Updated: Jun 29
Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp returned to Heights High School for a wonderful week of music learning and fun. Sixty-five middle school instrumental musicians guided by 19 professional music educators and 17 high school musicians/counselors prepared for five days to perform a Chamber Group Recital and an amazing Finale Concert for the community.
Camp days were filled with music theory, master class, sectional and full orchestra rehearsals. Each day also included a fun theme like crazy hats, favorite stuffed animals, throw back Thursday, and dress like your section. Rec time, lunch, daily camp newsletters, and popsicles completed each day!
It is challenging to learn new music, meet new people, and spend the week in a new building but campers had a good week together. When asked what they liked about camp they said: "I loved making music!", "I liked learning new music and getting to be a better player", "my favorite part of camp was working with my chamber group", "jamming in the band room during rec time", "String Jazz and musicianship", "I liked how everyone is so nice here and jokes a lot", "ukulele was fun", and several said "rec time and popsicles!"
The camp staff expressed gratitude to everyone who worked hard to keep themselves and others healthy by using sanitizer, keeping a safe distance, and wearing masks as much as possible. They also thanked the school district for its partnership in offering the spaces at Heights High, daily breakfast and lunch, and security and custodial staff assistance. And finally, they shared appreciation for the parents and donors, including Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, who invested their time and money to make the sixteenth Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp possible.