The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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May 1, 2013

Scholarships available for Coda Mountain Music Camp

Dazzling musicianship and youthful energy abound at the Coda Mountain Academy of Music summer camp where students study with graduates of top schools including Juilliard, Peabody and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the Beckley Area Foundation have generously granted scholarship funds for 14 students to attend Coda Mountain Academy of Music. Coda hosts its sixth two-week residential summer music camp near the New River Gorge in Fayetteville June 16 through June 29.  Students ages 12 to 23 may select from two musical tracks.

-- Coda Academy Classical Track: Students will experience an intense program of private lessons, ensemble and chamber groups, theory, concerts and eurhythmics. Participants from the beginner/intermediate levels up to advanced are placed in a challenging but nurturing environment to study piano, strings, brass, bluegrass and selected woodwind instruments, including violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, French horn, clarinet and flute.

-- Coda Academy Bluegrass Track: Students will study bluegrass music with Brandon Green who is on faculty at East Tennessee State University. Classes will include bluegrass jamming, playing and singing in a band, bluegrass music theory, history of bluegrass, and private instruction. Students are accepted at various skill levels. Instruments include banjo, dobro, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, ukulele and mandolin.

Although Coda Academy is primarily a music camp, campers enjoy opportunities to experience zip-lines, mountain lake swimming and other recreational adventures that showcase the unique recreational offerings of the beautiful New River Gorge.

The short and long term results of these exciting and dynamic summer camps are incredible, organizers say. Students gain confidence and passion for their music through a serious study of music in a Christian environment that develops valuable character traits and life skills that open the door for future pursuits in any field. Mutual respect is encouraged between all regardless of faith, color, race or national origin.  Campers are accepted without regard to their religious persuasion.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation grant has made it possible for Coda to offer scholarships for students in Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, Clay, Boone and Putnam counties in either the classical or bluegrass track. Two full scholarships will be awarded in each county. The Beckley Area Foundation has granted $2746 to be disbursed in full or partial scholarships to students from Raleigh County.

Tuition for either camp track is $1,450. Paying students can and should apply immediately to optimize planning by Coda’s Artistic Committee. Scholarship application deadline is May 10. If all scholarships are not claimed by this date, late applications will be considered.

The scholarship application form is available online at on the “apply” page. To receive the form in the mail, contact Coda staff at 304-663-6688, or at Coda Mountain Academy, PO Box 615, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

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