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Howard County Recreation & Parks offers music & theater arts programs, workshops and camps year-round.

Music programs and camps include culture; drums; guitar; hand drumming; keyboard; music foundations; music production; piano and vocals. Programs are offered to students at all levels of play. Programs and camps allow students to work individually as well as part of a group to improve their skills.

Theater programs and camps range from one-day workshops to full scale productions that include lights, sound, set and props. Programs and camps allow students to work individually as well as part of a group. Students enrolled in theater programs and camps audition for parts and most, if not all students, have the opportunity to get more than one part per production.  

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Camps

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

 

Music

Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.


Music Explorers Camp (3-8 yrs)

Each week, Olenka School of Music focuses on different music themes while exploring basic musicianship with keyboards and a variety of percussive instruments. Campers engage in a full range of playful, educational activities including singing, dancing, basic keyboarding, notation and rhythm elements, instrument exploration, music creativity and composition, art, and literature. Family and friends are invited to a performance extravaganza on the final day of camp! (Please pack a nut-free snack, lunch, drinks and a change of clothes for your child daily.) $30 cash/check for materials due to OSM on the first day of camp. Please note, this camp is offered for ages 3-8. Campers are combined when appropriate and separated by age/skill level as necessary.


Creative Songwriting Lab at Olenka School of Music (6-8 yrs)

Did you know the main shark theme from “Jaws” is a simple, alternating pattern of two notes that became a classic piece of suspense music? Learn to generate and develop ideas into original compositions suitable for performance. Instructor introduces basic music-building patterns and melodic themes to assist campers in thinking creatively, building melodies, and writing accompanying lyrics. Prior music experience helpful, but not necessary. $30 cash/check for materials due to OSM on the first day of camp. 


Rock! Camp (6-17 yrs)

Be a rock star for a week! Learn vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards from real rock musicians. Morning clinics in musicianship, equipment knowledge, marketing and promotion are followed by afternoon lessons and rehearsals. Camp culminates with a live performance on Friday for parents and friends. Guitar and bass students should have electric instruments. Keyboards and drums provided. Drummers, bring drum sticks and practice pad. Supplies and learning books provided.


Rock! Camp- Girls Rock Week! (6-17 yrs)

Be a rock star for a week! Learn vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards from real rock musicians. Morning clinics in musicianship, equipment knowledge, marketing and promotion are followed by afternoon lessons and rehearsals. Camp culminates with a live performance on Friday for parents and friends. Guitar and bass students should have electric instruments. Keyboards and drums provided. Drummers, bring drum sticks and practice pad. Supplies and learning books provided.


Music Performers Camp: Rock ‘Til U Drop (8-15 yrs)

Each week, campers engage in activities including basic keyboarding, basic guitar, vocal performance, musical theater exercises, basic songwriting, notation, rhythm and more! Prior music experience not necessary. Bring your own guitar or contact OSM for $25 guitar rental. Family and friends are invited to a performance on the final day of camp! (Please pack a nut free snack, lunch and drinks for your child daily.) $30 cash/check for materials due to OSM on the first day of camp.

 

Keyboards/Piano/Guitar

Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.


Learn Now Music: Ultimate Music Camp (5-12 yrs)

Learn Now Music introduces a variety of musical instruments and concepts including piano, guitar, violin, drums, voice and movement. Campers participate in musical games, crafts, musical listening excerpts and related projects. At the beginning of the week, each camper is issued a t-shirt and camp bag. Free instrument rentals are provided to borrow for in-camp use and at-home exploration (rental agreement must be signed). Instruments must be returned at the end of the week. Campers in both morning and afternoon sessions are supervised during a lunch break. All campers should bring a non-perishable, nut-free snack and drink daily; full-day campers should also bring a non-perishable, nut-free lunch.


Guitar Studio at Olenka School of Music (6-8 yrs)

Learn valuable guitar warm-ups and finger exercises, scales and how to apply basic chords to any song, in any style of music. Prior music knowledge not required. Bring your own guitar or rent from OSM for $25. Students showcase their progress at a final end-of week performance. $30 cash/check for materials due to OSM on the first day of camp.


Beginning Guitar Camp (9-11 yrs)

Each camp day is usually broken into 2-3 parts. At the beginning of the day, receive group instruction and/or resources for the day and then break out into groups according to skill level to practice and explore various songs and musical ideas. Receive individual instruction on learning songs, chords, scales, improvising, reading music and playing in an ensemble. All instruction is in accordance with your skill level. The last day of class is a performance - family & friends are welcome! Bring your own guitar, acoustic preferred.


Advanced Guitar Camp (9-11 yrs)

 ***A prerequisite for this camp is the ability to read TAB, basic rhythms, and open-position chords. Spend each day improving your musical reading skills; learning improvisation techniques and scales for soloing; learning advanced chords and rhythms; and performing a variety of music in solo and ensemble settings. On the last day of class, perform in a brief concert - family & friends are welcome. 

