Campers perform "Summer Camp: A Musical Caper" at last year's Music and Arts Summer Camp.

Instrumental education at the 2017 Vankleek Hill Music and Arts Summer Camp

The 18th annual Vankleek Hill Music and Arts Summer Camp returns to Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) July 4-14 with two weeks of songs, showmanship, and spirited learning for kids aged 6-14 years old.

Throughout camp, kids will attend classes on a variety of instruments including the harp, guitar, drums, and glockenspiel, all taught by local musicians. Campers will also attend drama classes, creating art and costumes for the end-of-camp musical — the crescendo to close out the weeks’ activities.

This year’s theme is “Pinocchio: An Adventure at the Puppet Show”, with music inspired by the classic children’s story.

Retired VCI music teacher Kathleen Fraser-Collins will teach choir at this year’s camp, with Ian Hepburn (harp), Will Laurin (drums), Christos Bereris (guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel), and husband-wife duo Cynthia Martin (drama) and Lawrence Larouche (art) rounding out the roster of teachers. Four high school counsellors will also attend camp to help guide and supervise the campers.

The 2017 edition of the camp will be the first without co-founder, Rejean Lafrance, who passed away in June. Lafrance taught recorder and had served as camp registrar since the camp began in 1999.