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Moravian College Summer Youth Jazz Camp set to Swing

Lehigh Valley Open Jam – July 15; Ensemble Concert - July 17

Bethlehem, Pa., July 2, 2009—Moravian College will hold a Summer Youth Jazz Camp from July 13 to17 on its Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem. There will be two special free performances as part of the camp that are open to the public. All area jazz players are invited to bring their instruments and  participate in the annual Lehigh Valley Open Jam on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. The campers will show off their stuff during the Jazz Ensembles Concerts on Friday, July 17, in Foy Concert Hall.

The Moravian College Music Institute Summer Youth Jazz Camp is open to interested students (grades 8 to 12) of all levels, in instruments and voice. Students with little or no experience will find challenging and rewarding opportunities for musical growth. At the camp, students are instructed in the performance practices of the art form, Jazz. They are taught  music theory and historical elements relevant to jazz performance. The camp offers the opportunity for students to enhance their performance capabilities.

Neil Wetzel, director of jazz studies and assistant professor of music at Moravian, where he teaches saxophone, is the camp director. The camp faculty is a group of talent jazz musicians and teachers. It includes Tony Gairo, saxophone; Alan Gaumer, trumpet; Lou Lanza, jazz vocalist; Gary Rissmiller, drum set, Paul Rostock, double bass; Dave Roth, piano; and Neil Wetzel, saxophone.

Following the tradition of over 250 years of music in Bethlehem, the Moravian College Music Institute encourages the art of music through study and performance at all levels for any student or member of the community. Offerings include private lessons, master classes, group ensembles and Suzuki education. For more information on classes call 610 861.1650 or email: music@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.