Vocals
Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov.

Singing Stars Camp (6-8 yrs)
Does your child love to sing? Here’s a chance to develop his/her star potential! Students, learn a variety of popular songs spanning several genres. Focus is on successfully learning lyrics and singing as part of an ensemble as well as experimenting with independent solo performance. Young singers learn Solfege (do-re-mi), vocal exercises & warm-ups, note value, pitch and Explore music creativity with various instruments and exercises at Music Performers Camp. Find the early bird and save 10% - see page 3 for details. SUMMER CAMPS 2018 39 practice ear training to improve singing skills and learn to sing in tune. Singers show off their star power in a performance at the end of the week. $30 cash/check for materials due to OSM on the first day of camp.

Vocal Starz Camp at Olenka School of Music (6-8 yrs)
Aspiring vocalists sharpen performance skills by learning from professional performers! Campers, collaborate with fellow vocalists to develop polished, emotive performances of popular music selections enhanced with basic choreography. Focus is on successfully interpreting lyrics, performing with feeling & conviction, and singing as part of an ensemble. Students improve overall consistency and accuracy with vocal exercises, warm-ups, and ear training. $30 cash/check for materials due to OSM on the first day of camp.

Vocal Camp with Rebecca Rosello (9-14 yrs) 

Come sing on stage! Our summer vocal camp reviews basic breathing techniques, proper singing posture, note-names and common music notation in the context of a performance camp. Enjoy the opportunity to perform monologues, work together in a group (chorus) and perform a solo! Practice acting through the study of stage pieces from Broadway and classical genres. Final day includes a performance of the group and each student performs a solo in front of an audience. Gather your courage and bring your enthusiasm!


Theater Arts

Info: Karen Ehler, 410-313-4635 or kehler@howardcountymd.gov.


Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Drama Momma & Me (6 mo-3 yrs)

Stories are brought to life unlocking your child's acting tools of songs, movement, and imagination in this 45-minute class. Join our experienced directors in encouraging your child's natural ability to engage in dramatic play. Each parent/guardian must stay with their budding thespian to help them through the activities and crafts. The structure of each class is the same however the topics and themes differ. 


Broadway Babies Drama with Drama Learning Center (3-5 yrs)

Summer fun happens on the stage! Campers, learn singing, dancing, and acting skills while exploring a different theme each week. Camp culminates with a short showcase performance on Friday (which incorporates props you created). Visit website for full description of each section.


Best of Broadway Camp with Drama Learning Center 

Back by popular demand at Drama Learning Ctr with all new songs: Learn about Broadway through the ages as you explore songs and scenes made popular on the boards of the Great White Way. Have a blast working on singing, dancing, and acting before you head back to school! Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly.

 

Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Superhero and Princess Power (3-6 yrs)

Become a super hero or princess in this fun-filled week! Play games, hear stories, learn songs, complete crafts, and practice on stage! Bring your costume on the last day of camp and celebrate with karaoke and a cast party! Camps are directed by experienced educators. Bring an art smock, nonperishable lunch, drink, and nut-free snack. $ 10 Materials fee is due at the first class.


Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Standing O Aftercare (3-16 yrs)

Don’t let the fun end! Don’t stress about pick-up! Extend your hours with Schoolhouse Theater Arts Standing Ovation aftercare from 3-6pm. Must have a minimum of five registrants.


Schoolhouse Theater Arts: The Three Little Pigs (4-6 yrs)

So you want to act? Join us for this 2-week full day camp! Come meet new friends, see old friends, learn drama skills, create crafts, learn songs, and then perform for your family and friends on the last day of camp (schedules with times are provided on the first day of camp)! Camps are directed by certified teachers and assisted by enthusiastic counselors (who were former campers). Cold auditions are held on the first day of camp; preparation is not necessary. Shows may feature double casts to allow campers to make the most of their drama camp experience. Bring a non-perishable lunch and snack (no nut products), three-ring binder, and a paint smock. $20 materials fee is due at the first class (cash only).


Endless Summer Fun with Drama Learning Center (Grades K-2 & 3-6)

Back by popular demand! Celebrate everything we love about summer in a fun-filled, action-packed week of drama camp. Bring a nonperishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly.


On Stage Performance Camp with Drama Learning Center: Annie Kids (Grades K-2, Grades 3-5)

It's the hard knock life for us! Everyone's favorite orphan returns to the DLC stage in a one act show that's sure to make the sun come out this summer. Campers, improve their acting, singing, and dancing skills as they work together as a theatrical team. Camp culminates in two final performances (Please note: sections may combine based on registration numbers) For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please

contact DLC directly. $55 materials fee due the first day of camp (check only).

