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New Band & Choir Summer Camp for High School Students Offered at Ramapo College

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MAHWAH, NJ – A new Band & Choir Camp at Ramapo College offers opportunities for high school instrumentalists and singers to perform in ensembles this summer. Students perform in either concert band or chorale, study musicianship, and choose from music performance electives such as Brazilian drumming, music improvisation, technique for singers or percussion ensemble. All participants showcase their talents during a finale performance open to families and friends. The program runs July 13-24, 2015.

The Band & Choir Camp is open to high school students entering ninth-twelfth grades. Throughout the two-week summer music immersion, students advance their performance skills with two rehearsals each day in either band or chorale, depending on background and interest. Pre-college music theory or music fundamentals courses are tailored to fit individual needs and taught in small class settings. Students further customize their learning experience through electives and an optional small group technique for singers or instrumental ensemble at the end of each day.

Information Sessions presented by the program faculty are scheduled on Monday, March 16 in BC-301 and on Tuesday, April 21 in BC-142 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. Pre-registration is requested online at or call 201-684-7370.

The Ramapo Band & Choir Camp is led by two Ramapo College distinguished professors. Dr. Lisa Lutter is conductor of the Ramapo Chorale and founder/artistic director of Cantate Guam. Both ensembles have won gold medals in international competition and appeared with Grammy award winners. Choirs under Dr. Lutter’s direction have toured throughout the U.S., Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Mexico and Russia. As a soprano, she performed at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and was a regional Metropolitan Opera Finalist. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Dr. Christian Wilhjelm is conductor of the Ramapo College Concert Band and founder/conductor of the Ridgewood Concert Band, one of the leading wind orchestras in the nation. Dr. Wilhjelm is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. A French hornist, Dr. Wilhjelm has played at the Tanglewood Music Festival as a Leonard Bernstein fellow and under the batons of some of the world’s leading conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Arthur Fiedler and Seiji Ozawa. He received the Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University. Music fundamentals, music theory and all elective performance courses are taught by specialists in each area.

To learn more about the Ramapo Band & Choir Camp, please sign up for an Information Session at:, or call the Ramapo College Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at 201-684-7370.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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