During the academic year, it’s common to hear a variety of music wafting from the studios and rehearsal halls in Music Buildings I and II. During one week in the summer, passers-by are likely to be treated to some music as well, but this time by talented high school students participating in the Honors Music Institute (HMI). The 2015 institute took place July 12–18, with about 90 participants from across Pennsylvania and beyond.
The Honors Music Institute, directed by Jayne Glocke, started as a summer music camp in 1997 and has evolved into a prestigious opportunity for high school musicians. Originally called Summer Music at Penn State, the program was open to all and included options in choir, band, jazz band and piano. In 2013, in order to address participants’ desire for an appropriately challenging experience, the program was revamped and renamed the Honors Music Institute. Applicants to HMI must submit a YouTube video audition, which is evaluated by the institute’s faculty, many of whom are School of Music faculty members. Options for participants—selected based on level of musicianship and technical ability—now include chamber choir, piano and wind ensemble. For the full story, click here.