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Registration open for 35th year of Summer Music School

Photo provided to the Times Observer Warren County Summer Music School includes more than just music with courses in the visual arts including drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber arts, handcrafted instruments, photography, and stop motion animation as well as theater, yoga, and several styles of dance.

The Warren County Summer Music School is gearing up for its 35th year.

The three-week summer program offers a wide array of music and art classes that are open to students entering fifth grade and up, adults included.

“The wide range of classes enables beginners as well as advanced musicians and artists to develop and hone their skills in a nurturing and collaborative environment, taught by a faculty of 20,” Director Deniser Pearson said.

This year’s version will be held from June 10 to June 28, weekday mornings at Beaty-Warren Middle School.

Classes include multiple levels of lessons for all band and orchestral instruments – woodwind, brass, strings and percussion – as well as guitar, bass, ukulele, Celtic harp, recorder, piano and pipe organ.

Photo provided to the Times Observer Registration is open for the 35th year of the Warren County Summer Music School. The three-week summer program offers a wide array of music and art classes that are open to students entering fifth grade and up, adults included.

Several singing classes are offered as well as visual arts including drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber arts, handcrafted instruments, photography, and stop motion animation as well as theater, yoga, and several styles of dance.

Classes are also available in music theory, songwriting, GarageBand, drum circle, instrument repair, making a music video, mallet madness, and humor and music.

“Music performance opportunities include orchestra, jazz band, show choir, handbells, a cappella choir, wind ensemble, and ‘strings, rock & rosin,'” Pearson said.

Those in the orchestra will have the opportunity to perform with the Warren Philharmonic at the annual Pops at the Fountain on June 27.

“Through the generous support of The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Community Foundation of Warren County, the Kay Hardesty Logan Foundation and private gifts, the school is able to offer these three weeks of hands-on instruction for the discounted tuition of $150 total for three weeks of five daily classes,” Pearsons aid.

She added that tuition assistance is available for those that need it.

Course descriptions and registration is available at wcsms.org.

“Class size is limited, therefore students are scheduled on a first come, first served basis,” Pearson said. “Bus stops are provided throughout the county.”

Anyone with questions is asked to email warrencountysummermusicschool@gmail.com or call Pearson at (814) 757-9451.

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