Friday, July 11, 2014

[004] Girls to rock MTSU at 12th annual Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp

MURFREESBORO — The summer fun is only beginning for girls who know how to rock and roll.

It’s not too late for girls ages 10-17 to register for the 12th annual Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, which is slated for July 21-26 on the MTSU campus.

Most of the day camp’s activities will take place in the Wright Music Building on campus with musical performances inside Wright’s Hinton Hall. Registration/check-in is at 8:30 a.m. each day, followed by assembly at 9 a.m. Campers are to be picked up by 5:30 p.m. each day.

To find parking and buildings on campus, attendees can use the printable map at

“Basically, the mission of the camp to get diverse groups of girls to work together, value collaboration over competition, create media that represent them, to learn how to play an instrument and then use that knowledge to write a song to express themselves along with other girls their own age,” said Sarah Bandy, administrative director of the camp’s parent organization, Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities.

Full and partial scholarships are available to help cover the fee of $310, which includes instruments and supplies. For more information, to register or to apply for scholarships, go to

You can watch a video from the 2013 camp at

At this summer’s camp, participants can receive instruction from experienced musicians in vocals, beginning and advanced guitar, keyboards, electronic music, bass and beginning and advanced drums.

In addition, workshops on recording, screen printing, photography, image and identity, and music herstory are available. Campers who attend this year’s recording workshop will learn how to build contact microphones and use them to turn everyday objects into instruments.

Featured artists for the camp’s daily noon concerts and question-and-answer sessions in Hinton Hall will be Hear, Hear on Monday, The Graces on Tuesday, Pretty Little Demons on Wednesday, Idle Bloom on Thursday and Jasmin Kaset on Friday.

All of these midday performances are also open to the public. A $5 donation is requested.

The campers will have an opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to the test when they perform in groups at the showcase concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Central Magnet School, located at 701 E. Main St. in Murfreesboro.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10-17 and free for children under 10 years of age.

Prizes to be raffled off to audience members at the showcase are donated by Goodbuy Girls, Loveless Café, the Chattanooga Zoo, the Chattanooga Lookouts, Disneyworld, Demos’ Restaurant, Five Senses, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and Mayday Brewery.

Sponsors of the 2014 Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp include the Tennessee Arts Commission, Gruhn Guitars, Concert Musical Supply, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Guitar Center, Fender Music Foundation, Mayday Brewery, Infinity Cat Recordings and MTSU.

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