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Registration open for music festival youth workshops

School is out, but the learning has just begun at the Lakes Area Music Festival. Audiences of all ages can experience music and the arts in a new way through the programs of the LAMF's 10th season, running Aug. 4-26.

Registration is open for Explore Music!, the festival's annual weeklong day camp for students entering grades 1-5. Now in its seventh year, the program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon July 30-Aug. 3 at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd.

Each day will be full of activities learning about music and the arts through numerous creative outlets including movement, dance, singing and playing instruments - all while exercising kids' creative muscles through guided improvisation.

Last year's camp sold out, so early registration is encouraged.

At the end of the camp, students will get to share what they have discovered with a performance preceding the Lakes Area Music Festival's family concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. This free concert, titled Carnival of the Animals, is designed to entertain audiences of all ages and will feature conductor Marlene Pauley leading an orchestra of world-class artists in musical storytelling by Camille Saint-Saens and Sergei Prokofiev.

A new program will be added this season for older students. ExplorePerformance is open to students entering grades 6-9 and will provide individualized performance-based training and stage presence experiences to students with an interest in any performing arts-related activities, including singing, playing an instrument, acting, public speaking and more.

Running Aug. 6-10, this program will help guide the skills of youth in presenting their art to a public audience.

Both music programs will be led by Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, New York, along with his team of teachers.

Need-based scholarships are available in order to ensure any student interested is able to attend. Ask about scholarships during registration.

The Explore programs are co-sponsored with Brainerd Community Education, with support from the Twin Cities Opera Guild and Bud and Cindy Bergrem. To register, visit lakesareamusic.org or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.

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