Kentucky Arts and Culture
Record Breaker At Stephen Foster Camp
It’s another record breaker for a summertime music program at Eastern Kentucky University. This is the 77th consecutive year for the Stephen Foster Music Camp, ranking it among the oldest in the nation. Ben Walker is director of the music camp program. “This is not only, you know, we’re the second oldest…this is also our largest camp ever in our history of camps,” said Walker.
Walker says they have 40 more campers than last year’s record breaking 550 participants. He says instruction covers vocal, strings, band, world percussion, piano, and guitar.
“The past couple of years we’ve notice a larger growth in high school vocal camp as well as the band camp…this year for the first time we actually have a waiting list..to get in our high school band camp,” added Walker.
This band camp focuses on concerts, and not marching. For most participants, Walker says that’s a nice change.
“Well a lot of them are involved in the marching band activity which has become highly competitive…at least in the state of Kentucky…here it’s all concert based indoor band and it’s not competitive and I think that’s refreshing for the students to come to a place where they all have the same goal in mind and it’s not competitive,” said Walker.
The Stephen Foster Music Camp wraps up later this week.