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Summer Music Camp at Mississippi College Marks Eighth Season

May 22, 2013

Campers are coming from Texas, Louisiana and around the Magnolia State to enhance their music skills at Mississippi College this summer.

About 60 students are expected to attend the 8th annual Summer Music Camp on the Clinton campus. It’s jam-packed with activities – from a talent show to music recitals and classes with award-winning MC professors.

“Campers will have the opportunity to choose from classes such as music theory, photography, piano improvisation, as well as private and group instruction in voice or keyboard,” said music professor Carol Joy Sparkman. The focus will be on vocal and keyboard skills.

The camp runs from Sunday June 30th through Saturday July 6th. Campers will take part in activities on Independence Day, July 4, on the Clinton campus.

Eligible students will range from those who completed 6th grade through recent high school graduates. Tuition is $400, the same price charged the past two years. The fee covers all instruction, lodging in the university’s residence halls, meals in campus dining halls and a camp T-shirt.

Professors from the Department of Music will serve as faculty members, while current Mississippi College music students will take on duties as camp counselors.

“This camp is perfect for the student who is interested in music as an avocation or vocation,” says Sparkman, the camp’s co-director with music colleague Bob Knupp. “A limited number of openings remain available.”

As of May 22, there were 36 students signed up. But, the camp, better known as MC@MC, is typically booked solid every year, and can accommodate up to 60 boys and girls.

Mississippi students are coming from such schools as East Rankin Academy, Ridgeland High, Brandon Middle School, Clinton High, Oxford High, Oak Grove High, St. Andrews Episcopal School, and Starkville High. Students will travel to Clinton from North Forney High in Texas, and Mandeville High in Louisiana.

Many of the MC campers are repeat customers.

For more information, contact Dottie Serio of the Mississippi College Department of Music at 601.925.3440.

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