Pilot Mountain music camp begins Wednesday


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Bryan Kistner and Will Nichols, co-directors of last year’s camp, present an award to camper Charlie Speagle. Sitting is percussion presenter Joshua Stevens, a student at UNC-Greensboro. Kistner will be returning to direct this year’s camp.


The 16th annual Joyce L. Collins Music Camp of First Presbyterian Church of Pilot Mountain will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon. The church is located at 316 East Main Street in Pilot Mountain.

Activities for Wednesday and Thursday will include musical drama and storytelling, instrument playing (including recorder), singing, composer and composition study, movement and more. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding participants and helpers.

According to primary organizer Sherri Collins, camp activities are designed to provide enrichment opportunities for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. There is no charge for camp participation.

The camp will be directed by graduating East Surry senior and drum major Bryan Kistner under the supervision of Collins and Wilson Smith. They will be assisted by middle school, high school and college students along with guest instructors and instrumentalists. Taking part for the first time will be East Surry High School Choral Director Kalli Spaugh.

The camp is named in honor of the late Joyce L. Collins. According to Sherri Collins, Joyce Collins had played an integral role in starting the summer camp for any student with an interest or talent in music. While the idea came after a suggestion from her sister, Diane Walker, the passion for the camp was based on her love of helping children discover the beauty of music.

Joyce Collins taught elementary school for more than 30 years and directed the First Presbyterian Church choir for almost 40 years.

In-person registration by a parent or guardian is required on the first day of camp for each child participant. Prompt pick-up at noon each day will also be required.

On Thursday beginning at 11:30 a.m., an informal program will be presented by campers and helpers and the public is invited to attend.

The church will also present a Bible school program on both days from 1-3 p.m. for children from age 3 through the fifth grade. A program focusing on Daniel and the lion’s den and the Good Samaritan will incorporate drama, arts and crafts and music.

Those attending Bible school will be provided with a bag lunch with lunch and play time scheduled from noon until 1 p.m.

An informal Bible school program will be held in the church sanctuary on Thursday beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will be open to all.

Bryan Kistner and Will Nichols, co-directors of last year’s camp, present an award to camper Charlie Speagle. Sitting is percussion presenter Joshua Stevens, a student at UNC-Greensboro. Kistner will be returning to direct this year’s camp.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_4570-1-1-2.jpgBryan Kistner and Will Nichols, co-directors of last year’s camp, present an award to camper Charlie Speagle. Sitting is percussion presenter Joshua Stevens, a student at UNC-Greensboro. Kistner will be returning to direct this year’s camp.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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