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Fusion Arts Children's Summer Camp

This summer aspiring young artists will have a number of opportunities to develop their skills and have fun in the process. There will be theater camps, music camps and art camps. Once such program is the Fusion Arts Camp which is looking forward to its second year this summer.

Amirah Said, Shaina Evoniuk, and Mattie Kaiser are returning to facilitate the camp which merges music and dance for young artists. This year's camp will be held July 23-27 at MOJO Rising Workshop and Event Studio in downtown Ashland.

Said and Evoniuk put their talents together to create a camp that they would have loved and thrived in as children. San Francisco Conservatory of Music graduate Kaiser joined in and developed the mission for the camp which was to explore the partnership that binds music and movement.

The camp is divided into three sections. Students choose to focus on either strings (violin, viola, cello or bass) with Evoniuk or dance with Said, then integrate the two art forms in Kaiser's fusion class. Kaiser uses techniques from both the Dalcroze and Orff music education programs to explore music kinesthetically. In the afternoons the participants are engaged in extra activities including crafts, outdoor activities, and theater games. The camp session closes with a final performance for family and friends showcasing what the students have learned and created during the week.

Evoniuk is finishing her final year at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in violin performance. She has been teaching young violin students for eight years in both Ashland and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Said has taught swing, modern and jazz to students in the Rogue Valley and is currently studying dance at Western Washington University. Next spring she will finish her bachelor's degree.

Kaiser is currently teaching and playing music in Portland. She is pursuing certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which is a method for teaching rhythmic movement as well as physical and instrumental improvisation. In the summer of 2006 she earned her Level — Orff certification, a music education program that stresses percussive rhythm as a basic form of human expression. She graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a bachelor of music in viola performance in 2006.

All three of the artistic directors have years of experience working with students in camp settings, both as counselors and teachers. Registration is $275 before June — and $300 on June — and after. For more details about Fusion Arts, including information about the classes, faculty, and registration see or call 601-8533 or 301-5432.