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DMI Mobile Lab campers present showcase

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Students attending the third annual DMI Mobile Lab Summer Camp, sponsored in part by Entergy Mississippi, will present a musical showcase on Friday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Studio A of the Delta Music Institute on the campus of Delta State University.

The showcase will include cover songs along with original songs written by the camp’s songwriting students.

Participants include 28 students ages 12-14, including a group from the Young LITES of the Mississippi Delta Chapter of the Links, Inc.

The intensive five-day camp experience explores two music career tracks, including band performance and songwriting, culminating in a recording session at the DMI studios and showcase performance.

Mobile Lab project coordinators, Vickie Jackson and Travis Calvin, are able to assist the campers in crafting their unique voice into original songs by listening intently to their thoughts and ideas.2015 Mobile Lab camp-4 small

Instructors for the DMI ML camp include DMI Mobile Lab staff members, DMI faculty members, Delta State students and visiting music industry professionals Steve Azar and Southern Halo. One of the original songs created during the camp was written with award-winning artist-in-residence Azar, while sister trio Southern Halo performed songs from their newest CD release and also participated in a Q&A session with the campers.

“The DMI Mobile Lab Camp offers such a great opportunity for young aspiring musicians and songwriters to develop and showcase their talents by empowering them to each find their own ‘voice,’” said Tricia Walker, director of the DMI. “I can report that there is no shortage of talent in the Mississippi Delta.

The 5:30 p.m. concert on Friday is free and open to the public. Supporters of these talented young musicians are encouraged to attend and enjoy the show.

Using mobile music audio/visual technology, the goal of the DMI Mobile Lab is to nurture and encourage creativity, complement curriculum, and empower students with a knowledge and appreciation of the rich musical heritage of Mississippi. For more information, visit http://dmimobilelab.org.2015 Mobile Lab camp-2 small

The Delta Music Institute is a first step towards a broad program in Entertainment Industry Studies. 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. For more information, call the DMI office at 662-846-4579 or visit http://deltastate.edu/dmi.

STEM summer camp offered

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Delta State is introducing the Kent Wyatt Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer camp this year.

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Mathematics will offer an interdisciplinary science and math summer program for students entering grades 7-8. The camp will take place July 13-17 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Delta State.

Dr. Ellen Green, chair of biological sciences, said the STEM camp will offer interactive activities that take learning beyond the typical school experience.

“There has been a recognized need, not only in the Mississippi Delta but nationally, for greater emphasis on STEM education,” said Green. “We have developed modules that are hands-on, inquiry-based science and math experiences that will enhance science and math understanding for the junior high school student.”

The camp was named in honor of President Emeritus Kent Wyatt for his 50 years of service to the institution. Wyatt also earned a degree in mathematics education at Delta State.

Space is limited and applications are due to the Department of Biological Sciences in 127 Gibson-Gunn Hall by May 29. Call 662-846-4240 for more information.

Delta Music Institute Summer Camp showcase set

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Students attending the eighth Delta Music Institute Summer Camp at Delta State University will be showcasing their musical talents in a concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on July 19 at 6 p.m. The concert, which will feature familiar hits, along with original songs written by the campers, is free and open to the public.

Over 20 campers from four states are spending the week learning the ins and outs of the entertainment industry in three different areas of instruction. Students attending the camp are studying audio engineering, performance band or a singer/songwriter track in an interactive setting with the culmination being the live showcase along with a professional studio recording.

The DMI Summer Camp performance band is under the direction of DMI Instructor Barry Bays and assisted by Nashville studio drummer/producer Vince Barranco. Staff member Travis Calvin oversees the recording sessions, and DMI Director Tricia Walker offers direction to the singer/songwriter students. DMI Instructor Charly Abraham provides stage performance coaching to the aspiring musical artists with input from artist-in-residence Steve Azar. Staff member Katt “DJ Saxy” Grant will instruct beat-makers and producers in the skills involved with DJing. Delta State entertainment industry majors are serving as camp counselors and support staff.

“The DMI Summer Camp continues to be a highlight of our year,” said Walker. “It’s amazing what these talented campers can create and put together in only a week’s time.”