The Otis Music Camp Goes Digital!

The Otis Music Camp is going virtual for a second year with OMC 2.1!  The virtual camp will be held June 7-18, with the continued mission of enhancing and motivating young minds in music and the arts. ORF is again partnering with innovative companies such as BlueJeans by Verizon and SoundTrap to ensure campers will have the chance to learn from industry greats and record their own compositions.

Read more about OMC 2.0 and the special guests HERE.

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 kimberly@otisreddingfoundation.org for more information.

SCHEDULE 

Subject to Change

Monday, June 7
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 10:00: Welcome, Introductions, Genre selection, Coach assignments
10:00 – 10:30: Vocal Warm Ups (Jayme Alilaw, Kimberly Epps)
10:30 – 10:45: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:45 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 12:00: Group Breakouts, Discussion of song creations/collaborations or individual/Splitsheets (Kimberly Epps, Dawn Jackson, everyone)
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Tuesday, June 8
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Wednesday, June 9
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Virtual Tour of the Stax Museum
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Thursday, June 10
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Friday, June 11
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Master Class with
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Monday, June 14 – The Art of Songwriting sponsored by GEICO
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Virtual Tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Tuesday, June 15 –
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Master Class with
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Wednesday, June 16 –
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Thursday, June 17 –
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Master Class with
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Friday, June 18 –
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DJ Flint
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) –
10:00 -10:30: Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:30 – 11:30: Master Class with Surprise Guest
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch
12:00 – 2:30: Breakout Songwriting Sessions
2:30 – 2:45: Daily Pop Quiz
2:45 – 3:00: Wrap-Up

Otis Music Camp Coaches

Aniya Mitchell has been a camper and coach at the Foundation for seven years, and has been performing since she was a little girl. She is studying Business Management with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship at Georgia Southern University, where she is the Vice President for the Lambda Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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.

Jackson Griffith is self-taught in guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. At 16, he began writing songs and performing locally at open mic nights. He is on the music team at his church and has been part of the music team at the RUF campus ministry at Mercer University. His music is available through various platforms. 

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.

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.

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.

Zackeus “47 Royal Z” Barkley began playing instruments at the age of 4. In 2016, his transition from Miami, Florida to Macon, Georgia provided him with many opportunities to strengthen his musical abilities and network with other artists. The Otis Music Camp has given him a place to express his musical talents and find his sound.

Presenters

GA Artist of The Day Podcast

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