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Andrew Waite teams up with SoPA to present Rock Camps

May 31, 2017

Island Rock CampCharlottetown, PE – Young musicians looking for a unique summer camp experience are in luck. Holland College School of Performing Arts (SoPA) is partnering with Andrew Waite to present three one-week Island Rock Camps on the college’s Prince of Wales Campus this summer.

The day camps give participants the opportunity to perform with others, explained Waite.

“One of the things that can be missing in formal music education is the social aspect that comes from playing music with others. Arranging, jamming, learning by ear, writing and creating are all aspects of music that sometimes slip away in the current public system,” he said.

Island Rock Camps are taught by Waite and fellow Andrew Waite and the Firm band members, his wife Nikki, George Maros, Evan McCosham, and Bruce Rooney.  McCosham and Rooney are both graduates of SoPA’s Music Performance program.

The camps place students in small ensembles, where they work with a leader musician, choose and arrange material together and present their work at the end of the week in a concert. All three of the Charlottetown Island Rock Camps will take place in SoPA’s Music Performance Buildings on the Prince of Wales Campus.

Gaylene Carragher, SoPA’s director, said the camps provide music students ages 9 to 18 with an extraordinary experience.

“We are delighted to host the Island Rock Camps,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for students not only to see our facilities, but to experience first-hand what being in music school is like. The grand finale of each camp is a show performed by the students in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, which will be a real treat for them.”

Waite agreed.

“The Florence Simmons Performance Hall is one of my favourite island venues to play,” he said.

Andrew Waite and The Firm recently toured Island schools from as part of the P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival’s educational outreach program, and had the opportunity to talk to many students about the upcoming camps.

In addition to the camps running in Charlottetown, there will be camps in Summerside and Montague, and a Perth-Andover Camp in New Brunswick in partnership with Larlee Creek Hullabaloo Festival.

For more information about the camps, to register online, or to download a registration form, visit islandrockcamps.com. The cost of the camps is $300 per week.

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