Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lamar Stringfield String Camp 2009

This week (and last) I am teaching at the Lamar Stringfield String Camp at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. This little string camp is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is truly a gem in our world of string education.

The camp is 2 weeks long and students have the option of attending for 1 or both of the weeks of camp. It serves students from ages 6 through high school and all levels of playing. The camp features 3 orchestras, music theory lessons, sectional rehearsals, technique lessons, a daily concert, opportunities for swimming and other activities, and lots of fun and love. In addition to a staff of wonderful professionals from the world of string education, there is a team of "counselors" that are advanced string players from local high schools and colleges that serve an invaluable role for the camp as the liaison between the instructors and the students.

In the coming days I will post some various thoughts and remarks about the camp. There are so many positive things going on here and I really want to share them with you all.

For now, let me just say that I am having a great time and am so pleased to be part of this wonderful camp for the 2nd year. The camp was founded by Phyllis Garris, a long time string faculty member at Meredith College. The is wonderful loving woman who is truly interested in getting kids excited about string music. The camp directors are Margaret Garris, Phyllis' daughter and string educator, who is carrying on the tradition started by her Mom, and Virginia Hudson, cello instructor at Meredith. They are magnificent folks that truly keep the overall vision of the camp in focus as they prepare for each and every day of the experience.

Two of my sons are attending the camp this week (more about this later) and I couldn't feel more fortunate for them to have this opportunity.

If you are in the Raleigh area and teaching strings, check out the camp and send your students. They will have an experience of a lifetime.

More to come on this great camp.

For now, I have to head to Raleigh!


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