Middle-school age students in central Oklahoma do not currently have a summer orchestral camp opportunity. While great organization such as Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain provide superb arts-education to high school students during the summer and local universities provide instrument-specific intensives, younger students are not offered a similar experience to continue challenging their music education during the summer months in an ensemble setting.
Designed as a summer day-camp experience for students grades 6 through 9, Summer Symphony Strings allows students to make new friends, work as a team and use their creative skills while making music with friends from all over central Oklahoma. During the week-long camp, students work with nationally renowned string educators who push their skills while creating an enjoyable music-making environment. Students receive one-on-one instruction during sectionals with some of Oklahoma's finest music educators. These sectional coaches travel with their students throughout the day to provide proximity assistance to the conductors and build bonds with their students. The camp is comprised of two orchestras (totally 75-100 students each) who work daily in full-rehearsal and sectionals as well as recreational team building activities. The camp culminates in a Friday night performance for family and community members that celebrates their achievements during camp.
Jason Edward Grife is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras; an organization dedicated to the education and development of student musicians throughout the state. Jason is an innovative and energetic nonprofit professional with diverse learning experiences which provide the resources and skills necessary to navigate today’s challenging nonprofit environment. He is also the former music director at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and the Sooner Theatre in Norman.
As the former Director of Community Relations for Canterbury Choral Society and Manager of Leadership Annual Gifts for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Jason has successfully increased individual giving, integrated marketing and fundraising efforts, and sophisticated development practices through board engagement, donor stewardship and organizational stability. He also has over five years experience managing summer programming and performing arts academies with the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and Oklahoma City University. Jason’s personal philosophy centers on actively engaging clients and donors to create a genuine relationship with the mission while remaining strong and credible as a vibrant organization.
A native Ohioan, Jason holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Conservatory at Baldwin-Wallace University and Master of Music in conducting from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. He also served as the Legislative Affairs Chair for the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oklahoma Chapter.
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Allied Arts represents and supports 26 local arts groups in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas and serves as the advocate for central Oklahoma's arts and cultural community.
Founded in 1971 as Oklahoma's only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts champions the arts by:
Mobilizing critical resources to foster the dynamic growth of the arts
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