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The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida Announces Virtual Summer Arts Camps for 2020

Registration now open. Many scholarships are available.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – June 16, 2020. The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida is proud to announce its annual summer arts camps will be held virtually and is scheduled weekdays from June 22 through June 26. In its 29th year, the summer camps have moved online in order to continue the annual tradition of offering programs that provide a variety of high quality artistic and educational experiences that enrich and transform the lives of young people, while respecting current social distancing requirements due to COVID-19.

This year four virtual camps will be offered in music, theatre, and digital arts. While most classes are designed for middle school students, some are open to students as young as 4th grade and others include high school students. The fee for each camp is $70 per week. Additional online private lesson camps are $120 for four weeks. Scholarships of $100 and $50 are available.

The following camps will be held: Camp 1--Arts & Crafts Adventure, Camp 2--Summer Tabletop Improvisation & Gaming, Camp 3--Virtual Guitar Camp, and Camp 4--Virtual Musical Theatre Camp. Each camp includes at least 2 to 3 hours of content a day through a combination of webinars, Zoom meetings, and self-learning through Google Classroom and Zoom platforms.

New this year, online private lessons will be offered by professional musicians. These are one 30 minute online lesson per week starting June 22 and continuing for four weeks. Lessons will be conducted via Zoom meetings and information available through Google Classroom.

All Virtual Summer Arts Camps students must have access to a computer or digital device and they must provide their own instruments for all band and string camps.

The 2020 Virtual Summer Arts Camps will be taught by faculty who are current Lee County teachers and professional musicians who are selected for their expertise and ability to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the students and aspiring musicians. Camp instructors include Nicole Bizjak, Johnathan Lawrence, Michael Lynch, and Kathy Rivadeneira. Private lessons will be taught by professional musicians and teachers in our area.

Camp Director Jason Thomashefsky said, The summer camp offerings are smaller this year due to COVID-19, but it was important to the Music Foundation that we continue to hold the Summer Arts Camps and invest in the student programs that we have held for over two decades. We agreed that this year the show had to go on, albeit in a different format.”

“We are so pleased to offer our summer camps virtually this year,” said Ruth Christman, Executive Director of The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida. “It was important to us that we continue our camp offering in spite of the current social distancing climate. We are proud to offer a small but well-rounded and enriching program. We have plenty of scholarships for students this year.”

Registration and scholarship applications can be found online at

For questions contact Jason Thomashefsky at or Music Foundation Director, Ruth Christman, at or (239) 275-0057. More information can be found at


The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has been bringing music programs to students since 1991. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting interest in the musical arts among local youth through summer camps, a traveling instrument program that brings instruments to all Lee County schools, and through grants and scholarship programs. The Music Foundation sponsors many programs that reach out to the young people in our community including Summer Music & Arts Camps, the Fifth Grade Traveling Instrument Program, Double Reed & Music Festivals and High School Summer Music Camp Scholarships. For more information go to


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