Lenoir-Rhyne University and the surrounding region feature award-winning music teachers and professional faculty gifted at helping aspiring musicians refine their skills and meet their potential.
They'll be on hand July 12-16 for the eighth annual Lenoir-Rhyne Summer Youth Band program along with middle school and high school musicians from throughout the area for a week's worth of instruction and development.
"The opportunity to return to playing together in a band is vital to the health and welfare of students," said Nigrelli, professor of music at LR and camp director. "Band is an important outlet for so many teens, and they've been largely away from this full-group setting for a long time. We're eager to get back to making music."
The program takes place in Mauney Music Building on LR's campus. Drop-off begins at 8 a.m. with instruction running from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $200, which includes instruction, lunch each day in the LR dining hall and a T-shirt.
Attendees receive daily instruction during full ensemble classes and in smaller group sectionals.
Leading the program alongside Nigrelli is Ted Neely, music education teacher and marching band staff, and Hall of Fame conductor Neil Underwood, who is the associate director of bands and director of the famed Spirit of Lenoir-Rhyne Marching Band.
Award-winning public-school educators, such as Bandmasters Association Award of Excellence recipient Ruth Petersen, are also taking part.
Past instructors have included Neely, Underwood, United States Air Force Col. Jeffrey Warner (ret.), Amy Alexander, Andrew Blair, Jason Childers, Jenny Lanier, Jerry Lowe, Leah Massey, Tammy Reyes and Haskew Smith.The program is subject to Lenoir-Rhyne University's COVID-19 safety protocols, which include daily health screening upon arrival, required masks for anyone who is not vaccinated when indoors and participants are required to bring their own water bottles. Frequent hand washing is encouraged, as well as social distancing.