Greensboro, N.C., July 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 2,000 student musicians from 21 states and Bermuda will attend the 35th annual UNCG Summer Music Camp, making this year’s music camp the largest in UNCG history.

During the two weeklong sessions, which run July 9-21, campers in grades 5-12 receive individual and group instruction from top musicians, including many UNCG students and alumni. Each week culminates with camper performances at venues across campus – an opportunity for students to show off what they’ve learned to their families and the general public.

Since the camp’s founding in 1983, more than 60,000 musicians have attended UNCG Summer Music Camp, widely known as the largest university summer music camp in the nation. 

This year’s camp features 15 concert bands, five orchestras, four choirs and 160 pianists. According to Camp Director Dr. John Locke, a professor of music in UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the demand this year was even greater than in previous years. Approximately 1,400 campers applied on the first day of registration, Feb. 1.

For Locke, the ultimate goal is to “light a spark” in these young musicians.

“When they return home, we want them to be fired up about practicing their instrument,” he said. “I hope we can provide instruction that they’ve never had before – we want to open their eyes to new techniques.”

Performances will take place on Friday, July 14, and Friday, July 21, at 6:15 p.m. in Elliott University Center (Cone Ballroom and Auditorium), Taylor Theatre, UNCG Auditorium and the Recital Hall in the Music Building. All performances are free and open to the public.

To learn more about UNCG Summer Music Camp, visit For more information about the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts, visit


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Eden Bloss
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro