Sumer Music School tuning up for 24th year

It’s not just for music, although there are lots of options available if that’s where your interests lie.

The Warren County Summer Music School is returning Monday, June 10 with course offerings in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar, harp, handbells, singing and even a drum circle, but there are plenty of other options for students as well.

Students in grades seven and up can participate in a jazz workshop. There are art offerings including new programs in drawing, watercolors and book and paper making. Four separate dance classes tap, swing dance, jazz and ballroom dance are available. Four theatre courses are offered, including two musical theatre classes new this year, “Showbiz Kids Jr.” for those in grades five and six and “A Class Act Sr.” for students in grade seven and up. Classes on yoga, music theory and instrument repair are also available.

Singing courses will offer a wide offering this year, with three new courses, including one aimed at boys.

The Summer Music School has been a fixture of Warren County summers for 24 years, according to Director Ann Mead, and will be open to individuals from grade five through adults.

Classes are staffed by certified teachers from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 10 through 28.

“We have some adults who have signed up this year,” Mead said. “I think the program is unique among summer programs in the community since it has been stable for 24 years… thanks to the support of the community, a very dedicated board of directors and the support of the Warren County School District.”

The school district’s contribution includes providing a facility to house the program at Warren Area Elementary Center.

“(It) is just the most beautiful place to have it,” Mead said. “We are all very grateful of the collaboration we have had and the support we have received from the school district.”

June 14, 25 and 27 serve a special purpose for the program this year.

On June 14, the school will hold its “Learn and Play with Me Day”. The event is a chance for students to bring a guest along to participate in classes.

“It’s a hands-on approach for guests of our students to come a play in class in the morning,” Mead said. “It’s a wonderful experience to let the parents know just what they’re learning and just how they learn.”

On June 25, students will stage a one-hour recital. According to Mead, guests from area senior centers and assisted living facilities will be invited to attend.

On June 27, students have once again been invited to participate in the “Pops at the Fountain” concert at 7 p.m. with the Warren Philharmonic. Members of the school show choir, orchestra group and a group of strings students will participate.

“We are pleased to have been asked to participate again this year,” Mead said. “This is a unique collaboration for our students who, after practicing for three weeks in summer music school with just a brief dress rehearsal just before, will perform with the philharmonic under the direction of Bryan Eckinrode.”

Mead estimated average enrollment in the school at between 150 and 170 students.

“That is a good number of students to come bounding off the buses June 10 and we love to see them,” Mead said.

Further information on the school; including a complete listing of course offerings, tuition and registration information is available online at www.wcsms.org.