McHENRY — This summer time marks the fifth yr of the Mountain Maryland Music Institute at Garrett Faculty.
For the primary time, college students are invited to attend at no cost because of the Group Belief Basis.
“I’m so thrilled to have the ability to supply music camps to native college students once more, particularly since lacking final summer time because of the pandemic,” mentioned Director Sean Beachy. “It is usually great to have the chance to ask college students to attend free of charge, one thing we have now applied this yr due to the generosity of the Group Belief Basis.”
The inspiration was began in 2006, and it encompasses Garrett, Allegany and Mineral counties.
“We set up endowments (everlasting funds) by way of native philanthropy to do neighborhood good endlessly,” Director Leah Shaffer mentioned.
At present, the inspiration manages $9 million in belongings and has granted out over $5.5 million. Within the final decade, the Group Belief Basis has granted greater than $2.4 million to Garrett County.
Beachy, who’s an area composer and musician, started creating a summer time camp enrichment program in 2012. It was designed to supply skilled music instruction in Garrett County.
After establishing a relationship with Garrett Faculty as an teacher of piano and composition by way of the Division of Persevering with Schooling and subsequently turning into an adjunct teacher of music inside the tutorial division, Beachy mentioned he believed the faculty could be a really perfect location for such a program.
In 2015, underneath the auspices of the Middle for Journey and Experiential Studying, the faculty provided a one-week summer time program in instrumental music.
Though there have been a variety of college students, this system in the end was postponed, partially because of the monetary want of native college students.
In 2016, this system was rebranded because the Mountain Maryland Music Institute and provided as a multi-week summer time enrichment program.
“Though the camp grew to become barely extra inexpensive, many native college students had problem in offering the mandatory funds to attend,” Beachy mentioned. “With the beneficiant assist from the Group Belief Basis, a number of scholarships had been supplied for each native and regional college students.”
He famous that this system had profitable camps in 2018 and 2019, together with including strings and piano elements. In 2020, this system was canceled because of the pandemic.
This yr’s camp begins on July 12 with three completely different choices: instrumental for ages 13-17, elementary choral for ages 9-12 and piano for ages 9-17.
Beachy defined that the instrumental camp focuses on live performance band devices, together with however not restricted to flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and percussion.
The week concludes on Friday, July 16, with a live performance within the school auditorium highlighting the work that was carried out all through the week for every element.
“The first function of the MMMI is to supply extra assist and alternatives for native public music education schemes, in addition to homeschool networks in and round Garrett County,” Beachy mentioned. “The MMMI has a wonderful employees of extremely certified, native instructors who stay in Garrett and Allegeny County.”
Moreover serving because the director, Beachy additionally teaches music principle. Others on employees embrace Elizabeth Etnoyer, piano teacher; Brian Plitnik, brass teacher; Alyssa Schwartz, woodwind teacher; and Debi Beachy, choral director. The instructors present each group and individualized instruction all through every week.