Student musicians put heart and soul into performing Romantic period music

Published 8:02 am Thursday, August 2, 2018

This evening, 42 middle and high school musicians participating in the ‘Strings and Sticks’ music camp will be performing a program at Westminster Presbyterian church.

The concert, which will take place at 5 p.m., will be the culmination of four days of music study, led by local music teachers and sponsored by The MacPhail Center for Music.

The camp was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and includes large group and small ensemble rehearsals as well as technique class and music history lectures. Students also share lunch and recess time.

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The camp was founded by retired orchestra teacher Sue Radloff nine years ago and was originally held at her home. When enrollment could no longer fit in her garage, Westminster Presbyterian Church and MacPhail stepped up to provide the camp with a new location.

Radloff created the event as a means for students to attend their first camp.

It was affordable, close to home and did not require an overnight stay. Students could sign up with their friends, brush up on their skills and get ready to go back to school.

This year Cheryl Collins co-chaired the event, which included 14 percussion students. Other faculty include Elizabeth Becker, Ester Barati, Jacob Crosby, Julia Niethammer and Brenda Radloff.

A dinner will follow the performance and all are invited to attend.