Cumberland University

Summer Camps

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Suzuki Camp 

July 25-29 1pm-5pm 
Ages 5 & up

Tuition $300 plus $25 Registration Fee

A concentrated week of Suzuki instruction for Level I - IV players with Thornton Cline and other Suzuki specialist instructors. Some instruction needed before beginning camp. Techniques, music theory & different genres of music will be explored. The students will enjoy crafts and games through out the week as well and present a concert on the last day of the camp. Snack is provided.


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 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 double Master's degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Belmont University and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from West Virginia University. Veronica has performed at such famed venues as the Ryman auditorium, and the Schermerhorn Symphony center and has made numerous television appearances including performances on ABC’s “Nashville” and the Country Music Awards with Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill. She is a founding member of the Corwin Trio, a string group which performs at weddings and corporate events throughout the Nashville area. In addition to performing, Veronica teaches a growing studio of violin/viola students in Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. She serves as an adjunct violin and viola instructor at Welch College and has served on the faculty of the Cumberland Arts Academy Suzuki Summer Camp since 2011. Veronica has the benefit of a strong classical education as well as a varied cultural and stylistic background in Celtic, Country and fiddle music. She grew up playing Bluegrass/gospel music in her family's band and fell in love with fiddle music of all kinds at a young age. She has taught at various fiddle workshops in Nashville and currently directs the performing group “Fiddlesticks” at Donelson Christian Arts Academy. Veronica is deeply passionate about teaching music and enjoys sharing her love of classical and fiddle music with students and audiences.

Avery Bright

Avery bright began playing the violin at age four. His early training was under the Suzuki method, and he spent his high school years studying with Dr. Sam McClure. His higher education includes a bachelor's of music in violin pedagogy from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois, and a master's of music from Belmont University in commercial violin styles. While at Wheaton, he studied with Dr. Lee Joiner, and later at Belmont with Elisabeth Small, both pupils of Dorothy Delay.

In addition to his classical training, Avery grew up playing traditional fiddle tunes. Today Avery's music continues to feature both his classical training as well as his bluegrass roots. Some of his original work blends advanced classical technique with traditional bluegrass heart in a beautiful signature style.

Avery has been able to share the stage with a variety of artists, including Steven Curtis Chapman, Bela Fleck, Laura Bell Bundy, Neil Sedaka, Kansas, Ray Price, and the Cherokee Cowboys, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Selah, Matthew West, Nicole Nordeman, and modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty among others.


Phoenix Playhouse Theatre Camp 

July 11-15 8:30am-12:30pm
*Special Performance Friday July 15 at 12:00 pm*
grades K-5

Tuition $125 plus $25 registration fee

Theme for 2016: The Wizard of Oz

Students will be exposed to the basics of theatre including stage presence, stage direction and audition techniques. They will experience both theatre & musical theatre genres.  At the end of the program, students will present a variety show consisting of monologues, scenes, songs & dances. Snack is provided.



Rising Phoenix Theatre Camp 

July 18-29
1:30pm - 5:30pm 
Camp Performance Dates: July 29th at 7:00pm and July 30th at 7:00pm
grades 6-12

Tuition: $250 plus $25 registration fee

Show: "All the Great Books, Abridged" written by: The Reduced Shakespeare Company

An inclusive theatre camp for grades 6-12.  Students will explore all aspects of theatre including audition preparation, set, lighting and costume design, marketing, make up, directing and, of course, acting!  Auditions will be held during the first week for a full play to be presented at the end of the camp.  Snack is provided.



Cumberland Ceramics Camp 

June 13-17  9am-12pm
grades 7-12

Tuition: $300 plus $25 Supply Fee

Learn correct pottery throwing and wheel techniques from our ceramics specialist Scott McRoberts.  Explore wheel work, throwing, glazing and firing techniques in the week long course. This course is for the future artist who wants to expand their portfolio or the student who would just like to learn a new craft. Snack is provided.