A week of music camp may be just what a youngster needs after six weeks of vacation. From July 24-28 musician and vocalist Casey Lipka will lead a program at Sierra 2 geared to children ages 8-11 years old. According to Casey, the campers will have fun while singing, learning about their voices and musicianship, along with participating in musical activities, games, creative writing, songwriting and art.
Participants will also learn about music theory and use some rhythm instruments for the performance at the camp’s conclusion. A concert for the community will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July. 28.
Casey has taught music classes at several local elementary schools, including William Land Park Elementary School and Crocker Riverside Elementary School. She also conducts a 60-member youth choir. She has received high praise from one student’s parent, Cath Mascal of Land Park. “My daughter has greatly enjoyed her weekly choir sessions at school,” said Cath in an email. “I think Casey is an excellent role model for the students as she is clearly passionate about music.”
Casey was classically trained at Concordia University in Montreal and later finished her music degree at Sac State in jazz voice and improvisation. She’s currently in a band called Cave Women, a group of five women who play and sing original music. Besides voice and piano, Casey plays the stand-up bass and mbira, an African thumb piano.
By Susan MacCulloch Viewpoint staff writer, Photo by: Nicholas Wray