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Music campers create music and record CDs

Monday, August 4th, 2014 | Posted by
(photo courtesy Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)

(photo courtesy Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)

Twenty-six youngsters had the opportunity last week to make beautiful music together, culminating in their own CD at the end of New Song Music Camp, directed by Directed by Andrew DeVeny and Erik Weidenhamer at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

“Campers” spent every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. learning to play various instruments, create original music together and learn learn stories through songs, said Anne Abrams, publicist for the camp, who added that the process includes play time. Campers, who came with or without musical experience, also had the opportunity to make an instrument of their own to take home with them on Friday, Aug. 1, along with a souvenir T-shirt.

(photo courtesy Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)

(photo courtesy Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)

According to the Center’s Arts & Outreach Programs Manager Tracy Sawyer, some of the groups that the children break into on the first day ultimately “create ethereal, unstructured, improvisational music while others compose lyrics to familiar tunes or do covers of popular hits. And they’re all good!” 

In addition, participants held photo shoots and created CD covers for their band’s CD. The play time, according to Sawyer, includes scavenger hunts, relay games with water and an “epic water battle” in which campers also conspire to drench camp staff.

Sawyer said that several of the kids, after their hands-on guitar instruction, played “Twinkle Twinkle” adeptly. The students also learned the science behind the sounds the various horns make, she said.

The camp is offered every year at the Center. See wellsfargocenterarts.org for more information. 

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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