Singer / Songwriter Summer Workshop

Songwriting students at summer camp


Develop creative songwriting techniques and skills to add to your musical toolbox. Begin writing your own songs or learn to arrange and refine your existing works. Receive valuable performance tips and vocal training insights from experienced teaching artists. Students will present a coffeehouse-style performance of group and solo pieces at the end of the week!

Ages:  13 – 18 years
Dates:  July 24 – 28, 2017
Times:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Tuition:  $425
Location:  Mason Potomac Arts Academy Building in Fairfax


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Singer / songwriter students may also be interested in our Music Recording Camp, July 31 – Aug 4, 2017!


No Photo Available Songwriting/ Musicianship Instructor: Thomas Routon
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No Photo Available Vocal/ Presentation Instructor: Emi Eiting
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For the last 7 years Emi Eiting has been a high school choral director in Fairfax County, Virginia. She led 4 choirs, taught Music History and directed the school musical each year. Before her career in education, she had many years of fun in the theatre. She worked consistently as an actor, music director, pianist, and stage manager at a number of regional theatres around the country, spent some time singing on a cruise ship, and toured the country with a familiar children’s show before moving to Boston. In Boston she found a theatrical home with Speakeasy Stage Company with whom she worked on a number of shows including Songs for a New World, The Wild Party (LaChiusa), and Saturday Night. Emi has performed her solo cabaret show- ‘Standing in the Middle of the Road’ with Speakeasy Stage (Boston) and at Danny’s Skylight Room (New York). She has worked in New York with composers Jason Robert Brown, Lance Horne, Brian Lowdermilk and Scott Evan Davis. In November 2016 Emi performed as a solo artist at the Kennedy Center on a concert featuring the music of Scott Evan Davis. She left public education in 2016 to be a stay at home mother, but remains active as a freelance pianist, adjudicator, conductor, vocal coach and director. Emi holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from George Mason University. She has additional training in Musical Theatre from Interlochen Arts Program in Traverse City, MI.


Jesse Guessford Recording Studio Guest Composer/ Speaker: Jesse Guessford
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Dr. Jesse Guessford received a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University, a M.M. in Music Composition from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Guessford has studied composition with Andrew Simpson, Zack Browning, Sever Tipei, Warren Burt, Vinko Globokar, and Lucas Foss. His music has been heard throughout North America including performances during the SEAMUS Nation Conference, in Europe at the Etchings Festival in Auvilar, France, and in Africa on South African Radio. Dr. Guessford has received numerous awards including the Subito Grant for Emerging Composers awarded by the American Composer’s Forum. As an Associate Professor in the School of Music at George Mason University, Dr. Guessford has focused on the scholarship of teaching with and about technology and the music of John Cage. Dr. Guessford is also co-founding director of MMT (Music, Motion, Technology), a dance and music collective based in Northern Virginia creating new evening length works involving dancers, musicians, and interactive audio and visual technologies.



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