The Delta Music Institute on the campus of Delta State University will be hosting its first DMI Summer Camp from July 15-21 on the DSU campus in Cleveland, Miss. The camp is the newest addition to the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute program.
The DMI Summer Camp is a six-day interactive experience for high school students ages 15-18 to explore three music career tracks that will be integrated together, culminating in a recording and showcase performance. College faculty, music industry professionals and specialists will provide hands-on instruction grounded in both academic and real-world applications. The curriculum will cover the creative process and technical aspects of songwriting, performing and recording.
DMI Director Tricia Walker wants to encourage students in their creativity. “Growing up in a small Mississippi town, I had the support of my community and my teachers in following my dreams, which were musical in nature. Those dreams took me to a major music center where I spent over 25 years as a singer/songwriter, musician, publisher, and producer; and because of music, I’ve had the opportunity to travel places all over the world. Through the DMI Summer Camp, we want to help equip and encourage young musicians and performers to follow their dreams.”
Some of the topics covered in the camp will be studio recording techniques, MIDI, music theory, songwriting, and performance. Daily instruction will be held in the Delta Music Institute which houses the DMI recording studio, featuring Mississippi’s only Digi Design ICON console, and the DMI Pro Tools lab, which includes 15 digital audio workstations with Digi 002 Factory interfaces. Final performances will be held in the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus.
An application form with guidelines for submitting audition materials may be downloaded from the DMI website at dmi.deltastate.edu. The deadline for submitting materials for this year’s camp is Friday, June 1. For more information, please call the DMI office at (662) 846-4579.
The Delta Music Institute is a first step towards a broad program in Media Arts Production. It began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Company in 2003. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music industry.