TACOMA – For many teachers, the summer months are a treasured respite from the classroom and a time to plan new lessons or seek out professional development opportunities. For one Tacoma teacher however, it’s also an opportunity to inspire and shape a new generation of rock ‘n roll musicians.
Rafe Wadleigh is the Director of Middle and Upper School Choral programs at Charles Wright Academy. It’s that love of music, performing, and teaching that motivated him to develop a Teen Rock Camp and his summer gig as the camp’s director. Over the course of five days, young musicians from across the region, all of varying musical abilities, will work with professional musicians as they hone their craft in the studio and on stage.
First founded in 2010, the camp continues to grow in popularity. Despite increasing demand, Wadleigh insists on limiting enrollment to ensure a meaningful experience saying, “My goal is to shepherd the campers toward that sense of elation and emotional abandon that occurs on stage with like-minded musicians all striving for the same feeling. It’s magic!” To learn more about Teen Rock Camp visit www.charleswright.org/
Based on the campus of prestigious Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Teen Rock Campers spend their days in the recording studio and performance spaces of the school’s Language and Performing Arts Center. The camp also features daily workshops and performances by professional musicians. The 2013 Rock Camp lineup includes: The Nadine’s, rapper Whikid, Kings Ransom, Goat, Berklee guitar alum Charlie Shaughnessy and Seattle drummer Ethan Cudaback. Teen Rock Camp then culminates with a live concert where students perform before an audience.