Concordia academy tunes up new artists

Summer camp lets children express their musical talents

A unique summer camp for kids is coming to Concordia University. It's the Collective Sound Music Academy, an extension of a longtime program from California for aspiring songwriters, recording artists and performers.

It is from July 18 to July 30 at Concordia for kids 12 to 18. Early registration has passed, but there is still room in the camp; however, it's fairly expensive: $2,500 for two weeks of instruction, which includes food and housing, or $1,250 for kids who stay off campus.

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The camp is designed to nurture tomorrow's music innovators and leaders with authentic programs for writing, performance, recording and touring. The curriculum includes music theory, songwriting, music technology, video, photography, guest lectures and clinics, field trips, live performance and touring. It's designed for students of guitar, bass, drums, voice, keyboard/piano and electronic music.

At the Concordia camp, students are asked to write two original songs the first week and record one in a professional studio and one in a home recording setup. Musicians will be performing live at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Camp scholarships are available for those with financial need.

The Collective Sound has partnered with music industry leaders for years - Capitol Records, Volcom Entertainment, Sabian and more.

- Jason Vondersmith