HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN (June 18, 2014) – PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp is back for another exciting program of inspired music for talented young musicians. Heading into the program’s fifth year, the 2014 Rock Camp will be in session July 21 – August 1. Young musicians, ages 11 to 19, are encouraged to register for the program and participate in the open audition process. The final Rock Camp performance will rock the Rozsa Center on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
“We are trying something a little different this year with auditions,” says Todd Brassard, the camp’s Program Director. “We are asking kids to submit video auditions created with their mobile devices or web cams.” The video audition format is a natural extension of the program’s tactic of leveraging of social media for promoting the final concert.
PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp is an intensive two-week musical program for area youth, ages 11 to 19. Campers are rapidly developed from independent musicians into tight-knit bands through the exciting real-world process of self-exploration, talent development, musical collaboration, relentless rehearsal, and live performance.
“In an age of video games, smart phones, and social media, kids are more likely to text than talk and Facebook than face-to-face,” says Creative Director, PJ Olsson. “Rock Camp provides a unique opportunity for kids to get together creatively in a positive, safe, and cultivating environment.”
Rock Camp was conceived in 2009 when Olsson brought 18 young musicians together to accompany his performance at the Houghton Spring Art & Music Festival. Brassard partnered with Olsson in 2010 to re-invent the music camp to better feature the talent of the kids. “We had this crazy and wonderful idea of an epic rock concert starring kids from around the Keweenaw. We just wanted to see if it could be done,” recalls Brassard. “We never expected the campers to completely floor us with their talent and drive. The final rock concert was out of this world!”
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