Nearly 200 students—new and returning—from Washington, D.C., gathered together at the beautiful Woodrow Wilson High School for their first day at summer camp with The MusicianShip.
With only 5 weeks until their camp-end concert, Dianne’s Recital, faculty wasted no time getting students into formation based on their music interests which included marching band, choir, tracks in both music business and music media, and a newly added dance course.
There’s never a quiet moment at Woodrow Wilson. One could walk through the school and hear jam sessions occurring in nearby classrooms or discussions about music theory. Turn another corner and find students in the hallway rehearsing privately or mastering their craft in one of the practice rooms.
Our Music Business, Music Media, and Choir students were in for a treat as we were honored to have Gospel Recording and Touring Artist Paul “PJ” Morgan visit for an intimate Q&A session with them.
PJ is the band director at Reid Temple AME, one of the largest mega churches in the United States with 20,000+ members and 3 locations in the Washington Metropolitan area. He is the most recent addition to the Ray Chew Orchestra and has worked with countless well-known gospel and secular artists, including Karen Clark-Sheard, Ben Tankard, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, and Babyface.
A scheduled 30-minute visit turned into an hour as students eagerly asked PJ about the music industry. Students raised questions regarding how to keep their integrity in the music business, potential salary earnings, advice about handling people who don’t have their best interest at heart, and dealing with homesickness while on the road.
By the end of the week, these students seem well on their way to becoming better musicians and joining forces to perform an amazing show for the D.C. area community and, more importantly, encountering a life-changing experience through music that will stick with them for years to come.
We’re ready for an awesome 6-week journey with our students at The MusicianShip’s 2016 Summer Camp and look forward to seeing YOU at Dianne’s Recital!