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York Symphony Orchestra Summer Song-Writing Camp

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Aug 7, 2012 8:55 PM

The York Symphony Orchestra held its 12th annual Summer Music Camp, “My Opus Magnum” at Logos Academy in York. Budding composers from grades 3 through 12 spent a week learning the steps of creating a song, preparing it on music manuscript, and presenting it to family and classmates.

Dr. Robert Hart Baker, conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra served as the main instructor with a team of other teachers involved as well. The summer program emphasizes a hands-on creative approach with group instruction on individual keyboards and computer software as well as personalized coaching.

After reviewing basic elements of song-writing and music theory, the students use a combination of keyboards, computer software and the student’s own orchestral instrument or voice to create their individual songs.  At the end of the week-long camp, parents and family are invited to a recital of the student songs.

Below you can hear our feature on the camp with comments by Dr. Baker and by several of the students involved. We also have posted some of the students’ songs, as played through a synthesizer by a computer software program.

Hear the interview feature:


Alexander Emenheiser, age 15: Marauders Of The Sea (for solo keyboard)


Carlos John-Davila: Prelude No.1 (for solo piano)


Cole VanHoy, age 8: The Piece of Peace (for unaccompanied cello)


Cynthia Zander, age 11: A Waltz For Roy And Dale (for solo piano)


Johann Stone, age 8: Fun Music In The Army (for trumpet and piano)


Sarah Stager, age 12: The Rain's Lullaby (for flute, cello and piano)








Published in Center Stage

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