Middle and high school band students interested in enhancing their skills over the summer are encouraged to register for Lenoir-Rhyne University's fifth annual Youth Music Band Camp. This year's camp is scheduled from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 in the Mauney Music Building, located on the Hickory campus of LRU. Instruction is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with supervised early drop-off in the morning, beginning at 8 a.m., and afternoon recreational time until 5:30 p.m.
"The camp provides students a unique opportunity learn from professional clinicians and perform with other talented students from throughout the Unifour," said Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music at LRU and camp director. "It is a great opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills in a fun, interactive learning environment." Dr. Nigrelli added that students at the camp will perform in a concert band throughout the week in addition to other ensembles.
According to Nigrelli, the program features experienced, award winning music educators. Neil Underwood, Director of Lenoir-Rhyne's Spirit of LR marching band will conduct the high school band. Underwood taught in the public school system, most recently at North Lincoln High School, for over 32 years before retiring in 2015. In addition to being named Teacher of the Year twice as well as Citizenship Teacher of the Year, he was named as North Carolina's "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" in the School Band and Orchestra magazine's December 2013 issue.
Leah Massey, an award winning band director at Hudson Middle School in Caldwell County will conduct the middle school band. She is in her twelfth year of teaching and has served as the band director at Hudson Middle School since 2008. She is a member of the Northwest District Band Masters Association where she has served as the MPA Chairperson and currently serves as a Middle School Representative. Massey is a member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the American School Band Directors Association - a prestigious organization which focuses largely to serve others and to further education and mentor colleagues within the field. In addition, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year in both 2007-08 and 2012-13 school years.
Tuition for the LR camp is $180 for the week, which includes lunch each day and a music camp T-shirt. Space for the program is limited. To register, visit lr.edu/publicevents or, for more information, contact Dr. Nigrelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.