BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County Music Teachers Association is hosting a music camp for children ages 6 to 13 on Monday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blackfoot Christian Fellowship, 2550 Rose Road.
The camp will include lessons from skilled musicians in voice, movement, musical theater, jazz and African drums.
Children from grades 1 to 8 are invited. The cost is $ 25 per child. Bring a lunch bag. Send forms and money to Diane Burt, 1040 Packer Drive, Blackfoot, ID 83221, and participants are encouraged to register by June 1, with late registrations being accepted this week.
A professional jazz band will accompany an African drum circle among other fun things. All proceeds will go to the Bingham County Music Bursaries. If you have any questions, call Diane Burt at (801) 580-7555.
Burt is a soprano who has performed over 25 faculty recitals and 35 guest recitals. Previously, she taught private voice, opera workshops and music education classes. She taught at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Idaho State University, and public school systems for a total of 27 years. She has presented and published for the International Congress of Singing Teachers and National Singing Teachers. She judges frequently. She is married to R. Russell Burt, DDS, and together they have five children and 10 grandchildren.
His two sons, Danny and Christopher Burt, are also in the jazz group. Chris is the drummer and Danny sings and plays the trombone. The four jazz members will help children participate in jazz and the African drummer (not from Africa, but a retired educator) will help each child play an African drum. These drums are made in Africa and help less fortunate societies.
Norbert Farkas will be part of the jazz part of the camp. He began his jazz studies in 2004 in his home country, Hungary. He then traveled to Graz, Austria, to study with bassist Wayne Darling at Performing Arts University. He moved to New York in 2013 and toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Later, he was part of the “Steamboat Syncopators” on a Mississippi riverboat called the American Queen. He currently lives and works in Utah. Norbert shared the stage with musicians like Don Menza, Randy Brecker, Donny McCaslin, Jim Rotondi, Luis Bonilla, Michael Kanan, Pasquale Grasso, Lynn Roberts, Terry Myers, Rudy Petschauer, Tony Jefferson and Paul Odeh.
Jose Cabrera will also be part of the jazz program. He’s a musician from the Dominican Republic. He is a jazz pianist, arranger, composer, soloist and accompanist, piano teacher and piano technician.
Jose attended the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, where he was educated as a piano performer, and graduated in piano technology under the supervision of Swedish master technician Claes Mart; it was there that he would later work as a jazz piano teacher for several years, while working as an instructor for the national choir, as a freelance musician and running his own piano maintenance business in the Dominican Republic.
As a performing artist, he has participated in various musical events, such as the “Katarei” Jazz Festivals in Santo Domingo and the International Choir Festival in Lima, Peru, as a piano accompanist. He has shared the stage with internationally renowned artists such as Brazilian singer Djavan, jazz pianist Michel Camilo, among others; has collaborated in studio sessions with bassist Carlitos del Puerto (bassist of Chick Corea), he has arranged and composed music in various genres, for solo artists and music libraries for labels such as Anarchy Records, and has arranged, produced and performed a Christmas piano solo album for Deseret Books label Shadow Mountain Records.