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March 31, 2006

Teens Have Unique Opportunity to Create Original Music at Camp Hollis

OSWEGO – Camp Hollis will host “Inventing Sound Weekends,” a unique program designed to encourage musical creativity in teens, April 29 and 30 and May 20 and 21. The program is open to youth ages 13 to 16. No prior skills or music background are needed.

Led by Matt Wood and Gina Holsopple in conjunction with Friends of Camp Hollis, the event runs from 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29 to noon Sunday, April 30, and from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20 to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21. An additional evening program will be scheduled for a CD opening. Students will stay overnight in cabins at Camp Hollis. Meals and lodging are included in the $20 registration fee.

“The concept of ‘Inventing Sound’ is for young teens to find an avenue to build self-confidence and opportunities for positive self-expression,” said Wood. “This is accomplished with no more than an idea and encouragement and some pots and pans!”

Teens will go through a process of forming creative writing pieces and setting them to music, using day-to-day items that we find around us.

“The finished pieces will be recorded onto a CD which will be reproduced and made available throughout the county,” said Wood. “It will be presented by the participants to the wider community at the CD opening.”

Wood and Holsopple have been developing creative programming for youth and families since 1999, and formed Project X in 2005 to provide new and creative programming for youth and families in Oswego County. They provide environmental education programs for school groups at Camp Hollis and have been guiding wilderness camping trips for six years.

Holsopple has an extensive background in classical music and has been writing and performing original music for ten years. They have traveled and performed together throughout the U.S. for the past two years. “Using alternative, experiential learning environments, it is our vision to creatively enhance personal growth, self-expression and positive communication,” she said.

Registration is requested by April 21. To register, or for more information, call Wood or Holsopple at 402-6159.

The project is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by Arts & Culture for Oswego County. Camp Hollis, located on Lake Ontario in the town of Oswego, is owned by the County of Oswego and operated by the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau.

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