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Prof. Orcenith Smith Conducts at Weeklong String Clinic

June 25, 2006

orcenith smith.jpgJune 25, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University School of Music Professor Orcenith Smith served as guest conductor at the third annual Indiana University-Southeast String Clinic, which concluded this weekend in New Albany, Indiana. The 50 students who participate in the weeklong clinic are in grades 7-12 and are auditioned from the Louisville and southern Indiana area. Their coaches include members of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra.

"It is important to keep nurturing string education year round, so, I am honored to be brought to conduct the cumulative concert for these children," says Smith. "Their teachers have shown tremendous initiative to start this kind of camp/clinic going and keep it going. Maintaining momentum through the summer with intensive all day focus can help these students at this age excel faster than might otherwisebe expected," adds the professor.

Earlier in the summer, Smith conducted another string camp, "Strings and Jazzy Things," in Indianapolis. Created for inner-city string students, the program was coordinated by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and funded by the Lilly Endowment, Crystal DeHaan Foundation, Indianapolis Foundation, Clarian Health, and Indianapolis' St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

For more information about the IU-Southeast String Clinic, click here.

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