Deadline near for music camp registration

By Curt Yeomans


Area residents have nine more days to register their children for the annual Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp at Clayton State University, before the sign-up fee goes up, according to the concert hall's education manager.

The music camp is for students who will be enrolled in the fourth-through-seventh grades during the 2010-2011 school year. They will be taught music theory, musical instruments, sight-reading, folk dancing, and singing, said Catherine Striplin, Spivey Hall's education manager.

She added that the camp will be held June 14-18, at Spivey Hall, which is located on Clayton State's campus in Morrow. According to the Spivey Hall web site, people who register their children by May 14 will only have to pay $150 per student, but the cost goes up to $175 per student, after that date. Striplin said she must receive all applications by June 1.

There are slots for 30 children in the camp, and it is open to any youths living anywhere in the metro-Atlanta area, according to Striplin.

"We would like to take up to 30 children this year," she said. "Last year, we took 18 children, so somewhere in that range is where we would like to keep it. They get a lot more individualized attention, and instruction, from the instructors this way."

The application packets can be found on the Spivey Hall web site, in the education programs section. The web site address for information related to the camp is: www.spiveyhall.org/education/summercamp/.

Much of the program is the same from last year, Striplin said, meaning the participating youths will spend their days at the camp preparing for an end-of-camp musical performance.

She said the children will have a class in music theory each day, as well as a piano lab where they will be taught the basics of piano playing. There will also be group lessons, in which the children sing, learn how sight-reading sheet music works, play percussion instruments, and tone chimes, and practice folk dances.

Craig Hurley, the director of the Spivey Hall Young Artists choir, and Steven Wooddell, the piano accompanist for the group, will lead the classes, according to Spivey Hall's web site.

"The camp is really tailored to students who are just beginning to think about joining their school's chorus, or orchestra, or band," Striplin said. "They will have the opportunity to develop beginning musical skills."

For more information on the camp, call (678) 466-4491, or send an e-mail to EducationManager@SpiveyHall.org.


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