College hosts annual orchestra camp

From the The Brunswick News

The College of Coastal Georgia is alive with the sound of music this week.

Young musicians have descended upon the campus for the annual Golden Isles Youth Orchestra camp to hone their skills. The group of talented artists, formerly known as the Coastal Youth Symphony, gathers at the college each summer.

This year two different camps are taking place at the same time. One is made up of the students who are already a part of the youth orchestra, and the other is the Symphonettes, the beginning group hoping to make it there.

As camp kicked off Monday, the 30 Symphonettes got their first taste of private lessons and personal performances from professional musicians - 13 in all. Every day this week, the group will hear a piece played by a professional musician to show the young players how far they could go some day, says JoAnn Davis, a youth orchestra board member.

"Each practice will begin with at least one professional musician playing a short selection for them since many of our youngest musicians haven't had the opportunity to attend a real concert," she said.

During Monday's performance, the professionals not only performed but responded to the students' questions.

It's a learning opportunity for the Symphonettes led by Brunswick High graduate Thomas Trinh, who began his musical career with the former youth symphony.

Davis says Kathleen Turner, the ViFluentes Children's Choir director, also returned to the camp this week to teach music theory.

Those already in the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra will spend hours throughout the week practicing and honing their talent. Many will even stay on campus in the college dorms.

"This is our first summer under our new music director and conductor Jorge Pena, and he has planned some interesting new things," Davis said. "We also have nine college interns majoring in music from the Southeast area working with us, in addition to the 13 professional musicians."

The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra will host a free public performance, "An Evening at Music Camp," at 7 p.m. Thursday in the college's conference center.

The Symphonettes will get a chance to test their skills alongside the youth orchestra members on Friday during a special family and friends performance. The Symphonettes will perform by themselves and will be joined for one selection by the youth orchestra.

Release Date: 7/15/2014
Source: The Brunswick News

Photo by Sarah Lundgren, The Brunswick News