 

Superstars on Stage with Drama Learning Center (Grades K-5)

Our Superstars shine bright on stage this summer! Act out songs and scenes with Uma, Evie, Mal, Carlos, Jay, and friends during our Descendants: Rotten to the Core camp. Can't Stop the Feeling? Then join Poppy and Branch on a singing and dancing journey to happiness during Trolls week. If you need to escape the heat, all your favorite residents of Arendelle are excited to take you on a Frozen Adventure. Ready for your adoring fans? Create a pop star persona and perform songs by Jojo Siwa, Tori Kelly, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and more during an all new DLC Pop Stars Sing week! Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly.

 

Production Camp with DLC: Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (Grades 1-5)
Perform in a musical while working as a theatrical team. Elementary students travel down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland! Tuition also includes a walking field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag. Camps culminates in four final performances. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly. $60 materials fee due the first day of camp (cash or check).

Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Sports and Shorts (6-9 yrs, 10-14 yrs)

You can have fun being both the athlete and the actor! Skills and teamwork are the focus of this one-week camp. Mornings are spent playing a variety of team sports (soccer and kickball) while the afternoon focus is team work in theater. Learn that it takes a cohesive team working together to make it BIG! Have an opportunity to perform a short scene, monologues, or musical numbers on the last day of camp. Camps are directed by experienced educators. Bring a bag lunch, water bottle, and a nut-free snack. $10 Materials fee is due at the first class.

 

Shakespeare Kids (6-9 yrs, 10-13 yrs)

Have a blast this summer learning Shakespeare with members of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company! Acting Shakespeare is made fun and easy and is done just as they did it in Shakespeare’s day - in the great outdoors. Each section ends with a short Friday afternoon performance for friends and family. Bring a reusable water bottle, snack and lunch each day (no peanut products). Fee covers T-shirt and additional materials. Discounted rate for week of July 2. Info: Ron Heneghan, 410-244-8570 X113 or heneghan@chesapeakeshakespeare.com, or Caitlin Chamberlain, 410-313-0420 or cchamberlain@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Recess (7-9 yrs)

So you want to act? Join us for this 2-week full day camp! Meet new friends, see old friends, learn drama skills, create crafts, learn songs and then perform for your family and friends on the last day of camp (schedules with times are provided on the first day of camp)! Camps are directed by certified teachers and assisted by enthusiastic counselors (who were former campers). Cold auditions are held on the first day of camp; preparation is not necessary. Shows may feature double casts to allow campers to make the most of their drama camp experience. Bring a non-perishable lunch and snack (no nut products), three-ring binder, and a paint smock. $20 Materials fee is due at the first class (cash only).

 

Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Lion King, Jr. (10-16 yrs)

So you want to act? Join us for this 2-week full day camp! Meet new friends, see old friends, learn drama skills, create crafts, learn songs and then perform for your family and friends on the last day of camp (schedules with times are provided on the first day). Camps are directed by certified teachers and assisted by enthusiastic counselors (who were former campers). Cold auditions are held on the first day of camp; preparation is not necessary. Shows may feature double casts to allow campers to make the most of their drama camp experience. Bring a non-perishable lunch and snack (no nut products), three-ring binder, and a paint smock. $20 Materials fee is due at the first class (cash only).


Theatre Design 101 with Drama Learning Ctr (Grades 6-12)

Do you have an artistic eye and want to learn more about the theatre design process? Let your creativity shine in this week of camp! As you help paint the sets for our summer camp productions, you'll also conceptualize your own design element for an upcoming show, learn about stage management, props, running crew, costume design, and the tech booth. Those seeking additional experience have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer stage crew shifts for productions in August. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly. $25 materials fee due the first day of camp (cash or check).


Musical Theatre Master Class Drama Learning Center (Grades 6-12)

Work with industry professionals to take your singing, dancing, and acting to the next level. Ace that next audition and learn to pick material with confidence! Hone techniques and complete the week with a new audition package, an updated theatrical resume, and a professional headshot. Have ideas for pieces you'd like to perform? Bring them along or let us make suggestions. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp t-shirt, please contact DLC directly.

 

Premiere Performers with Drama Learning Center: Les MisОrables School Edition (Grades 6-12)
Dream a dream with DLC. One of the most beloved musicals of all time comes to life on the stage this summer. Explore the complex story of Les Mis.rables School Edition while working on character development, vocal technique, and ensemble theatre skills. In addition to rehearsing for the performance, participate in master classes with industry professionals on audition preparation, improvisation, and more. Camp culminates in four final performances. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly. $75 Materials fee due the first class (Cash or check only).

 

Production Camp with Drama Learning Center: Legally Blonde, Jr. (Grades 6-12)

Perform in a musical while working as a theatrical team. Middle/High School students join Harvard's beloved blonde on a journey of selfempowerment in Legally Blonde, Jr! Tuition also includes a walking field trip to Shadowland Laser Tag. Camps culminates in four final performances. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly. $60 materials fee due the first day of camp (cash or check only).

