Summer music, theater camps open to students | Education

Not one, not two, but three brand new camps are coming to Parkland this summer.

Trumpets, trombones, saxophones and more.

The four-day event takes place July 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

A performance concludes the week-long event on July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Mineral Area College Fine Arts Theater. The college Kicks Band will also perform that night. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is made possible through a partnership with MAC, Mineral Area Kicks Band and Dr. Kevin White, Director of MAC’s Music Department.

Big Band Camp is open to students in grades 7 through undergraduates. Students must have at least one year of teaching or be proficient on their study instrument which may include trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone, and drums.

Students will gain educational experience in the areas of big band rehearsal and performance, as well as learn about jazz history, improvisation, various styles, and more.

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Big Band Camp instruction will be provided by professional Parkland musicians.

The cost of the camp is $80 and is due upon registration. This includes a special camp t-shirt.

Registration must be completed online at Once students have registered, they should scroll down the page to find information regarding audition placement instructions. This will help place students into one of three small group groups based on their ability.

Anyone with questions regarding Big Band Camp should call 573-518-2265 or email

Summer theater camp is a long-standing tradition at the MAC, and it’s something the academy has deemed important to continue. But this year’s camp will be completely different from previous years as participants will create a show completely from scratch.

The diverse talents of the contestants will be used to create a fun variety show. Students will collaborate, from singing and dancing to writing and teaching.

The theater camp takes place July 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A camp show is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Students aged 7 to 18 are eligible to participate. No prior theater experience is required to attend this camp.

Academy Theater Director Jason Carr will be assisted by Kala Loughary, an experienced performer who has appeared in several MAC productions.

Tuition is $80 for the week and includes a free camp t-shirt. Students can register at

The Mineral Fine Arts Academy partners with Mineral Area College to bring Show Choir Camp to area students August 2-6 with rehearsals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A special performance will take place on July 6 at 7 p.m. at the MAC theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

Those in eighth grade through college are encouraged to attend this fun and upbeat camp featuring music from the 2016 hit movie “Sing.”

Show Choir Camp will be filled with energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, solo opportunities and fun costumes. Singers will enjoy singing many songs including “I’m Still Standing”, “Hallelujah”, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” and more.

Cost is $80 and is due upon online registration at Participants will receive a camp t-shirt.

For more information, contact MAC Voice Director Sherry Francis at or call Amanda Dement at 573-518-2265 or email

Pam Clifton is an editor for the Daily Journal

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