Music camp planned in Stamford

Stamford — Space is still available for the Community Music and Arts Network Summer Jam Camp, to be held for two consecutive weeks from July 13-17 and July 20-24. This year’s modern music day camp for budding pop stars and wanna-be rock stars, ages 8-18, will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at RAG – 76 MAIN! in Stamford.
Applications can be obtained by calling Director Pamela West-Finkle at 607 326-4103 or e-mailing Two-week, one-week and one-day visitor rates are offered, but all jammers must be pre-registered—no drop offs will be accepted. Partial and full scholarships are also available if the student writes an essay on the role of music in his or her life.
“Jammers” will have access to professional musicians with decades of combined experience in many facets of the music industry. Pamela West’s celebrity co-director is 19-year-old guitar prodigy, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Matthew Curran. At age 11, Curran was the youngest guitarist ever to be sponsored by Gibson guitars. Since then, he has made numerous appearances on television, radio, film and national club venues opening for acts such as Dave Mason of Traffic, the Jeff Healy Band, Scorpions and others. He has recently released his first self-produced CD Simplify.
Also joining this year’s Summer Jam Camp staff are SUNY Oneonta‘s Jam Band Professor and professional drummer Joe Pignato, Catskill Mountain bluesmen and Hell Hounds members Mike Herman and John Gillespie, Geoff Samuels, John Holt and West’s husband and Diviner band mate, Theodore Finkle (aka Leland Door). There will also be several student interns and surprise guests throughout the two-week day camp.
In addition to the daily dose of instrumental and voice lessons, rehearsals, jam sessions, music industry clinics, songwriting and recording workshops, Jammers will be invited to a special Matthew Curran CD Release Party and concert, to be held at 7 p.m. at RAG 76 MAIN! in Stamford.
Then on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. the community is invited to share in the Summer Jam Camp Jambouree also at RAG 76 Main! This evening of music will feature original and cover songs written and learned by the camp groups, as well as impromptu jam sessions with camp instructors. Other local musicians are welcome to stop by and share their talents while providing a foundation for the developing improvisation skills of the jammers. The event is free, but donations for any of the Community Music & Arts Network youth music programs will be accepted.
The Community Music & Arts Network is an organization whose mission is to provide low cost and free music programs for geographically isolated and/or economically challenged youth. The CMA Network provides after school music lessons, all ages concerts, teen open mikes, showcases and performance opportunities for young developing bands in the Catskills region, and an intensely awesome Summer Jam Camp.
For more information about the camp, the schedule of events, or how you can contribute, please visit,, e-mail, or call Director Pamela West-Finkle at 607 326-4103.