Dear Summer Music Camp Families,
During most “normal” years, the UNCG Summer Music Camp would have been operating at a steady clip for months now. Our office would be busy processing thousands of applications, hiring staff, preparing music, gathering equipment, and filling each and every available slot with bright, talented young musicians. It goes without saying that this past year has been anything but normal. We all continue to struggle and navigate our way through this pandemic.
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that the UNCG Summer Music Camp will not be hosting residential programs on campus for Summer 2021. After much consultation with university administration, it has been determined that the traditional overnight camp experience is not in the best interest of all parties. Anyone who has ever attended or worked at Summer Music Camp knows that one of our primary goals every year is “Be Safe!”
At this time a year ago, I had hoped that we would be able to return in full force this summer. Unfortunately, progress has not yet been swift enough to allow that. We hope to be back to full camp operations in 2022, once again offering the incredible experience we’ve provided for nearly four decades.
While we are unable to host overnight students in the campus dormitories, all is not lost. The camp administration is hard at work preparing a half-day camp option for those who live in the surrounding area. Sessions will be offered in either the morning or afternoon, depending on the student grade level and instrument. Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed and enforced, including cleaning between sessions, social distancing, reduced capacity, and masking. Registration for Day Camp will open on Friday, May 21. More details will be added to the website over the coming days.
For those who may not live in the Greensboro area, our recorded Masterclasses at Home will continue to be available on the camp website. This series of instructional videos produced last summer underscore our commitments to music education and access for all. We hope these videos have been and will continue to be a valuable resource in your practice.
We can’t wait to see you all again. Remember, even in difficult times, music is a universal language that binds us together, even at a great distance. Thank you for continuing to be a part of our community.
Be safe and well.
Brad McMillan, Director
UNCG Summer Music Camp