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Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy Offered for High-Schoolers at FSU

High school students with hopes and dreams of becoming a world-renowned singer, musician or artist, or even becoming a swashbuckling actor or rock star, can bring those dreams a little closer to reality at the Frostburg State University Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy this summer.

Frostburg State University will host the 2009 Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy. The Academy offers six different programs for most students entering grades nine through 12. The programs include Creative Writing, Wind Chamber, Stage Combat, Choir, Garage Band and Appalachian Folk Arts. Each program is a week long and students have the option of residing on campus or commuting.

The Garage Band Workshop, held June 14 through 20, will offer students the opportunity to work with successful area musicians and receive one-on-one training on the guitar, bass or drums. Students will form bands and learn the musical and communication skills necessary for being in a booming rock band. The bands will chose a name, develop a logo, create a biography and set up a Myspace music page. Students will learn about song structure, lyric writing and all the finer points of being a working musician.

The Garage Band Workshop is $400 for commuter students and $600 for students residing on campus. For more information, contact Gerry LaFemina at 301-687-4024.

The Creative Writing Workshop, held June 21 through June 27, is taught by published writers and offered to students entering grades 10 through 12. Students will experience literature and language beyond the average high school’s goals. Topics of the workshop include fiction, pulling stories from the air, poetry and speculative fiction. Students will gain a greater knowledge of what is more or less successful in their own work while also developing their reading and editorial skills.

The cost for the Creative Writing Workshop is $375 for commuter students and $575 for students residing on campus. For more information, contact LaFemina.

The Stage Combat Workshop will take place from June 21 through June 27. Student actors will engage in group and individual instruction in unarmed and single-sword stage combat. There will be daily warm-ups, classes in movement styles, stage combat and Hollywood-style single sword fights. By the end of the program, students will be able to use their entire body as an expressive instrument, access greater depth of emotion in their acting work, “act” a fight and understand the principles of safe stage fighting.

The Stage Combat Workshop is $450 for commuter students and $650 for students residing on campus. For more information, contact Darrell Rushton at 301-687-4487.

The Wind Chamber Music Institute, held July 5 through 11, is open to high school music students who play the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Students will rehearse three times a day, receive daily group and individual instruction, participate in instrument masterclasses and perform in an end-of-camp concert.

The cost for the Wind Chamber Music Institution is $480 for commuter students and $650 for students residing on campus. For more information on this workshop, contact Mark Gallagher at 301-687-4381.

The Appalachian Folk Arts Camp, held July 5 through 11, will offer students to explore one or more Appalachian folklore and folklife genres. Students will be given the opportunity to create original pieces that reflect the traditional regional styles. The camp will give an introduction of folklore and folklife studies, explore the folk arts of Appalachia and study the role of personal creativity in traditional arts.

The cost for the Appalachian Folk Arts is $450 for commuter students and $650 for students residing on campus. For more information, contact Kara Rogers Thomas at 301-687-3124.

The FSU Summer Choral Institute, held July 12 through 18, strives to provide high school vocal musicians with the opportunity to have an exciting weeklong creative and intensive musical experience. Students will participate in choral and opera scenes, study music theory and vocal techniques and perform a recital and a concert.

The Choral Institute is $480 for commuter students and $650 for residing on campus. For information, contact Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker at 301-687-4110.

More information is available on the Web site,, or contact Gallagher, academy director, at 301-687-4381 or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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