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The annual Summer Strings and Band camp always ends with a grand finale concert and cake a balloons. Shirley Mullins conducted this one c. 2010 in Kings Yard.

The annual Summer Strings and Band camp always ends with a grand finale concert with cake and balloons. Shirley Mullins conducted and played in this one in Kings Yard around 2010.

Yellow Springs day camp welcomes aspiring musicians

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Yellow Springs Summer Music Camp opens its 52nd season next week at Mills Lawn School. Two sessions of week-long music lessons, ensembles and theory classes will be held from July 6–10 and July 13–18 for youth and adult musicians with at least one year of experience on an instrument or in voice. 

The camps operate from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are open to vocalists as well as both band and orchestral musicians.  

The camp was founded by Shirley Mullins, a nationally known music educator, writer and speaker who started the Yellow Springs High School Orchestra program in the 1970s and continues to teach and conduct in the village. The program director is Dennis Farmer, founder of Miami Valley Music Institute and former YSHS band and orchestra director. Teaching voice this summer is Wright State University alumna Anna Townsend, who has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Collegiate Chorale, appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off” with Eleventh Hour, and is an active member of the pop a cappella group, ETHOS. YSHS alumna Whitney (Finster) Murn, a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and band teacher at MusicAlliance near Cleveland, and Alex Moore, who also attended BWU and Wright State’s School of Music, will also teach during the two-week camp.

Each week will conclude with solo and small ensemble recitals on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and a Friday concert at 6:30 p.m. on Mills Lawn. The Grand Finale Concert will be Saturday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Mills Lawn with a Musical Bake Sale that morning at 10 a.m., when campers play on the streets and families bring baked goods to help raise funds for the Yellow Springs Youth Orchestra Association that supports the camp. Weather permitting, a trip to Corner Cone and a pizza party at Gaunt Park pool will follow.

The cost for each week of camp is $80; $140 for two weeks. Cost is $80 for a week; $140 for two. More information is available at http://www.miamivalleymusic.com.



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