Summer Camps and Activities 2022: Creative Music Center to Host Jazz and Beatl

Posted: Apr 09, 2022 8:00 AM

MONROE – Creative Music Center, 701 Main Street, will bring young musicians together for its next two summer camps.

Kate Rich, Vice President/General Manager of the Creative Music Center, shared that they are once again offering their Jazz Camp for ages 10-17.

The Jazz Camp will take place from June 22 to July 6 on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a six-week program, and we’ll have one last performance,” she said. “They will work on improvisation, theory and harmony. One thing we want to encourage is for it to be a rewarding and fun experience for musical growth.

Anthony Pellegrini will return as the camp instructor. He is a local musician who currently plays with the Elm City Big Band, Rock This Town Orchestra and a Nordic Sound Jazz.

Rich noted, “Anthony will be using an iReal app for instruction…it gives real leads to real songs, so they can keep going and practicing long after camp. Anthony will explain to them how to use the app. It’s a great tool.

The second camp offered by Creative Music Center is its new week-long Beatles Camp for ages 10-17.

The Beatles Camp will run from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will be required to bring their own lunch and drink each day.

“The collaborative class will teach our young musicians how to perform some of the classic Beatles hits, while learning the art of stage presence and delivering the songs with bandmates,” said Rich.

Francesco Perrouna will lead the Beatles Camp.

According to the Creative Music Center’s director of music education, Phyllis Cortese, “Francesco holds a degree in fine arts and jazz studies from Amherst College and is a former music teacher at the Fairfield School of Rock. .”

Creative Music Center continues to adhere to COVID guidelines and practices social distancing and hand sanitizing.

Both camps will take place at the Creative Music Center and, weather permitting, will take place outdoors in a tent. If campers must be indoors, they have bell covers for instruments.

“We want to ensure the safety of all our students. It’s a big priority for us,” said Rich.

How to register

Since Creative Music Center serves many cities, its Jazz Camp and Beatles Camp are both open to residents of any city.

Students will need to bring their own instrument to play, as well as any equipment they like to practice with. Amplifiers will be provided.

To qualify, Rich said, “We’re looking for a one-year experience, but there’s no audition.”

Those interested in registering for either or both camps can call 203-261-7301, email or visit

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Creative Music Center staff teacher and jazz professional Anthony Pellegrini, far left, stands with Jazz Camp 2021 students during their outdoor public concert. This year, the camp returns on Wednesday evenings from June 22 to July 6. —photo courtesy Mike Reisman

Ada J. Kenney