At the Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp, June 15-20, 2015, 87 CH-UH young-musician-campers, professional staff, and 21 Heights High School musician-counselors filled Monticello Middle School for a week of making music.
For the first time this year’s camp featured instructors who have previously participated as campers. Diana Drushel and Caitlin McGaugh, studied music in college. Today Drushel plays and teaches clarinet, while McGaugh plays and teaches French Horn.
Reaching Heights sponsors the camp and unites a diverse musical team, with Heights High Orchestra Director Daniel Heim as conductor and music director. District music teachers Tamar Gray, Betsy Neylon and Bob Adamson are part of the leadership team. The rest of the professional staff are musical alumni of the Heights schools program and local music professionals including Cleveland Orchestra member Richard Waugh.
Every day at camp, students join two full orchestra and sectional rehearsals, master classes, music theory classes, chamber groups, and daily mini recitals. Each camper elects to explore other musical options including jazz, guitar, African drumming, and vocal. Afternoons include a bit of relaxation---outdoor time, lunch, and arts and crafts.
At the finale concert on June 20th, parents and the public marveled at what had been accomplished in one week of intensive music study and fun. All students were part of the camp orchestra; the summer music camp chorus performed; and each student performed in a chamber music ensemble. The concert program announced awards for leadership, risk taking, most improved orchestral section, beginning theory, advanced theory, best attitude and tireless worker---and many more.
Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp helps our young musicians stay engaged in music through their middle school years, into high school and, we hope, beyond. Students learn that when they work hard for a common goal, they can feel great pride in their achievement.
Donations from individuals to Reaching Heights make it possible to offer scholarship assistance so that any motivated young musician who lives in the school district can participate. Reaching Heights also assists young musicians by supporting private music lessons through the Patti-Jackson Music Scholarship program. To inquire about support for lessons or to donate to camp scholarships or the Patti-Jackson Scholarships, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-932-5110.