The Tuscarawas Philharmonic will host its annual Performing Arts Camp this June at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center and Buckeye Career Center. Registration forms are now being accepted for the string, chorus and percussion programs scheduled for June 10-13.

Mary Cooper, cellist with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, coordinates the string program held from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is open to all string players through 12th grade and will be divided into two groups—a beginning orchestra for students who have beginning music reading skills and an advanced orchestra for those students who have good reading skills and who want to be challenged to play more advanced repertoire.

This year, the advanced string orchestra will premier a commissioned work by Kathryn Griesinger, orchestra editor for music publisher J. W. Pepper.

The children’s chorus camp is designed for all children ages 7 to 14 with no auditions required. Laura Barkett, educator and director of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Children’s Chorus, will coordinate this camp.

"Students will get a full immersion experience in singing, movement and the fundamentals in music making," said Barkett. "We hope each child leaves with a better understanding of his or her own voice, musicianship and identity as a performer."

This year, the Philharmonic is introducing a percussion camp specifically designed for percussionists in grades six through eight. Led by Joan Wenzel and Thomas Roblee, both performers with the Philharmonic, students will explore classical and world percussion through group lessons and ensemble experiences.

The percussion camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Buckeye Career Center at 545 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia.

The week will culminate in a combined concert on stage at the Performing Arts Center, with all three groups performing. The concert is free and open to the public.

The camp program will be staffed by professional music educators and performing members of the Philharmonic serving as instrument specialists, providing each student with personalized instruction on his or her instrument. Eric Benjamin, Philharmonic music director, will be on staff the camps.

The cost of the four-day event is $105, and the deadline for registering is May 7. Parents who register their students by April 15 will receive a $10 discount.

To sponsor a scholarship for students with financial needs, contact Executive Director Sallie Stroup at

Register online at Parents interested in enrolling their young musicians may also contact the coordinators. Mary Cooper—330-243-4122,; Laura Barkett—; Joan Wenzel—330-204-5647,