The Colgate Scene
September 2004

Perfect harmony
Young musicians converge at Colgate

Sean Lowery, of Scotia, N.Y., employs an alternative use for his drumsticks during choir practice.
"It's been quite an experience so far," says teenaged saxophonist Zac Szoke of Millburn, N.J., after finishing a sax ensemble session in Little Hall during the Eastern U.S. Music Camp. "This is what I've been looking for . . . a good, effective way to expand my playing."

Camp director Thomas A. Brown has been running the summer program for 29 years, including the past 21 years at Colgate. The camp offers young people between the ages of 10 and 19 the opportunity to pursue musical studies through individual, class, and group instruction. Designed to be a complementary part of the growth and development of its participants, the music camp is guided by the philosophy that musical training builds confidence, teaches concentration, offers social opportunities, and helps develop sensitivity to, and pride in, the beautiful things in life. The music camp attracts young musicians from several states and countries such as France, Spain, Greece, Paraguay, and Japan.

"My piano teacher recommended it to me, said it was the best on the East Coast," said pianist John Frederick of North Plainfield, N.J. "I made a lot of very interesting new friends and some day I expect to be buying their CDs."

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