UNCG Music Camp Retains Title: America’s Most Popular

The 32nd Annual Summer Music Camp program at UNCG is again hosting a capacity crowd of young musicians, retaining the title of largest university music camp in the nation.

Enrollment for 2014 is the largest in the history of the UNCG Summer Music Camp, with approximately 1,830 students in attendance. Since it began in 1983, some 54,000 student musicians have attended the camp.

“We’ve had a record demand for enrollment this year and it seems to grow every year,” said Dr. John R. Locke, founder and director of the music camp. In addition to the 1,830 students in the music camp, hundreds of others had to be turned away because all of the spaces had been filled.

The 2014 camp has drawn students from 15 states, from as far away as California, Vermont and Iowa, and three foreign countries. “Actually, nearly 200 students attended this summer from beyond the North Carolina border,” said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, associate camp director.

The Music Camp at UNCG is a large employer of both UNCG faculty and students as the total paid staff numbers approximately 150 persons, all of whom are musicians and music educators. “Many staff members merit regional, national and international acclaim,” said Dr. Randy Kohlenberg, associate camp director. “The quality and dedication of our entire staff is the single greatest strength of the UNCG Summer Music Camp.”

The Summer Music Camp, a program of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, features two one-week camps with offerings for Senior Band, Junior Band, Beginner Band, Senior Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, Piano Camp and Senior Mixed Chorus. This year, the Music Camp expanded by offering an additional week of Senior Orchestra, and for the first time establishing a Junior Mixed Chorus.

In total, the camp this years has included 15 concert bands, four orchestras, four mixed choruses, and 160 pianists. Week No. 1 was July 13 – 18 and Week No. 2 is July 20 – 25, 2014, on the UNCG campus.

The concluding concerts this week will be held Friday evening, July 25, in four separate locations on campus. The concerts are free-admission:

Cone Ballroom – Elliott University Center
6:15 p.m.
Junior Orchestra
Red Junior Band

Auditorium – Elliott University Center
6:15 p.m.
Green Beginner Band
Gold Beginner Band

Aycock Auditorium
6:15 p.m.
Senior Orchestra
Taylor Senior Band
Aycock Senior Band

Taylor Theatre
6:15 p.m.
White Junior Band
Blue Junior Band

Music Building Recital Hall
6:15 p.m.
Piano Soloists & Piano Camp Chorus
Senior Mixed Chorus

Editor’s note: Updated July 24, 8 a.m. to revise locations for two bands.


reposted from UNCG Campus Weekly