By Leslie Yager
This was Year 3 for Mihika Jain and Sydney Nepo at Greenwich Parks & Rec summer music and art camp. Mihika, a rising 7th grader at Eastern Middle School and Nepo, a rising 8th grader at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk, both love the camp and the chance to make new friends.
“It’s fun. We see our friends we don’t see during the school year,” said Sydney who plays the French Horn, while her camp friend Mihika plays the flute.
“Every Friday we have a mini concert with the entire ban and orchestra for parents and family during the day,” Mihika said.
August 1 fell on a Friday and Central Middle School auditorium burst with summer music campers who chose to play in the optional performance. Counselors, all accomplished musicians themselves, introduced the campers, who performed a variety of pieces including solos, duets and quartets.
Mr. Yoon welcomed about 100 parents and friends to the informal concert. “Today is an opportunity to for us share to share what we do, though some of you have only been working on pieces for two days. We want to give everyone an encouraging hand. The whole idea is to be supportive of each other. It’s not going to be perfect,” he said.
Before turning over the mic to counselors and volunteers to run the show, Yoon reminded performers and the audience to applaud performances and use “concert comportment and not speaking or having conversation while someone else is performing,” he said. Indeed the audience was an appreciative community.
A rendition of “Clocks” by Coldplay: