NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Tuscarawas Philharmonic will launch its inaugural summer music program for young musicians this June at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

Registration forms are now being accepted for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Performing Arts Camp, will be June 17 to June 21.

The music camp will be divided into two groups.

A string program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and will be open to string players through twelfth grade.

"Nearly half of the students who take private lessons from me are either home schooled, or their school district does not have an orchestra," said cellist Mary Cooper, string camp coordinator. "I want all my students to experience the joy of making music with others. For students who do have orchestra as an elective in their schools, I want them to have extra help on their individual instruments with outstanding string educators."

The band program, open to students who have completed the seventh, eighth, or ninth grades in the 2012-2013 school year, will follow in the afternoon, operating from 1 to 4 p.m. Joan Wenzel, music educator with the Dover City Schools and percussion specialist, is the coordinator of this portion of the music camp.

Eric Benjamin, music director of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, will be on staff for the week, directing both groups of students in orchestral and group band settings, and he will direct a free concert on stage at the Performing Arts Center on Friday June 21.

"At the Philharmonic Performing Arts Camp, you'll get to focus ... and broaden. We'll focus on your strengths, work on problems and broaden your musical horizons so that the experience of playing becomes more fun and fulfilling for you!" said Benjamin.

Both portions of the program will be staffed by qualified educators serving as instrument specialists so that each student will receive personalized instruction on his or her instrument.

The program will include sectionals, sight-reading experience, fun activities and a pizza party; and participants will receive a customized T-shirt to commemorate their week at camp.

The cost of the week-long event is $95, and the deadline for registering is May 10. However, parents who register their students by April 15 will receive a $10 discount.

Brochures are available for download at and through the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Performing Arts Camp Facebook page.

Parents interested in enrolling their young musicians may also contact the coordinators. Mary Cooper at 330-343-6990,; or Joan Wenzel at 330-204-5647,