 

Director In Training Week with Drama Learning Center (Grades 7-12)

Learn about theatre directing during hands-on morning workshops, and then apply the skills. You've learned each afternoon while assisting camp directors with younger students as they do scene work, music, and choreography. Interested Directors-in-Training have the opportunity to apply for Counselor-in-Training positions at the conclusion of the week. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly.

 

Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Set it Up (11-16 yrs)

Did you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes in a production? Join us for this 1-week full day camp! Design and build sets for our summer camp production and then work as the tech crew during the performance. Certified Teachers supervise/direct camps. Bring a non-perishable lunch and snack (no nut products) and a paint smock. $10 materials fee is due at the first class (cash only).


Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Try Outs! (11-16 yrs)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to audition and get your ideal role? Have you ever heard of the triple threat? Well, learn tips from experienced actors. Each session focuses on specific techniques, strategies, and skills such as vocals, choreography, and resumes. On the last day, you can practice what you’ve learned by auditioning for STA’s award-winning Traveling Actors!


Schoolhouse Theater Arts: Write On! (11-16 yrs)

Do you have the perfect plot locked in your thoughts? Are your creative juices flowing? Do you need an outlet for your imagination? Turn your visions into vines and let them grow, flow, and Write On! In this one-week camp, write a monologue or join with others to create an Original Scene. After writing your script, create your props, rehearse, and perform your monologue or scene on the last day of camp. Camps are directed by experienced educators. Bring an art smock, binder, non-perishable lunch, drinks, and nut-free snack. $10

materials fee is due at the first class (cash only).

 

Cosplay Creations with Drama Learning Center (Grades 6-12)

Accomplished NYC-based Cosplay artist Ms. Sarah P is back by popular demand! Do you have a favorite character whose persona you’ve always dreamed of embodying, or imagined a new character in your mind that you want to bring to life? Students learn about costume design and creation, special effects make-up, character development, mask-making, and more! Whether you fancy dressing up at the Renaissance Festival, or prefer to make a strong showing at a local convention, this camp gives you the skills to shine during your next character appearance! $50 materials fee due the first day of camp. Bring a non-perishable lunch, snack (no nut products), and a reusable water bottle. For optional add-ons such as extended care, lunch package, or camp T-shirt, please contact DLC directly.

 

Pre-K

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online

 

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Youth

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online

 

Check back soon for fall programs.

Tween & Teens

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online

 

Check back soon for fall programs.

Adults

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online

For more info: Karen Ehler, Recreation Coordinator: 410-313-4635 or KEhler@howardcountymd.gov

Full listing of current Adult Programs (18 yrs +): https://www.howardcountymd.gov/adultprograms 

Inclusion Services

Howard County Recreation and Parks strives to make programs available to all individuals with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Inclusion Services provides a variety of supports to individuals with disabilities who choose to participate in any recreation program or class offered by the department. Inclusion accommodations may include financial assistance, accessibility, companions, additional training, medical, and interpretive services for the deaf or hearing impaired.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for general recreation programs of their choice. Howard County Recreation and Parks Department has developed an inclusion process to better accommodate citizens with disabilities. To ensure that we meet your program needs, please call 410-313-4628 or 410-313-4708 at least two weeks before the program begins.

The Inclusion Process:
Look through the brochure and find a class or program you like.
Register for the program. Let us know what you need to participate on the registration form or when you call to the person taking the registration.
Examples may include effective communication for the deaf or hearing impaired, improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, companions, accessible equipment and facility features, and/or individualized planning for program or class participation. 
Therapeutic Recreation Staff will contact you to discuss strategies for inclusion and to offer an opportunity to share additional accommodation information. You will be asked to complete this confidential survey to help us better serve you.
Each request is assessed on an individual case by case basis. Additional information may be needed to address the request.
Modifications or accommodations will be made as needed.

Companion Services are not guaranteed.

Come live, learn, and choose your fun!

 

Contact Us

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.

 

Preschool & Youth Music: Scott Corning, Recreation Coordinator: 410-313-4622 / SCorning@howardcountymd.gov

Preschool & Youth Theater: Melissa Calleri, Recreation Supervisor: 410-313-4721 / mcalleri@howardcountymd.gov

Tween & Teen: Holly Harden, Recreation Manager: 410-313-4625 / hharden@howardcountymd.gov

Adult Classes & Theater Camps: Karen Ehler, Recreation Supervisor: 410-313-4635 / kehler@howardcountymd.gov

Music Camps: Holly Harden, Recreation Manager: 410-313-4625 / hharden@howardcountymd.gov

 

Financial Assistance is available by application on an individual basis. Please call 410-313-4659 for details.