That electrifying sound emanating soon from the MTSU campus will be the sound of young girls finding their voices.
The 13th annual Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, slated for July 27 through Aug. 1, will give nearly 50 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 a chance to express themselves through music and show an audience what they’ve learned.
MTSU alumna Kelley Anderson, a co-founder of Those Darlins and a professional musician and audio engineer, created the day camp in 2003 to give young women an empowering, positive place for self-expression through music.
“We’ve got a lot of campers that are coming back this year as volunteers,” said Sarah Bandy, administrative director of the camp’s parent nonprofit organization, Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities.
Campers will check in at 8:30 a.m. each morning Monday through Friday, followed by assembly at 9 a.m. They are to be picked up by 5:30 p.m.
To find parking and buildings on campus, attendees can use the printable map at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.
Activities, most of which will take place in the Wright Music Building, include instruction from experienced musicians in beginning and advanced guitar, beginning and advanced drums, vocals, electronic music and bass.
The camp will culminate in a showcase concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Hinton Hall in the Wright Music Building. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 18 and over and $5 for ages 10 through 17; children under 10 will be admitted at no charge.
You can watch a video from the 2014 showcase below.
Members of the audience can win guitars, massages, gift certificates, a scholarship to next year’s camp and other prizes in a raffle on the day of the showcase.
Workshops in recording, screen printing, photography, image and identity and music “herstory” will be provided. There also will be daily lunchtime performances from local acts such as Wildfront, Sallow, Becky Buller and many more.
Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a program of Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, or YEAH!, a Murfreesboro-based nonprofit organization. For more information, contact YEAH! at 615-849-8140 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SGRRC Facebook page.
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