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Friday, March 5, 2010

Second of TWO March Give-Aways: One Free Slot at Eastern Music Festival's Explorers Camp!

By Nana Wolfe-Hill, Director of Educational Programs at Eastern Music Festival

We are thrilled to announce that today's give-away is a generous spot for one lucky camper at Eastern Music Festival's (EMF) Explorers Camp in Greensboro for ages nine and 10. This is valued at $160!! Keep reading to get the full scoop on EMFexplorers as well as other camps and programs offered by EMF. We will choose a winner on Friday, March 12 and announce the winner on our site on Sunday, March 14. Details on registering for this camp are at the end of this blog. - TSP team

If your child hasn’t yet participated in one of the Eastern Music Festival Summer Camps, sign them up! Known as one of the best camps in the area, EMFkids (for ages 4-8) and EMFexplorers (ages 9-10) is a great way to introduce your child to all kinds of music. Geared towards classical music, jazz and blues, and Americana music, kids get to have fun while learning about the orchestra, instruments, and music history. They also receive lots of individual attention because the camps are so well-staffed.

EMFkids focuses on learning about the various instrument families of the orchestra by visiting a pre-professional orchestra every day. They get to go on stage, be right up close to the musicians, and listen to a professional conductor talk about each unique instrument. In addition to this great experience, the instructors of the camp present the material in a fun and accessible manner. The kids move and dance to music, play instruments, make crafts with music themes, etc. This camp is a great way to see if a specific instrument catches your child’s attention (in hopes that they would want to start lessons!). Private music lessons are such a great way to teach kids confidence, good work ethic, and a lifelong joy of music.

Introducing Young People to the Symphony Orchestra
Session 1: July 5 – 9 (Ages 4 & 5)
Session 2: July 12 – 16 (Ages 6 to 8)
Location: Guilford College

The EMFexplorers theme is new this year and is specifically designed for 9- and 10-year-olds – Backstage Pass: The Making of Music. Based mainly at the Music Academy of North Carolina (on Beaman Place near downtown), participants will explore lots of different kinds of music and music professions, including movie and video game music, jazz and blues, Americana, classical music, and composition. Every day is packed with hands-on activities, including a trip to MARS (the Music Academy’s Recording Studio) to make their own individual CD, creating and performing music to a scripted scene or video game, learning from professional bluegrass musicians, and visiting the orchestra.

Backstage Pass: The Making of Music
July 19 – 23 (Ages 9 & 10)
Location: Music Academy of North Carolina

EMF's Director of Marketing Ruth Spaulding's 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, attending EMF Explorer's camp and had this to say, “The talent you find in yourself (and the friends you make) at EMFexplorers is sensational. And you get a chance to be taught by some of the best instructors. You’ll make amazing memories that you will never forget.” She went on to start cello lessons after camp!!

The only down side is that the camps fill up fast, so contact EMF now if you’re interested! Visit for more info (including a daily schedule) or call 336.333.7450 x28 for a registration form.

In case you didn’t know, Eastern Music Festival & School is much more than summer camps. It’s a school for aspiring young musicians (aged 14-22) and an internationally-acclaimed summer musical festival. With more than 100 events this season, EMF has lots of great music in store and most of it is extremely family-friendly.

You’ll want to save the date for Peter and the Wolf, a collaboration between EMF and the Greensboro Ballet, coming Saturday, July 24 at 11 am at the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.

EMF also has two pre-professional orchestras, known as the Young Artists Orchestras, that perform Thursday and Friday evenings in July. They offer a special Family Night package that lets adults bring children aged 12 and under for just $5 per adult and $1 per child (limit two children per adult). This is a great value for a great evening of music!

And, of course, there are plenty of events for date nights, too! Saturday night orchestral concerts with world-famous guest artists, chamber music during the week, and EMFfringe interspersed throughout the festival. The popular EMFfringe series features alternative music featuring everything from Americana to alt country, blues, rock, jazz and gospel.

Events take place every night during the season and at various locations all over the Triad, predominantly on the campus of Guilford College and in downtown Greensboro, and at other Greensboro, Elon, High Point, Winston-Salem, and Boone locations.

Please visit to learn more about EMF’s 49th season and EMFkids events. Season tickets are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale beginning June 1st.

To register to win one camper slot at EMFexplorers camp, click here. You must be a Triad Smarty Pants newsletter subscriber to win. Good luck, Smarties, and happy camping!


Andrea said...

OH my goodness, my husband is a HUGE music man. He will be sooo happy to hear about this camp!


Anonymous said...

What an awesome set of programs! I did not know about this before. Thanks for featuring, and I will definitely look into their camp options this year!

Victoria said...

FABULOUS give-away! I am excited about this!

Brianna said...

This is a fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

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