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Canton Symphony Orchestra sets dates for Summer Youth String Camp

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Good musicians get that way by a combination of hard work and proper instruction. If there is a budding young musician in your household, here is your chance to help them excel even more in their craft. The Canton Symphony Orchestra has announced its summer music camp session dates for violin, viola, cello and string bass musicians in grades 5-12.

Along with the sectional coaching that is conducted by professional musicians from the Canton Symphony Orchestra, there will be large ensemble work headed by Rachel Waddell (Assistant Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra).

The Intermediate/Advanced sessions will be held at the Fieldcrest Estate that is located at1346 Easthill Street SE in North Canton. It will be conducted on June 9 through June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Advanced session is recommended for students entering grades 6-12 who have at least two years of experience playing their instruments. The cost is $275, with a $25 discount if the student is registered by April 30, 2014 early-bird deadline.

The Beginning Students session is recommended for music students with less than two years experience (typically grades 5-6). The Beginning session is at the Fieldcrest Estate June 16 through 20 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $150 for the string camp with a $25 discount if the student is registered by the April 30, 2014 early bird deadline.

“The sectional coachings set our camp apart,” stated Lisa Boyer, CSO Director of Education and Community Advancement. “Working with the CSO professional musicians who specialize on these instruments helps students fine-tune their technique and musicianship in many ways. In addition, time is allotted so students understand the large ensemble dynamic. This is where Ms. Waddell shines,” Boyer concluded.

Included in the studies will be work on improving intonation, technique, reading comprehension and individual practice habits. Over the course of the day, time will be set apart for individual instruction, sectional instruction and large group rehearsals.

On the final day of each session, a short concert will be held for parents and family of the students. Drinks and snacks are provided for each session. Students in the Intermediate/Advanced program will need to bring a bag lunch each day.

For more information and to register, visit, or call (330) 452-3434 to speak with a CSO representative. Remember to register before April 30 to receive a $25 discount. There are also sibling discounts available upon inquiry.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs.