Lincoln-Way Youth Strings Hosts Successful Summer Camp
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Approximately 75 young musicians and future Lincoln-Way students participated in the two-week Youth Strings Summer Camp held at Lincoln-Way East this month. Students learned and performed a wide variety of music, including classical, patriotic and pop songs.

The camp culminated with a concert for parents and community members on July 16 where children showcased the songs they learned.

Students of all experience levels enjoyed the opportunity to sharpen their skills and make music with other students during the Youth Strings Summer Camp, said Michelle Freeland, orchestra director for Youth Strings and Lincoln-Way North and East orchestra teacher. The progress these students demonstrated in just two weeks was outstanding.

Throughout the camp students learned about conducting, how string instruments are made, and the science of sound on a string instrument, as well as talking with and listening to local professional performing musicians. Local musicians, violinist Dr. Casey McGrath and bassist Cliff Hunt, worked with the campers on improving their skills.

For the junior high string students, special instruction was included for the IMEA music tryouts.

Lincoln -Way Youth Strings (LWYS) consists of multiple string orchestras and is available to any student beginner through eighth grade who already plays or is interested in learning violin, viola, cello, or string bass.

Fall registration for the Lincoln-Way Youth Strings will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Avenue, Frankfort.

There are four orchestras in the program, ranging from beginning to advanced. Beginning orchestra is open to all students in the 4th grade. Students may also begin in 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade.

Please contact the director, Michelle Freeland at 815-534-3069 or youthstrings@lw210.org.