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Musical Expressions Summer Camp

Musical Expressions Summer Camp 2016 will take place July 11th-15th at the North Bethesda United Methodist Church. Each day will feature a morning session (from 9:30-12:30) and an afternon session (from 1:30-3:30). Students will choose form a variety of subjects for these classes, from composition to vocal and string workshops to physical art. Class descriptions and teacher profiles are below.

Deadline for aplications is May 31st, and applications submitted before March 15th will receive an early bird discounted fee of $350 ($375 after March 15th). Registration form and brochure are available at left and below.

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Class Descriptions

Vocal Performance Workshop

This course is for students of all ages and experience levels with a passion for singing. Students will work on all aspects of vocal performance, including healthy vocal technique, song interpretation, acting and artistic performance. Through solo and group interaction, this course will provide coaching and feedback to build confidence, develop each student’s vocal approach and broaden their versatility in vocal performance and stage movement. 

Requirements: None

String Orchestra

It's fun to play an instrument, but it's even more fun to play in a group! Players will be grouped through a combination of age, skill and experience.  The focus of this class is to work rigorously throughout the week to learn new pieces that will be performed on the final day of camp.  Musicians will further develop ensemble playing skills, improve their music reading skills, and build better string technique through rehearsal and performance. Due to camp length, the classes must be supported by daily individual practice at home. 

To ensure the best possible experience, Ms. Veshi may contact you through email to discuss your student's playing abilities.

Requirements: Basic ability to read and play notes on all strings

Music Notation and Composition
This class is about exploring traditional and non-traditional methods of music notation and sound creation.  We will learn about the history of modern notation and discover original ways to express sound on paper. We also will learn about the connection between language and rhythm by studying Medieval Chant and other styles of vocal compositions. The class will also include listening to music and performing some of the class compositions.  By the end of the week, each student will go home with at least three notated, original compositions.  Students will be encouraged to participate in the performance on the final day of camp.
Requirements: Basic understanding of music and note reading is helpful but not required for this class.
Painting with Music
This class will explore the relationship between music and the visual arts, through investigating major works of art and music from the 20th century.  The morning and afternoon classes will be grouped loosely by age, and will dictate what projects they do.  But whether it is being inspired by Matisse's Jazz Cut-outs, Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, or Wassily Kandinsky's paintings, each student will learn to express themselves through color, line and imagery.  The final day of camp, the students will exhibit and take home their original art.
Requirements: none



Sara Cronan (Camp Director) is a diverse musician who has taught piano, voice and guitar for 16 years with Musical Expressions.  She attended Bennington College in Vermont and received a BA with a double major in Voice and Viola. She is also a songwriter and studied composition at Bennington, as well as in the DC area. The Levine School commissioned Ms. Cronan to write a children's musical in 2006.  Her diversity of musical study informs her teaching, allowing her to approach students from multiple points of view, ensuring they fully understand what she is communicating.
Ashlyn Mazone (Soprano) holds both BM and MM degrees in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America, She has performed in numerous venues from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to European stages in Prague and Budapest. Ashlyn has also had extensive training in vocal pedagogy and physiology. Her studies have spanned classical to pop, allowing her teaching  to focus on the individualized training of healthy vocal technique to help mold each singers true voice.

Kela Veshi recieved her BA degree from the Fine Arts Institute in Tirana, Albania, majoring in Viola.  She performs regularly in the DC Metro area and beyond, including performances with the National Conservatory Orchestra of Washington DC, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra of Wisconsin, Evanston Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Symphony Orchestra of Illinois.  Kela has also performed in Austria, Italy and Greece.  She has been teaching strings with Musical Expressions for 14 Years, as well as running a private studio.

Miriam Rust has taught art in the Washington DC Metro area for 15 years. She holds her MA in Art Education from the Corcoran College of Art.  She not only has experience working with children of diverse ages, from 3-17, she also has taught in diverse settings, including weekend and summer camp courses for Corcoran College and Country Day School in McLean, VA.  Miriam is well versed in many media, having taught classes on painting, hand building, decoupage, perspective drawing and jewelry making.  She has exhibited in group shows throughout the area, most recently at the Pyramid Atlantic Gallery in Silver Spring. She is currently teaching Elementary Art at Bladensburg Elementary in Prince Georges County, Maryland. 




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