Summer Youth Music Camp
Lenoir-Rhyne University is hosting its fifth annual Summer Youth Music Band Camp for middle school and high school students. The camp is scheduled from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, 2017 in the Mauney Music Building, located on the campus of LRU.
“The band camp offers students a fun way to continue to develop their skills as young musicians and, at the same time, provides an opportunity for them to keep active with music during the summer,” said Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Director of the camp and Professor of Music at LRU.
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.
Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music, joined Lenoir-Rhyne in 1997. He teaches music history, applied brass lessons in trombone, euphonium, brass ensemble, and jazz ensemble.
He served Lenoir-Rhyne as coordinator of the music program from 2008-20013, and maintains his role as coordinator of music education. Dr. Nigrelli also served the region by forwarding the cause of music education through serving on the Board of Directors for the LHS Foundation, the governing body for the Harper School of Performing Arts, based in Lenoir, North Carolina. He also served as a member-at-large for the Board of Directors at the inception of the North Carolina Bandmasters Jazz Section. Dr. Nigrelli is the Camp Director for Lenoir-Rhyne Summer Youth Music, which will be in its 5th year in 2017. He regularly conducts jazz and concert band clinics and brass master classes throughout the region.
Dr. Nigrelli holds the position of principal trombone in the Western Piedmont Symphony. He enjoys performing frequently throughout the southeast, most notably as a founding member of the former Charlotte Brass Quintet and Charlotte Chamber Brass, and the Palmetto Posaunen. He is a past winner of the International Trombone Association's Robert Marsteller Solo Competition.
Dr. Nigrelli received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Arts in Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.