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Summer Youth Music Camp

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: As of April 2021, we will are thrilled to announce that we will be operating in-person Choral and Band Camps. We will use COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures developed for the 2020-2021 academic year at LR, which have proven to be successful. We will continue to monitor national, state, local, and University policies and conditions for guidance and adherence. – Christopher Nigrelli, Camp Director.

Summer Camp participants pose for a picture.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is hosting its eighth annual Summer Youth Music Band Camp for middle school and high school students. The band camp is scheduled from Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16, 2021, and the Choral Camp will run from Monday, June 21 through Friday June 25, 2021. Both camps are housed in the Mauney Music Building, located on the campus of LR.

Campers receive daily instruction during full ensemble rehearsals, supplemented by smaller group sectionals and coachings. 

The 2021 camp will be a day camp only. We expect the residential camp option to return in 2022. Daily instruction will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day, with pick up to occur by 5:30 p.m.  

Our summer camp programs feature instruction by Lenoir-Rhyne faculty, and experienced, award-winning public school music educators. Past band instructors have included Neil Underwood, Colonel Jeffrey Warner of the U.S. Air Force (ret.), as well as Jason Childers, Amy Alexander, Andrew Blair, Leah Massey, Ted Neely, Jerry Lowe, Haskew Smith, Tammy Reyes, and Jenny Lanier.

Leading the camps alongside Camp Director Christopher Nigrelli is Dr. Ryan Luhrs, Director of Choral Activities at Lenoir-Rhyne, Ted Neely, camp co-founder, and Neil Underwood, Director or Lenoir-Rhyne’s Spirit of LR Marching Band.
The Choral Camp ensemble clinician is Dr. Luhrs; The Band camp ensemble clinicians are Professor Underwood (HS) and Ms. Ruth Petersen (MS).


Christopher Nigrelli

Christopher Nigrelli

Professor of Music

Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music, joined Lenoir-Rhyne in 1997. He teaches music history and appreciation, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble, world music, and applied brass lessons on trombone and euphonium. He served as coordinator of the music program from 2008-2013, and returned to the role in 2018. He was also the coordinator of music education from 2007-2017.

Dr. Nigrelli is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Western Piedmont Symphony, and was the chair of the Music Director Search following the retirement of its long-time Conductor and Music Director, John Gordon Ross. He also forwarded 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 8th year in 2021. He regularly conducts jazz and concert band clinics and brass master classes throughout the region.

Dr. Nigrelli held the position of principal trombone in the Western Piedmont Symphony for 19 years. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in trombone performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

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