Summer Music Camp Making A Return In Payson

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Up and coming young singers and musicians can sharpen their skills this summer during Payson's annual summer music camp.

The camp, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 19 to July 29, will feature five classes. Students can take as many classes as they like to tailor the camp to their interests.

"Students often want to explore a little bit before they choose an instrument," Camp Director Carmelita Locke said. "The camp is a good, two-week introduction to an instrument and it helps them overcome the frustration of getting started because they'll be seeing a teacher every day.

"The camp gives us a chance to teach things that you can't always teach during the course of a school day. We're able to give them more personal attention, and it helps them gain a better understanding of written music, and it's a lot of fun."

The camp, which will be held in the Payson High School auditorium, is open to children in fourth through 12th grades, and to children who are entering the third grade and would like to learn a stringed instrument.

A new conducting class has been added this year so students can learn how to conduct a class, Locke said, and a special audition-prep class has been added for high school choral students.

The audition-prep class, which will be held as a separate mini-camp, will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

"It's basically geared to get students ready for high school regionals and college scholarships," Locke said. "We want to give them an idea of what to expect in an audition. It will include appropriate solo literature, sight reading and theory."

Registration is $15 a student for both the regular music camp and the special audition-prep camp. Registration forms and drop-off boxes are available in the offices at the Rim Country Middle School and all three Payson elementary schools.

A sign-up and registration day will be held from 8 a.m. to noon June 18 at the high school band room. Fees are due at the time of registration and students must be registered by July 1. Camp scholarships are available for students who qualify. For details, call Locke at 474-3490.

Students also must have access to an instrument by the time they register, Locke said. Some school instruments are available on loan. To reserve an instrument, call Ileane Gonzales at 474-6376.

The culmination of the camp, which is sponsored by the Payson School District and the Rim Country Civic Orchestra, will be a free student concert at 7 p.m. July 29 at the high school auditorium.

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