Mon – Fri, August 5-9, 2019, 9 AM – 3 PM.
RFA Lakeside Theater and other downtown locations
Make great music and great friends at the 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.
NEW THIS YEAR: Robert Ludwig, organist, will be leading groups through the assembling of the KIB: “Kotzsch-in-a-box” – a mini-pipe-organ based on the Kotzschmar Organ located in Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME.
Ludwig worked with Brooke Hubner, Executive Director of Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO), to get the KIB for RFA Music Camp. Through a generous donation from Richard and Elisabeth Rowlands and the Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, FOKO was able to commission the building of this organ.
The organ comes in 133 pieces, and when assembled, it is a two-octave, two-rank mechanical-action pipe organ with bellows that are easy to “pump” using your two hands.
Kotzsch-in-a-box will be assembled and explored by all students at camp, and will be available to play and will be presented at the Finale Performance on Friday at 1 PM.
Instruments: All instruments and voice
Prerequisite/eligibility: Choose your instrument: Organ, piano, voice, guitar, Bass, drums, flute, saxophone (ask about other instruments); 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 6-10, 2018, 9 AM – 3 PM. Before and after hours available for additional fee.
Instructors: Erin Smith: Music Instructor at RLRS, Mike Blythe: Guitarist, and Robert Ludwig, Piano and Organ. (Bios coming soon)
Tuition: $200. for the week (financial aid available); $50 nonrefundable deposit required upon registration.
Application: Final deadline: July 20, 2019, but we recommend early registration to ensure placement.
Click here for Music Camp Brochure 2019
Click here for Video Instructions
Click here for Tuition Assistance Form
Instructor Bios: (more coming soon)
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.
Having a Master’s Degree in Music from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, during Robert’s life-long career in music he has served as Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s in Bangor; as Artistic Director of the internationally traveled Bangor Area Children’s Choir; as Director of Vocal Music and Music Theory at Garden City HS, NY; as Organist and Master of Choirs at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, NY; as Professor of Church Music at George Mercer School of Theology and as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, KY. He has studied privately in Haarlem, the Netherlands and Vienna, Austria.
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater
The Sandy River Ramblers have been playing Bluegrass-flavored acoustic music in Maine since 1983. Their special niche is playing original songs about Maine, mostly written by bandleader and Guitarist Stan Keach, a nationally-known Bluegrass songwriter whose songs (not the ones about Maine) have been recorded by some of the biggest bands in Bluegrass. Keach won the prestigious Maine Songwriters Association Song of the Year award in 2017.
Banjo player Bud Godsoe is, along with Keach, a founding member of the Ramblers. After learning to play the Banjo while working on the Alaska Pipeline, Godsoe has gone on to become one of Maine’s top Banjoists. Mandolinist Dan Simons is also a top-flight instrumentalist. Dan, the younger brother of TV and film star Tim Simons, is a woodsman, outdoorsman and homesteader, living in Vienna. Besides Keach, Godsoe, and Simons, all of whom are more than competent harmony and lead singers, the Ramblers are blessed with two extraordinary female vocalists — Upright Bassist Julie Davenport (a forester and small farmer by trade), and 17-year-old vocal prodigy Dana Reynolds.
The Ramblers are joined in their biggest shows by fiddler Finn Woodruff, whose impressive skills belie his young age (20).
Besides their numerous songs about Maine topics, the Ramblers are a versatile band who play songs from many genres including Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Folk; and Gospel. Their act always includes quite a few comedy songs, including “Boots From L. L. Bean”; and “Slow Down (You’ll Hit a Moose)”. Their 3-and-4-part vocal harmonies are among the best you’ll hear. The Ramblers 2012 CD, “Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine,” has been called “a gift to Mainers” by Bangor Daily News writer George Smith.
Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for Youth (18 and under). Tickets are available in advance HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door.