Sweet Sounds From Around The Globe
Students from this summer’s Music Makers’ Day Camp will host a program Friday, July 17 at the Disciples Center for Human Wholeness, located at 515 Maple Avenue, next to The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The camp is into its third week. Director of the Music Makers’ Camp, Sean Maxwell, has presented and discussed a variety of material with children attending the camp, including studies on the lives of Bach and Beethoven. Campers have listened to recordings of composers’ music and have been able to study copies of letters written by composers and maps of the countries where the composers’ lived. Children have also sang the national anthems of these countries.
Maxwell himself began studying music composition and piano at the young age of 10. He played the trumpet for Magnolia’s Marching Band, has extensively studied brass instruments and is currently the organist at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. Maxwell has been to Germany three times for music-related studies. He has worked with the Bavarian Stage Orchestra in Munch, as well as worked with the Music Conservatory in Lubeck, Germany.
Maxwell has studied traditional music in South Austria.
The talented musician is currently studying trumpet performance at Marshall University but is working to finish his degree in Germany. In the future, Maxwell hopes to work on a Masters or Doctors of Musical Arts, as well as audition for orchestras with brass openings.
Despite his world-wide travels, Maxwell also wants to continue helping the local community increase their expertise with musical studies.
Maxwell says he thinks the Music Makers’ Day Camp is “a really beneficial opportunity for children to explore the history and development of western music.”
“In Europe, this sort of program is common, while it falls short here in the United States. So, it’s gratifying for me.” Maxwell says.
Maxwell’s camp seems to also be well accepted by the local children. Attendee Breanna Herrick, along with friend Mallory Dennis simply describe the camp as “awesome.”
“I like learning about the composers,” Herrick adds.
And Dennis and Herrick do not seem to be the only two kids enjoying the camp, which this year has 11 kids attending. The camp is in its third year, and several children are repeat attendees from the first two years.