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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.