Summer Music Institute

Rocky Youth

Rocky's Youth Music Camp

Date: June 6-10, 2022

Cost: $50

Time: 9:00-12:00 PM

Day Camp Only: Grades 4-6

Camp Director: Mr. Ethan Ivey


Calling all boys and girls that love MUSIC! Join us for a week filled with singing, instrument play, music games, and other activities. All campers will explore their vocal potential, build their singing technique, and increase their confidence in singing during Rocky's Youth Music Camp Choir. Students will then select two sessions in which to participate; session options may include Introduction to Piano, Hand Chimes and Boomwhackers, Orff Instruments and Recorders, Drum Circle, and Ukulele. The week will conclude with the Rocky's Youth Music Camp Showcase, where students will perform their newly developed musical skills. Join us for this fun-filled musical experience!


Rocky's Youth Music Camp Instructors

  • Choir and Ukulele: Mr. Ethan Ivey
  • Drum Circle: Dr. Kevin Nichols
  • Orff Instruments: Dr. Ryan Aguirre


Rocky Choir Camp Director: Mr. Ethan Ivey


Drum Circle: Dr. Kevin Nichols

Kevin Nichols, Associate Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, teaches applied percussion and percussion methods course, coach jazz combos, and is the Drumline Instructor/Arranger for the Marching Leathernecks. Outside of WIU, he is active as a performer, director, clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest and Southwest.

Active as a performer, Dr. Nichols has supported such notable artists as Marie Osmond, Evelyn Glennie, David Amram, Jim Rattigan and the Turtle Island String Quartet. Additionally, he is a section percussionist, assistant timpanist, and drumset specialist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. In addition to section duties, he was the symphony’s featured percussionist on their performance of Darius Milhaud’s La Création du Monde and Aaron Copland’s Music for Theatre. Other symphonic performance accomplishments include University of Iowa Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and Galesburg Symphony Chorus.

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