Photography by Martin W. Kane
Student musicians rehearse at UNCG Summer Music Camp


By Alyssa Bedrosian

It was a record year for UNCG’s thirty-fifth annual Summer Music Camp.
More than 2,000 student musicians from twenty-one states and Bermuda attended the two sessions, making this year’s music camp the largest in UNCG history.
During the weeklong sessions in July, campers received individual and group instruction from top musicians, including many UNCG students and alumni. Each week culminated with camper performances at venues across campus – an opportunity for students to show off what they’ve learned to their families and the general public.
Since the camp’s founding in 1983, more than 60,000 musicians have attended UNCG Summer Music Camp, widely known as the largest university summer music camp in the nation. This year’s camp featured fifteen concert bands, five orchestras, four choirs and 160 pianists. According to Camp Director Dr. John Locke, a professor of music in UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the demand this year was even greater than in previous years. On the first day of registration on February 1 approximately 1,400 campers applied.
What’s the secret to the camp’s success? A combination of quality and affordability, Locke said.
“We offer a really outstanding experience at a very reasonable price,” Locke said. “We have tremendous word-of-mouth reputation and a loyal following.”
For Locke, the ultimate goal is to “light a spark” in these young musicians.
“When they return home, we want them to be fired up about practicing their instrument,” he said. “I hope we can provide instruction that they’ve never had before – we want to open their eyes to new techniques.”
Performances were held July 14 and July 21 at various campus venues including the Elliott University Center (Cone Ballroom and Auditorium), Taylor Theatre, UNCG Auditorium and the Recital Hall in the Music Building. All performances were free and open to the public.
To learn more about the UNCG Summer Music Camp, visit