With just days remaining in a month-long fundraiser, the coordinator of the Oklahoma State University High School Summer Music Camp is attempting to raise just more than $2,000 to help send deserving teens who could not otherwise afford to go.
“In its first two years, our camp has served almost 200 high school band, orchestra and piano students from seven different states and we hope to grow that number even more this year,” said Laura Talbott Clark, camp faculty member and associate professor of violin and viola at OSU. “However, for many families, sending their children to a summer music camp is a luxury they cannot afford.”
The OSU High School Summer Music Camp offers young musicians the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in music for a week with other students who share their love of music. Melissa Bosma is camp director.
“As a university music program, it is our duty at OSU to support the heroic efforts of public school music teachers by providing educational opportunities to engage, enrich and inspire the young musicians of Oklahoma and surrounding states, especially in this time of budget cuts and curricular challenges,” Talbott Clark said.
May 8 is the deadline for the fundraising effort, which is currently at 40 percent of its $4,000 goal. On Monday, May 7, Panera Bread will contribute a portion of proceeds earned from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. to the fund for anyone who presents a flyer, hardcopy or electronic, when purchasing their meal.
You can also donate electronically by going online to https://philanthropete.osugiving.com/project/6305.
Learn more about the summer music camp fundraising efforts, go to http://musiccamp.okstate.edu/.