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Summer Music Camps Return to Mississippi College for Seventh Season

May 18, 2012

For five days this summer, campers get the opportunity to learn about music from an award-winning faculty, live in Mississippi College residence halls, and take part in a talent show on the Clinton campus.

It’s all part of MC’s seventh annual Summer Music Camp. There are more than 50 young musicians already signed up, and school officials are still reserving a few more spots. Last year, about 60 students were enrolled.

The camp dates are June 30-July 6.

“The teachers are phenomenal,” Clinton High student Anna Breland, 15, said at last summer’s camp. “I’m coming back!”

The 2012 MC Department of Music program is designed for students entering the 7th grade through graduating high school seniors and provides an emphasis on keyboard and voice. Guitar instruction also will be available.

Camp directors Carol Joy Sparkman and Bob Knupp will be assisted by other music colleagues to teach classes and offer private lessons in keyboard, voice, guitar, violin and composition.

Camp highlights include recitals by MC faculty and students, the talent show and a closing night honors recital.

Known as MC@MC, the camp at the Christian university is grateful to the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs state organization, local music clubs and the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, Sparkman said. The groups provide scholarships to a number of the campers, she said.

The majority of the students are from Mississippi, but the youngsters also travel from as far away as Texas and Louisiana. Last year, a half-dozen children made the short drive from their homes in Clinton.

The cost of the Mississippi College camp remains $400, the same price charged a year ago.

Dozens of the campers have been repeat customers. Last summer, it marked the third consecutive summer camp visit for 15-year-old Samuel Gearhart of Clinton. Several MC faculty and staff members send their children.

Over the years, other camp instructors have included Music Department Chairman James Meaders, director of the MC Singers, and professor Angie Willoughby, a celebrated Mississippi pianist.

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


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