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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.