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Summer Youth Music Camp

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and related considerations for public health and safety, we will not hold choral and band camps during the summer of 2020. All payments for our 2020 camp are 100% refundable, and will be processed in as timely a fashion as possible. We will miss our campers and the fun of sharing music in person during the summer of 2020, but will return in the summer of 2021. Please revisit this page for updates. —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 19 through Friday, July 23, 2020, 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 two full ensemble classes each day, chamber ensembles, and musicianship classes. The camp tuition includes instruction, five lunches in the LR dining hall, and a camp T-shirt.

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. Residential campers will arrive on the Sunday evening preceding camp. (June 20 for Choral, July 18 for band). 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.

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, music education and marching band staff, and Neil Underwood, Director or Lenoir-Rhyne’s Spirit of LR Marching Band.


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 2020. 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 enjoys performing frequently throughout the southeast, most notably in past work as 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 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.