Westerhoff-RFA Music Camp
Mon – Fri, August 8-12, 9 AM – 3 PM.
Lakeside Theater and other Rangeley locations
Make great music and great friends at the Westerhoff-RFA Music Camp this summer!
This week-long camp offers campers the chance to learn from music teachers who have a proven ability to work with youth. Activities alternate between individual instruction, practice, and performance to group lessons, music-making and fun musicianship classes. Campers learn to play music with others, write music and advance their individual skills. Each day will include group singing and a noontime outdoor recreational period. On Friday, campers will showcase all that they have learned in a performance for family and friends.
Instruments: All instruments and voice
Prerequisite/eligibility: 6 months experience playing an instrument or studying voice, or singing in a group setting (chorus or choir); students with no previous musical experience are also encouraged to apply and will be considered for participation on an individual basis.
Camp Size: A maximum of 20 students working both individually and in small and large groups.
Location: RFA Lakeside Theater and other downtown locations in Rangeley, Maine.
Dates, Time: August 8-12, 9 AM – 3 PM. Before and after hours available for additional fee.
Instructors: David Iskowitz of Westerhoff School of Music, Timothy Macek of Howard University, Erin Smith: Music Instructor at RLRS, Emily Drexler: East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and Mike Blythe, guitarist. (Bios below)
Tuition: $150 for the week (financial aid available); ($50 nonrefundable deposit required upon registration)
Application: Final deadline: May 20, but we recommend early registration to ensure placement.
Click here to register: Music Camp Brochure
Click here for Tuition Assistance Form
The Westerhoff/RFA Music Camp is presented by the Westerhoff School of Music and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. It is supported by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The RFA receives other support from the Davis Family Foundation, the Skowhegan Savings Bank and the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust.
David Iskowitz, pianist, is Music Director of the Westerhoff School of Music & Art. He is also an adjunct faculty member and staff accompanist at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Mr. Iskowitz performs often in the New York metropolitan area, both as soloist and chamber musician. He plays regularly in faculty concerts at Drew University and at the Westerhoff School, and frequently appears in local concert series, often in collaboration with instrumentalists and singers. He has performed with the Brunswick Symphony Orchestra and at Merkin Hall in New York City. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Timothy Macek is conductor of the Howard University Symphony Orchestra and instructor of violin and viola. A native of the Washington, DC area, Mr. Macek studied violin with Renato Bonacini, Elisabeth Adkins, Charles Treger and Donald Portnoy and conducting with Vytautas Marijosius and Stephen Heyde. As a former member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and current member of the Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera, Mr. Macek has participated in over 2,000 performances of symphonic, opera, ballet and musical show literature, under such conductors as Heinz Fricke, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin and Mstislav Rostropovich. Mr. Macek was formerly Assistant Orchestra Conductor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is a frequent performer of chamber music in the DC area.
Emily Drexler With her unique blend of passion, determination, and enthusiastic delight, Emily Drexler picked up a violin at age four and began the first chapter of a story she would write for the rest of her life. Her dedication and skill, shaped by gifted teachers, soon led to numerous invitations to tour extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, playing both solos and with youth orchestras. Currently, Emily is a member of the prestigious East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra and, additionally, is in high demand to play for special community events including an annual Handel’s Messiah concert. Emily’s playing seems effortless and immersed in the joy of the music only because she continually invests focused diligence and disciplined practice to build a foundation for excellence. Most dear to her heart is all things chamber music. Recently, Emily was asked to organize a chamber ensemble to play with the Honors Choir Festival Workshop, and she hosts a weekly sight-reading group. Enthusiastic to inspire the next generation of musicians, Emily has completed Suzuki teacher training through Book 3, and now teaches students from her home studio. In addition, she served as a junior staff member for At First Sight, a sight-reading and chamber music workshop for kids.
Erin Smith earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. This fall, she will begin her 16th year at the best job in the world, as the K-12 Music Teacher, Choral Director and Drama Director at her alma mater, Rangeley Lakes Regional School. She has performed in, choreographed and directed numerous RFA productions. Erin also enjoys singing in the a cappella group, The PEPS, being an alto in the Community Chorus, and spending time with her 2 boys, Evan and Parker.
Michael Blythe has studied, created, and performed for most of his life. His focus is percussion and guitar. He has taught music at the Rangeley Lakes Regional School as well as students of all ages. Music is his life and he wants to inspire others through music.