The Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, part of Meredith College’s Community School of Music, celebrated its 35th anniversary this month. Two camp sessions were held between June 5-20, 2014.
In its 35 year history, the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp (LSMC) has educated thousands of young students in the art and technique of music-making, within a warm and entertaining camp setting.
Meredith College music faculty member Phyllis Garriss founded the camp in 1979. Garriss felt strongly that music in the Wake County schools should be given full support by the community and wanted to work with the school teachers to build on the progress made in their school-year programs. It is still a primary mission of LSMC, whose faculty includes Wake County music educators. The camp also provides scholarships every summer to those in need.
The program’s outstanding Honors Chamber Music Division students, including strings, piano and woodwind players, are admitted to the program by audition only. This year, there were approximately 65 students in this elite group, while the total camp population was 144. Teachers include many members of the North Carolina Symphony, Meredith College faculty, high-level music educators and conductors with a national reputation.
The camp is named for Lamar Stringfield, the founder of the North Carolina Symphony whose father, Oliver Larkin Stringfield helped to build Meredith College. Lamar Stringfield was also a flute player; so since 2012, the camp has been steadily building its woodwind division. This year, the camp had its first Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Meredith faculty member Jimmy Gilmore, Principal Clarinet, retired, of the NC Symphony.
The program’s most advanced, graduating students are continuing their music education at many leading conservatories and universities. Some of these are Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. One of the program’s outstanding pianists from the past two years, Lily Stavish, will be attending Meredith College as a music major in fall of 2014.
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