News-Herald Provides Musical Inspiration For Campers – The Suffolk News-Herald

They say “Music makes the world go round” – well, it sure does this summer.

To inspire creativity in the Suffolk community, the Suffolk News-Herald has partnered with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts to provide scholarships for summer music camps to deserving students in Suffolk public elementary schools. With support from the Suffolk News-Herald, seven talented music students will experience a fun and immersive week of music camp creating lyrics, melodies, beats and more.

In early May, music teachers at Suffolk Public Primary School were asked to select a special pupil from their school to receive the Suffolk News-Herald music camp scholarship. Seven schools participated, naming seven talented music-loving campers to attend a week-long music camp from June 28 to July 2.

“It was such a wonderful experience to see the thought and support that the elementary music teachers at Suffolk Public School put into identifying their summer music camp nominations for the music scholarship. We are very grateful to them and the Suffolk News-Herald for providing this opportunity to these children, ”said Rick Byrd, director of education at the Suffolk Center.

The following students have received scholarships:

  • Christiana Peek is a fourth grade student at Nansemond Shores Elementary School. Nominated teacher Christopher Stadler said: “Christiana was selected for this award because of the love and enthusiasm she shows for music.”
  • Iyonna Edwards is a fifth grade student at Booker T. Washington Elementary. Nominating teacher Anedra Jones said, “Iyonna is a model music student.”
  • Carter Sykes is a third grade student at Oakland Elementary. Nominating teacher Rena Long said, “Carter shows real musical talent. He has his own keyboard and often composes personal works at home.
  • Eric Knight Jr. is in his third grade at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School. Teacher-nominator Karen Waddell said: “Eric is an extremely enthusiastic, energetic, well-behaved and attentive student with extreme musical aptitude.”
  • Corbin Greene is in third grade at Kilby Shores Elementary School. Nominating teacher Penny Key said, “Corbin has a general interest in music. He plays the violin and is a self-taught musician. He enjoys researching skills and composing his own music.
  • Owen Perkins is a fifth grade student at Hillpoint Elementary School. Teacher Nominator Mary Sensabaugh said: “I chose Owen for this scholarship because of his interest in music and he will be joining the orchestra next year.”
  • Landon Moody is a fifth grader at Florence Bowser Elementary School. Teacher Nominator Courtney DeBerry said, “I chose Landon for this scholarship because of his passion for music and the recorder.

It is not too late to register for the summer music camp. The music camp is open to everyone. You don’t have to be perfect; you just need the courage to share the music inside of you. Musical campers will interact with their peers and work with professional musicians to create and record music, play an instrument, craft an instrument, and learn about digital looping!

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts offers four exceptional 2021 summer camps in visual arts, music, theater and STEAM

The professional artists and musicians of Arts For Learning, the Virginia branch of Young Audiences,, provide immersive camp experiences, filled with creative instruction. Summer camps are offered for a week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., onsite at the Suffolk Center for children in grades 1 through 6 up and coming. The registration fee is $ 250 per week; discounts are available for families with multiple campers.

  • Arts camp: June 21-25
  • Musical camp: June 28 to July 2
  • Theater camp: August 2-6
  • STEAM Camp: August 9-13

Reserve a spot today! Registration is available online at or by phone at 757-923-0003, ext. 107. For more information, email Rick Byrd, SCCA Education Manager, at [email protected] The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is located at 110 W. Finney Ave., Suffolk.

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