Cumberland University


The Arts Academy announces new 2011 summer camp offerings


The Arts Academy at Cumberland University announces their summer camps for students ages 5-16.  Featured this year will be a new Suzuki violin camp June 20-24 that will include the current Arts Academy instructor Thornton Cline as well as bring in Suzuki specialist instructors, Veronica Joines and Aaron Powell.  The trio will combine to bring the best instruction to current Book 1 through Book 4 Suzuki students in a concentrated week of violin study.

Also new to the Arts Academy line up will be the Phoenix Art Camp for students ages 12-16 (June 27-July 1), a Bulldog Fun Camp for students ages 7-11 (June 27- July 1) and a theatre camp for younger children ages 5-9 (June 13-17).  Old favorites are back including the Jazz Band Camp (June 13-16), Music Technology Camp (June 6-9), Art Camp for children who have finished K-6th grade (June 20-24) and the Theatre camp for students aged 8-13 June 6-10.

To find out more information about all that the Arts Academy offers, including dates, times and pricing, visit the Arts Academy website or contact Bow Ponkerd or Debi Goodwin at Cumberland University School of Music & the Arts, 615.547.1364 or  The mailing address is 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087.

The Cumberland Arts Academy is a school of fine arts for all ages, children through adults. As a branch of Cumberland University, the Arts Academy offers a variety of private and group instruction programs year round as well as summer camps. Our instructors are among the best the area has to offer and are highly credentialed in their respective fields.

Detailed Suzuki Camp information follows:


Level: Book 1-4
Date: Monday- Friday, June 20 – 24; 1pm – 6pm
Drop of time starts at 12:30pm and pick up time ends at 6:30pm.
Instructors: Mr. Thornton Cline, Ms. Veronica Joines, Mr. Aaron Powell
Fee: Tuition - $300 and Non-refundable registration fee - $25

New camp! The world-famous Suzuki method is a fun-and-game way to learn the violin through rote ear and memory training. Children as young as three or four years old can pick up the violin and the bow and begin the process of making sound and music, just as they are learning to speak language in complete sentences. Suzuki violin summer camp focuses on enhancing children’s ability to play violin, sight reading, and music theory from several instructors as well as offering parents an opportunity to learn and discuss techniques of how to help their kids with practice at home. Children will not only learn about Suzuki Violin. Throughout the week, they will get to involve in several creative and fun activities the camp staff provided for them. On the last day of camp, Cumberland Arts Academy will host a mini concert perform by professional performers for campers and their families at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Information about the instructors:

Thornton Cline

Thornton Cline holds certification in Suzuki Violin books 1-5 through the Suzuki Association of Americas which he is a long time active member.   Cline has over 25 years experience teaching Suzuki violin. Cline received his Suzuki training from Anastasia Jempelis at Eastman School of Music and numerous Suzuki teacher workshops including one with the late founder and master, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  Mr. Cline founded several successful Suzuki violin programs and the Sumner County Youth Orchestra throughout middle Tennessee.  Currently, Cline is the director of the Nashville Suzuki Players.   The Nashville Suzuki Players have performed concert tours with television appearances all over the Southeastern part of the United States and recently made their international television debut on "Country Camp Meeting" which will be on the TBN network in August.

Cline is an avid performer in violin.  He has performed with numerous symphonies.  He has performed and recorded at the Grand Ole' Opry Studio Hall A, the Ryman Auditorium, Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel, the Palace Theater, Krannert Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C.   Cline has recorded and performed with recording artists including Grammy winner, Jason Crabb, The Gaithers and William Lee Golden.

Cline holds a BME in strings at Virginia Commonwealth University, a MS in strings and music education at The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  Cline has completed all of his doctoral course work for his Ph. D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  Cline is an adjunct Suzuki violin instructor at Cumberland Arts Academy, at Sumner Academy and teaches in his private studio in Hendersonville.  Cline has written numerous string and music education articles for some of the leading music education journals including the American String Teacher's Association Journal.  His string and choral music is published with Alfred Music and Bourne Company in New York.  He has conducted Suzuki and fiddle workshops in the middle Tennessee area.  Cline has over 150 songs recorded by major and independent recording artists.  He has delivered music presentations at the MENC National Convention in Miami and at the WTSBOA conference in Memphis.

Veronica Joines

Veronica Joines holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree from West Virginia University and a Master's degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Belmont University. She served as concertmaster of the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra and has performed with several orchestras including the Hershey Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Nashville. Veronica currently performs with the Bowling Green Western Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Bowling Green, Kentucky and with local ensembles providing event music at venues throughout the Nashville area. Veronica's violin studio encompasses over 50 students in the Nashville area including students at Croft Middle Design Center, Donelson Christian Academy, Allegro School of Music and Free Will Baptist Bible College.  Although classically trained, Veronica also performs and teaches celtic, country and fiddle music. At a young age she began playing fiddle for her family band and had the opportunity to travel and perform with them for several years. She has taught at several fiddle workshops and is also the director of "Fiddlesticks", a group class of several young fiddlers who learn fiddle tunes and share them through performances in Personal Care Homes, churches and schools.  Veronica is deeply passionate about teaching music and greatly enjoys sharing her love of classical and fiddle music with students of all ages.

Arron Powell

Arron Powell has taught Suzuki violin for 10 years in Memphis and Nashville. He interned under Lisa Love in Memphis. Powell received further training from Helen Brunner and received certification in Suzuki Violin Books1 and 2 at the International Music Festival in Berea, Ohio. Later, he received further training and from Ed Kreitman and received his Suzuki Violin Book 3 certification at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Powell also received certification in "Every Child Can".

Powell holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in music theory from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.  Other teachers of note include Dr. Joy Wiener of the Memphis Symphony, the longest reigning concertmaster in America, Steve Wedell from the Columbus Symphony, and Terry Langdon with the Indianapolis Symphony.

Powell was also a member of the award-winning competitive string group HiStrung for 3 years.  During Powell's time with HiStrung, the group won the junior division of the Tennessee State Fair fiddling championship, the grand prize of the junior division of the Mid-South Fair talent show in Memphis, and placed first in the senior division of the same talent show a year later.  The Mid-South fair was the largest amateur talent show in the world at that time.
His interests besides teaching include cooking, singing, conducting, composing, arranging, and recording.  He and his wife Abby, a horn teacher and player, have lived in Nashville for one year.

For more information:

Bow Ponkerd or Debi Goodwin  at 615.547.1364, or email to