Strings Instructors:

Mathew Buchman (Director): Professor and Director of Jazz Studies. He is currently serving as president of the Wisconsin Association for Jazz Education. He has presented for WMEA, WMTA and serves as clinician/adjudicator for festivals around the upper Midwest and has been director of Camp COFAC since 2009.
 
Barbara Beechey (Viola)
Barbara Beechey, Ph.D., has taught full-time at the Lawrence University Academy of Music since 1999. She has developed a strong pre-college studio whose members have been accepted to schools such as Julliard, Oberlin, and UW-Madison.
 
Steve Bjella (Violin, Viola)
Professor and Coordinator of Strings. He has performed throughout the US, appearing both as a soloist and in a variety of chamber ensembles.
 
Lawrence Leviton (Cello)
Professor of Cello. He has been active as clinician and performer throughout the country. He also teaches music in film, cello pedagogy, music appreciation, and coaches chamber music. Dr. Leviton's students have gone on to successful careers as orchestral players and teachers. 
 
David Story (String Bass)
Assistant Professor of String Bass. He also teaches jazz combos and music theory. A busy performer in a variety of genres including jazz, orchestral and Broadway shows. He is a two-time semifinalist in the International Society of Bassists classical soloist competition.
 
 


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UW-Stevens Point
Camp COFAC: Music, Strings, and Video Production

 

Celebrating a 60+ year tradition...untraditionally!

Join Us. Camp COFAC is an intensive music immersion experience at UW-Stevens Point, offered by the College of Fine Arts & Communication (COFAC). The camp is open to students entering grades 9 - 12, as well as graduating seniors. The camp is directed by Mathew Buchman of the UWSP Department of Music and is held June 18-24, 2017. The week culminates in a concert on Saturday, June 24.
 
We’re Serious. Are You? Our mission is to develop and nurture young musicians by helping them discover new literature, techniques, and ideas while fostering confidence and enthusiasm. Instructors are comprised entirely of UWSP Faculty/Artists to ensure the best possible learning environment for students who are serious about music. No other camp in the state is exclusively staffed with resident university faculty. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music, develop long-lasting friendships and explore the vibrant university community of UW-Stevens Point. Whether you are an instrumentalist, a vocalist, a composer, or all three, Camp COFAC is the place to be this summer.
 
Strings. Campers studying violin, viola, cello and double bass work with and play side-by-side with Professors Bjella, Beechey, Leviton, and Story on a variety of technical and musical issues. Bowing, physical setup, chamber music, as well as work on improvisation and less traditional musical styles are covered. In addition to learning new music at camp, students are asked to bring recently performed or in-progress pieces for coaching.
 
Compose and Direct. Since Camp COFAC’s Composition program began in 2011, camp composers have written numerous band, orchestral, chamber and solo works which were performed by ensembles at Camp. One student’s composition was performed by the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble at the Wisconsin State Music Educators convention in 2012. (The composition program is optional).

An Intensive Week of Music

Sunday
From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. campers check-in at their residence hall. After a short introductory meeting, campers will break into studio groups by “major” with their primary faculty instructor. The emphasis during the first day is for faculty/staff to get to know you. Come prepared the first day to play, connect, and have fun.
 
During the Week
Campers will work exclusively with UWSP music faculty for a minimum of four hours per day in their “major.” Additional activities include large ensembles (band/choir/jazz ensemble), chamber ensembles (for strings/piano), theory/composition sessions, and history/aesthetics seminars. Individual practice time and recreation are also an important part of the daily schedule. Camp counselors are UWSP music majors who assist the campers throughout the week and provide an insider’s perspective about the life of a university music student. Faculty and counselors join campers for evening activities including a talent show and faculty/counselor recitals.
 
Saturday
Camp COFAC closes with a final concert on Saturday morning. Campers’ families are encouraged to attend. For your convenience, check-out is offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
 
Program details may change based on enrollment.
 
One more reason to choose Camp COFAC at UW-Stevens Point!
In Tune Magazine, a publication of the National Association for Music Education, has included UW-Stevens Point in its "Best Music Schools Special Report", which lists UWSP among the top 43 music schools in the country that have achieved technological innovations in their curricula. UWSP is in exalted company; other schools on the list include The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, and Northwestern University.
 
Teaching Artists, Transforming Lives

 

Camp COFAC Scholarships

Ten scholarships are available to outstanding strings players! Each merit-based scholarship is $200. Interested students entering grades 9-12 should submit a DVD or video link with their application no later than May 1, 2017.
 
Additionally, a limited number of scholarships are also available through the Wisconsin DPI Precollege Scholarship Program and the UW-Stevens Point College of Fine Arts and Communication. To apply, students must meet eligibility requirements and submit the required forms to the Camps COFAC office at UW-Stevens Point. Scholarship forms and criteria available on this website under Tuition.