The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 2, 2013

Coda Academy scholarships available

Over a dozen local children can now apply to receive scholarship funds to attend Coda Mountain Academy of Music for free this summer, where they will study with graduates of top schools like Julliard, Peabody and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the Beckley Area Foundation are providing scholarship funds for 14 students in Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, Clay, Boone, Putnam, and Raleigh counties. The deadline to apply is May 10.

This summer, Coda launches its sixth two-week residential summer music camp in Fayetteville on June 29 for students aged 12 to 23.

Campers can choose from two musical tracks, classical or bluegrass.

The classical track is an intense program of private lessons, ensemble and chamber groups, concerts and Eurhythmics. Piano, strings, brass, bluegrass instruments and woodwind instruments will be taught on the beginner to advanced levels.

The bluegrass track with Brandon Green, faculty at East Tennessee State University, will include jamming, playing and singing in a band, bluegrass music theory, history of bluegrass and private instruction.

Students of various skill levels will learn banjo, dobro, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, ukulele and mandolin.

When they’re not picking or plucking, campers will enjoy zip-lining, mountain lake swimming, and other recreational adventures showcasing the New River Gorge.

“The short and long-term results of these exciting and dynamic summer camps are incredible,” writes Coda director Esther Morey in a press release.

“Students gain confidence and passion for their music through a serious study of music in a Christian environment that develops valuable character traits and life skills that open the door for future pursuits in any field.”

Campers are accepted without regard to religion and an emphasis on mutual respect of all faiths, races and national origins is encouraged.

Two full scholarships from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will be awarded to each of the following counties: Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, Clay, Boone, and Putnam.

The Beckley Area Foundation is providing $2,746 to be distributed in full and partial scholarships to students from Raleigh County.

Regular tuition for either camp track is $1,450. Paying students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

If all scholarships are not claimed by May 10, the application deadline, late applications will then be considered.

The application form is available at on the “apply” page.

To request a form by mail, contact Coda staff at 304-663-6688, or at Coda Mountain Academy, PO Box 615, Fayetteville, WV, 25840.

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