The Otis Music Camp Goes Digital!

The Otis Redding Foundation will go digital with Otis Music Camp 2.0. The virtual experience will be held June 8-12, with the continued mission of enhancing and motivating young minds in music and the arts. 

To ensure that kids do not miss out on the immersive music camp due to COVID-19, ORF has released its latest update of the camp, OMC 2.0. This version will feature group vocal warm-ups, master class presentations and access to their own home studio using the platform Soundtrap.

Students will have access to industry professionals such as: Flint Dollar, Jayme Alilaw, Kimberly Epps, Vinson Muhammad and more. Master classes from Universal Music and Concord Music Groups will give campers career tips on branding, songwriting, collaborating and protecting their work.

“We are excited to present the 2020 Otis Music Camp 2.0 during these difficult times. Moving to this platform allows the coaches and kids to collaborate and connect in entirely different ways while still maintaining the integrity of the camp.” said Karla Redding-Andrews, VP/Executive Director for the Otis Redding Foundation.

Camp registration is currently full. Parents and students are encouraged to sign-up for personalized virtual music lessons in voice, piano, guitar and engineering through the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts. Email foundation@otisreddingfoundation.org for more information.

FAQs

Browse through some of our more frequently asked questions about the Otis 2.0 Virtual Music Camp.

1. Can I view the Otis 2.0 information session?
Yes. The video is viewable at this YouTube link.

2. Who are our staff?
The full coach and staff bios can be viewed below.

3. What staff training and policies do you provide to ensure camper safety?
All camp coaches have been screened by the Foundation with background checks and have worked with Otis Redding Foundation programs. The sessions will all be recorded for reference, and every session will have at least two coaches monitoring questions and behavior. 

4. Do you choose your own classes?
All campers will be expected to take part in classes such as the daily vocal warm-ups, Georgia Artist of the Day, and daily Master Class sessions. Campers will then have the opportunity to take part in their choice of breakout sessions, advanced classes, music lessons, and more in the afternoon. 

5. What does a typical day look like?
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Vocal Warm Ups
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: GA Artist of the Day Podcast
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Break
10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.: Music Theory: Beginner & Intermediate
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Introduction to Master Class Subject
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Break/Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Master Class with Music Industry Professional
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Breakout sessions/Songwriting
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Wrap-Up
Camp ends at 4:00 p.m.

6. Is there financial aid available?
Scholarships, generously funded by Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, have already been awarded to campers. 

7. What is included in the price?
5 days of virtual masterclasses and instruction, access to state-of-the-art Soundtrap online collaborative recording platform for a year, an exclusive OMC 2.0 T-shirt and drawstring bag.

8. Will there be camp souvenirs?
Yes. Each camper will have an exclusive OMC 2.0 T-shirt and drawstring bag.

9. What should my camper bring to camp?

  • A device (laptop, iPad, tablet) with high speed internet connection, which they will have access to for the duration of camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Downloaded the BlueJeans app before camp and tested their video connection (at this link).
  • Logged into the Soundtrap website with the information sent to the email address they provided.
  • Access to their own email (which was provided to the Foundation) for the duration of camp.
  • Ideas, inspiration, and writing devices.

10. Will my child be able to interact with other children?
Yes. Campers will have the opportunity to collaborate with other campers on music they will write, perform, and record. The collaborations will take place in breakout sessions where there will be coach supervision at all times. 

Otis Music Camp Coaches

Brian Olson has been playing the guitar since he was 16 years old. Brian is self-taught on banjo, mandolin, and fingerstyle guitar. Brian has played in the orchestra for multiple Theater Macon shows and in venues around town with his wife, Georgia Olson.

Dawn Jackson’s family builds pedal steel guitars and other stringed instruments (Jackson Steel Guitar Company). She writes, records and produces music, and has a publishing company/indie record label called Sho-Bud Music. Her non-profit, Shine On Haiti, donates instruments and establishes music schools in Haiti.

Flint Dollar has been over music programs in almost every Christian Denomination. Flint completed his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana State University. He is currently Director of Choral Activities at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, Va.

Jayme Alilaw is a classically trained Soprano and U.S. Army veteran, with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has sung with the Atlanta Opera Chorus and performs community outreach for The Atlanta Opera and Capital City Opera. She teaches voice and piano lessons in Atlanta.

Joiterius (JT) Marshall is the Director of the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts and DREAM Team, as well as a graphic designer, singer/songwriter, worship leader, and minister in Macon. In 2015, Joiterius became the Worship Leader at Living Sanctuary Fellowship Church.

Josh Garner is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Macon. Josh has been singing and playing guitar for the last eight years and got his start in songwriting at the Otis Music Camp. He studied music at Jan Smith Studios and Berklee College of Music.

Justin Andrews is the Director of Special Projects & Outreach at the Otis Redding Foundation and the assistant camp manager for the Otis Music Camp. He serves on the boards of Macon Arts Alliance, Macon Film Festival, and Macon Pops (where he also serves as event coordinator).

Karla Redding-Andrews is the VP/Executive Director for the Otis Redding Foundation and co-founder of the Otis Music Camp. Karla is vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation board and serves on the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. 

Kimberly Kelsey Epps is a singer, actress, and songwriter who has starred in productions of Annie, The Wiz, and Freedom Theatre’s production of Sparkle. Epps has worked with Randy Jackson, Daryll Simmons, and more. Epps’ list of credits includes American Idol, Grammy Urban Music Award recipient, and one of Teen People’s Up and Coming Artists.

Leila Regan-Porter is the executive assistant at the Otis Redding Foundation. Leila is the president of the Bragg Jam board. She was editor of Southeast Performer, manager of Eddie’s Attic, and has written for Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, and Atlanta Magazine.

Matt Miller is a professional saxophonist. A graduate of New School University in New York City, with a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music, Matt has studied and performed with world-class musicians in New York City, Philadelphia, and Georgia. Matt currently teaches at Tapestry Public Charter School.

Saxton Keitt has been a part of Otis Music Camp for 10 years. Keitt plays the piano, bass, and drums. He has performed with Tye Tribette, JJ Hairston, Vashawn Mitchell, and Joe Pace. Keitt is a rising senior at Benedict College and plans to attend medical school and become a cardiovascular surgeon.

Vinson Muhammad, AKA ALäZ, is a graduate of Morehouse College and an award-winning artist, composer, and host. He has been featured by All Def Music, the Grammy Museum, and the Final Call. He has worked with Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, and Snoop Dogg.

Zach Wilson is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, where he majored in Music Performance with a concentration on Jazz Piano. Wilson has been playing piano since the age of five and was an Otis Music Camper for many years. He has served as a camp coach for the past five years.

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