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Delta Music Institute Summer Camp Showcase set for Saturday

By July 16, 2009General

Cooper Anderton from Greenwood

Oryan Griffin (at left)) and Thomas Pitts, both from Indianola


Students attending the Delta Music Institute Summer Camp on the campus of Delta State University will be showcasing their musical talents in a concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m.

The concert, which will feature familiar hits from the rock and soul genres, along with original songs written by the campers is free and open to the public.
This third annual DMI Summer Camp was held July 12-18 and was under the umbrella of the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute program.
Eleven campers from around the state have been spending the week learning the ins and outs of audio recording and the music industry in three different areas of instruction. Students attending the camp have been studying audio engineering, performance band, or a singer/songwriter track in an interactive setting with the culmination being the upcoming live concert along with a studio recording.
The DMI Summer Camp performance band is under the direction DMI instructor Barry Bays, assisted by Haley Bennett. DMI instructor and chief audio engineer Mike Iacopelli oversees the recording project, and DMI Director Tricia Walker offers instruction to the singer/songwriter students. BPAC Executive Director David Dallas offered stage performance coaching to the aspiring musical artists.
The Delta Music Institute is a first step towards a broad program in Recording Arts and Music Industry Studies. It began with a generous donation by Fred Carl of the Viking Range Corporation 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.