Summer Youth Music Camp
Lenoir-Rhyne University is hosting its sixth annual Summer Youth Music Band Camp for middle school and high school students. The camp is scheduled from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, 2018 in the Mauney Music Building, located on the campus of LRU.
The camp retains its day camp option with instruction from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Students can arrive as early at 8 am, and picked-up as late as 5:30 pm. Campers receive daily instruction during two full band classes each day, a small chamber ensemble class, and music theory/music appreciation class. The camp tuition includes instruction, five lunches in the LR dining hall, and a camp T-shirt.
New to the camp this year is an overnight camper option. Campers will arrive on the evening of Sunday, July 8. In addition to all of the camp activities outlined above, overnight campers will have overnight supervised housing, evening social activities or entertainment, and 14 total meals in the LR dining hall.
The program features experienced, award winning music educators. Past band instructors have included Neil Underwood, Director of Lenoir-Rhyne's Spirit of LR Marching Band, as well as Leah Massey, Ted Neely, Jerry Lowe, Haskew Smith, Tammy Reyes, and Jenny Lanier.
Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music, joined Lenoir-Rhyne in 1997. He teaches music history and appreciation, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble, and applied brass lessons on trombone and euphonium.
He served as coordinator of the music program from 2008-2013, and was also the coordinator of music education until 2017. 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.