Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-07-07

Sixty-six young musicians in grades one through 12 are at Samford University this week (July 6-10) participating in Adventures in Music camp.

The popular camp for piano and voice students celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Connie Macon is founding director.

The Monday-Thursday daily schedule includes classes 8 -11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m, a guest artist performance at 2 p.m., recreation at 3:10 p.m. and swimming at 3:45 p.m.

Class topics are theory, Orff, music literature, piano ensemble, private lessons, practice and computer music.

Friday's events include a scavenger hunt, solo recitals and other activities. A gala program at 6:30 p.m. will feature ensemble performances, awards ceremony and a slide show highlighting the past two decades of Adventures in Music.

Guest performances at 2 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall feature: Monday-pianist Diana Preoteasa; Tuesday-classical vocal music with Dr. Joe Hopkins, Suzanne Hopkins, Haley Longino and Becky Thornton; Wednesday-jazz musicians Chad Fisher, Gary Wheat, Coleman Woodson, Tim Carroll and Michael Glaser; Thursday--violinist Jeffrey Flaniken and violist Angie Flaniken.

Dozens of grade-schoolers and teens enjoyed an earlier Adventures in Music camp in June. Later this month, pre-schoolers will have their own All Aboard for Music camp July 13-17.

The camps are sponsored by Samford School of the Arts' Preparatory Music Department.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.