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Summer music camp planned at Spivey Hall

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The annual Summer Music Camp at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall is open to students in fourth, through seventh grades.

Special Photo The annual Summer Music Camp at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall is open to students in fourth, through seventh grades.

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

Applications are being taken for the third annual children's summer music camp at Clayton State University's prestigious Spivey Hall.

Musically-inclined students in fourth, through seventh grades will get a comprehensive education in singing, sight-reading and music theory, said CSU Education Manager Catherine Giel.

"We offer this to children in this age group because these are the formative years when they are making decisions on an interest in music," said Giel.

Students will also learn to play Orff instruments and tone chimes, and participate in a piano lab, she said. At the end of the June 13-17 camp, students will showcase their talents during a performance at Spivey Hall. The afternoon concert is free and no tickets are necessary.

About 13 kids signed up for the first camp in 2009, and that number doubled the following year. While Giel hopes to see increased interest, she said the program is not designed for more than about 25 or 26 students.

Music specialists Craig Hurley and Steven Wooddell will work with the students primarily at Spivey Hall, but activities may also take place in surrounding campus buildings. Hurley is the conductor of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the training choir for the nationally-renowned Spivey Hall Children's Choir. He is also the music specialist at Kingston Elementary School in Kingston, Ga., where he teaches general music to kindergartners, through fifth-graders.

Wooddell is the accompanist of the Spivey Hall Young Artists and is music director at First Presbyterian Church in Rome.

Registration for the day camp, believed to be the only one of its kind in the state, is required by May 20. The cost is $150 and includes everything except lunch, Giel said. Members of the Spivey Hall Young Artists pay a reduced rate of $125. Applications may be downloaded from the web site at www.spiveyhall.org/education.

Giel said most of the students who attend live in the Southern Crescent, because of proximity to the college.

"We have a lot of interest from parents north of Atlanta, but it is just too far to drive because camp starts at 9:30 every day," she said. Classes end at 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the fee and application, students must provide a recommendation from a music teacher.

"We've had an overwhelming growing response," Giel said. "The kids are getting an excellent music education."