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PRESS RELEASE: The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) Opens for its First Season in Summer 2016

Contact: Keisuke Hoashi, President, MiPAC

The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) Opens for its First Season in Summer 2016

New summer music camp will be hosted at Adrian College in Adrian, MI

ADRIAN, MICHIGAN (Feb 22, 2016) – The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) announces it is accepting applications for its first season, June 26 – July 23, 2016.

MiPAC is a four-week summer music camp for young musicians ages 10-18 of all musical levels. It is hosted on the campus of Adrian College in the city of Adrian, Michigan, and is open to both resident and day campers.

“What really makes our camp special is the freedom that we give to our campers,” said Timothy Martuch, co-founder and Artistic Director of MiPAC. “They can choose to focus on a single instrument, or play different ones in every ensemble, even move among every musical style, genre, or field we offer. There’s no added cost to experiment, and no penalty for being curious. The only limit is how much you can fit into your day.”

MiPAC will have over 30 ensembles and classes, including 3 bands, 4 orchestras, 12 jazz groups, 4 choirs, rock bands, and chamber ensembles. Every camper performs every week, and each ensemble plays different music for each concert. A total of 25 performances are scheduled, all of them free and open to the public.

For campers interested in creating their own original music, MiPAC offers a complete “New Works Program” that features its “New Musical Workshop.” Keisuke Hoashi, MiPAC’s co-founder and president, developed and ran this workshop for 8 summers at other camps, eventually producing 21 original shows.

“We teach our campers the whole process of collaboratively writing an original one-act musical, and challenge them to put it up on stage in just 12 days,” said Hoashi. “It is the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding class we offer – and it’s truly amazing, every time, to see these young musicians premiere their very own Broadway-quality show for the world to hear.”

Complete descriptions of MiPAC’s programs are available at The camp’s online application form is available at

Keisuke Hoashi is a Hollywood actor with more than 150 film and TV credits, including Bob’s Burgers, Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Hot in Cleveland, and Jane the Virgin. He founded the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, and served as its Director of Communications and Resident Actor from 2006–2013. He is a former multimedia designer for the NCR Corporation, IBM, and AT&T.

Timothy Martuch holds degrees in Composition and Music Theory from Adrian College, where he is an Adjunct Professor and Performing Arts Recruiter. He is active throughout Michigan as a composer and performer, including positions at the Prelude String Orchestra, A Joyful Noise Music Studio, and Broken Television Entertainment.

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Daily Schedule Descriptions for the Verbose

Below are detailed descriptions of the ensembles and classes in each daily Block.

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7:00 am – 8:00 am | BREAKFAST
8:00 am – 9:00 am | Morning Classes (60 min)

Required, but you may choose from a dozen different classes, spanning musical education, practice techniques, and phys ed. Your choices may include:

  • Music Theory
  • Harmony
  • Conducting
  • Beginning Composition
  • Vocal / Instrumental Warmup
  • Physical Ed
  • Dance
  • Interpretive Gardening and Basketweaving

9:15 am – 10:15 am | MiPAC Concert Choir (60 min)
10:15 am – 10:30 am | Announcements (15 min)

Ya can’t be a truly well-rounded musician without knowing how to SING – and how to sing really, really well, in a big ol’ choir. That’s how you’ll spend this hour in the MIPAC CONCERT CHOIR. You’ll sing all manner of SATB music, from classical masterpieces to popular tunes, from weird contemporary stuff to a capella renditions of video game theme songs. THIS IS HOW GLEE CLUB CAN BE MADE TOTALLY COOL.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm | Morning Ensembles (75 min)

Here is where you’ll break out your main axe and start playing your fingers/lips/hearts out.

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Lab Jazz Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Repertory Band
  • Repertory Orchestra
  • Piano Ensembles/Studio Classes

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | LUNCH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Afternoon Classes (60 min)

After a delightful lunch of mystery meats and vampire veg, you’ll start your afternoon with the freedom to try something NEW. Take the chance to branch out into stuff you’ve never done before!

  • Yamaha SV Silent Electric Strings
  • Rock Bands
  • Composition Workshop
  • Beginning Guitar | Piano | Improvization
  • Acting (with Keisuke!)
  • Filmmaking
  • Songwriting
  • Hipster Training Workshop

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm | Afternoon Ensembles (75 min)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm | BREAK

Back to the meat and potatoes (tofu and tempeh?) of any music camp: the large ensembles. Followed by a 30-minute break in which you may sprawl on the grass in the quad for a well-earned catnap — as the more energetic campers leap and twirl around you, in games of Ultimate and high-stakes Lawn Bowling Tournaments.

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Choir
  • Ultimate Piano DeathMatch

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm | Small Ensembles (75 min)

It’s time for Small Ensembles! Refreshed from your break, head into your groups that will sharpen your musically finesse-y skills. Small ensembles improve your ear, your dynamic control, your team playing skills, even your posture and ability to match colors. In addition, the exclusive NEW MUSICAL WORKSHOP meets now to create a whole new 1-act show in 2 weeks.

  • New Musical Workshop (2-week program)
  • Jazz Combos
  • Chamber Ensembles (all instruments & voice)
  • Repertory Classes

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | DINNER
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm | BREAK
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | EVENING ACTIVITIES

  • Concerts
  • Masterclasses / Presentations on colleges, careers, seminars
  • Private Lessons
  • On-Campus Recreation
  • Off-Campus Recreational Trips
  • Video Game Tournaments

Your exciting, exhausting, musically and personally fulfilling days at MiPAC conclude with your return to your dorms at 10:00 p.m., followed by LIGHTS-OUT at 11:00 pm.

Then you get to do it all again tomorrow. WOOT!