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More than 70 Students Honed their Musical Skills at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Coastal Bend String Camp

August 06, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A total of 72 elementary, middle, and high school students, mostly local, but some from as far away as Puerto Rico, cultivated their musical talents at the Ninth Annual Coastal Bend String Camp, hosted by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from July 24-31.

During String Camp, students advanced their musical development with the help of the Island University string faculty and other outstanding local and international music artists and educators. To qualify for camp, students needed to have at least two years of musical experience, and had to audition for placement.

“String Camp helps students explore music in a different, non-traditional way,” said Dr. Jose Flores, String Camp Director and Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “In one week at camp, students absorb the knowledge of six months of a regular school year, in a friendly and exciting atmosphere.”

Camp activities included intense orchestra and ensemble playing experiences, along with Mariachi training, improvisation classes, recreational events, and recitals.

Along with Dr. Jose Flores, camp faculty included Dr. Melissa Melendez, A&M University-Corpus Christi Education Specialist; Mrs. Rosa Sierra, Puerto Rico Conservatory String Coordinator; Ms. Patricia Salinas, Corpus Christi ISD Orchestra Director; Mr. Eugene Alfaro, Orchestra Director in the Houston area and Islander alumni; Mrs. Mia Hagarty, Violin Instructor and active freelancer; Dr. Luis Miguel Rojas, Principal Cellist with the Puerto Rico Symphony; and Ms. Jennifer Mulhern, Cellist and improvisational artist.