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CSU gearing up for summer music camp

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These youngsters participated in last year’s music camp hosted at Clayton State University. For one week in June, youths have the opportunity to work with music specialists.

Special Photo These youngsters participated in last year’s music camp hosted at Clayton State University. For one week in June, youths have the opportunity to work with music specialists.

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall is gearing up for its fourth annual “Summer Music Camp.”

Catherine Giel, education manager for Spivey Hall, said the camp will run from Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., each day. “Registration is now open and the deadline to register is Friday, May 25,” said Giel.

She said the summer camp is designed for both boys and girls who will be in fourth to seventh grade in the 2012-13 school year. “Participation is not limited to previous choral experience; however, students need to be able to sing on pitch before camp begins,” she said. “Teacher recommendations are required.”

The Summer Music Camp will be located primarily at Spivey Hall, on the campus of Clayton State. However, Giel said some activities will take place in the Music Education Building. “All participants will check in and out from Spivey Hall each day of camp,” she said.

The camp, Giel said, serves about 25 children, on average, but she is hoping to accommodate more. “We would love to offer more individual instruction, but, so far, we only get about 25 applicants a year,” she said. “But, if we ever got more than that, we certainly would do everything we could to accommodate them.”

Sidney Looney, 12, has attended the camp the last two years. She said each year the camp has been even more exciting for her. “It’s been really fun, I’ve enjoyed the singing and dancing,” said the youngster.

During last year’s camp, Giel said, the youngsters performed several folk and jazz songs, as well as spirituals during a concert to culminate the week long experience. She said the students even coordinated a special combination — “How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor, with the Georgia Tech Men’s A Cappella Group’s “Sympathetic Vibrations.”

Giel added those who decide to participate in this year’s camp will also have the opportunity to work with music specialists, such as Craig Hurley and Marcena Kinney. She said the camp will feature singing, playing Orff instruments and tone chimes, piano lab, folk dancing, and performing in Spivey Hall.

Hurley is the conductor of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the training choir of the nationally renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, said Giel. Hurley is the music specialist at Ford Elementary School in Cobb County, where he teaches general music to kindergartners through fifth-graders.

“Kinney,” she added, “is the accompanist of the Spivey Hall Young Artists and has served on the faculties of Paine College, Augusta State University, Agnes Scott College, and Georgia Perimeter College.”

The cost to attend Summer Music Camp is $150 per student, due in full before the registration deadline of Friday, May 25. Giel said members of the Spivey Hall Young Artists program can register for $125.

“A late registration fee of $175 per student will be accepted after May 25 on a space-available basis,” she said. “Checks may be made payable to Clayton State University and mailed to Spivey Hall with the registration form, payment form, waiver, and music teacher’s recommendation.”

“Participants of the Spivey Hall 2012 Summer Music Camp will give a free public performance in Spivey Hall on Friday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m., to showcase their talents,” said Giel. “All families and friends are welcome to attend. No tickets are required, and seating will be general admission.”

For more information about the camp, visit www.spiveyhall.org/education, e-mail EducationManager@SpiveyHall.org, or call (678) 466-4481 for complete registration information.