The Musical Program of Study at
Drayton Harbor Music Festival
The Drayton Harbor Music Festival is a gathering of young musicians for a week-long festival of music making with our world-class faculty. The faculty members come from throughout the United States and Canada and are celebrated performers in their fields, as well as being dedicated educators. The students, aged 12 through 19, are primarily from the northwest United States and Canada. Musical activities are centered in the Blaine, WA Middle School, the Performing Arts Center, and concert forums in the area. A feature of the festival is the close interaction between faculty and students as they collaboratively strive for quality musical experiences.
Musical activities are offered through the Festival’s two divisions:
Jazz and Classics to Contemporary
Classics to Contemporary Division
The Classics to Contemporary Division is designed for young musicians who typically (but not always) play classical instruments. The program gives these students an opportunity to perform an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from classic to modern post 20th century, which may include elements of rock, jazz, fusion, folk and new age. Improvisation and playing by ear are encouraged. The music is newly composed by our faculty each summer.
Students and faculty perform in the CC large ensemble in the morning, breaking into combos/chamber groups in the afternoon, where students compose and perform their own music. Instruments included in the Classic to Contemporary Division include orchestra strings and woodwinds, tuba, guitar, piano, percussion, guitar and voice. Trumpet and trombone players may also be admitted.
The Jazz Division offers experiences in both large and small jazz settings.
An Instrumental Jazz major in mornings will play in a Jazz Band or in the Let’s Rock Ensemble. The morning also offers master classes, workshops and sectional rehearsals. Afternoons are spent playing in combos and improv class.
The Vocal Jazz Program offers participation in Solo Vocal Performance, Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Songwriting. A resident faculty combo is available to all vocal jazz performers, and we offer an opportunity for select vocalists to perform with the festival studio jazz band. Songwriting students create and perform original pieces.
Want to try more than one?
Jazz or CC Instrumentalists may also perform in Jazz Choir by playing in Jazz Bands, Let’s Rock, or CC Large Ensemble in the morning, then attending Jazz Choir in the afternoon.
Vocalists who play an instrurment may sing in the vocal program in the morning and take a jazz combo in the afternoon.
Other morning/afternoon swaps are available by request.
THE DAILY SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
9:00 – 11:45 Jazz Bands I and II, plus master classes and sectional rehearsals
9:00 – 11:45 Let’s Rock: Guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums, plus master classes
1:15 - 3:50 Combos, Improvisation, Master Classes, Sectionals, Lab Bands, Workshops
9:00 - 10:20 Jazz Choir
10:25 - 11:45 Solo Vocal Performance and Songwriting
1:15 - 2:30 Songwriting, Solo Vocal, Vocal Workshop
2:35 - 3:50 Jazz Choir
*Jazz Instrumentalists are placed in Jazz Bands or Let’s Rock based upon audition results or desire (a student may elect Let’s Rock). The Let’s Rock class is made up of rhythm instrument players who rehearse and perform a variety of music styles, including rock, jazz, blues, and latin.
Classics to Contemporary
9:00 - 11:45 CC Ensemble, plus master classes
1:15 - 3:40 CC Combos
Private Lessons (optional) are available in voice, all instruments, and songwriting.