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SCC to Hold Old-Time Music Camp


Surry Community College is excited to offer the 5th Annual Surry Old-Time Music Camp July 8 through July 12, 2024, on SCC’s campus in Dobson.

Surry County has an intact music culture that is passed down from generation to generation. The "old-time" music style of the Appalachian Mountains uses fiddle, banjo, and guitar as core instruments to create a unique folk music. Old-time music of the North Carolina and Virginia mountains date back to before the invention of sound recordings.

The camp features a week of music and fun led by the area's finest old-time and bluegrass musicians including Meredith Wilkerson and the Biscuit Eaters, Caroline Beverly, Adam and Mecca Lowe, Chester McMillian, Lucas Pasley, and more. The 5th Annual Surry Old-Time Music Camp brings back an excellent lineup of instructors, instrument classes, workshops, jams, and the opportunity for students ages 8 to 110 to learn an instrument or sharpen their skills.

Students may choose a primary instrument and skill level to study for the week. There will be beginner through advanced levels of lessons for the banjo, fiddle, and guitar.

Beginner students will participate in music fundamentals, singing, and dance workshops. Students will also have the opportunity to join in on jam sessions during the week. Additional sessions will be offered in singing, bass, mandolin, banjo styles, and advanced jam.

The cost for the week is $100 for youth ages 8-17 and $150 for adults 18 and up. Additional children will receive a $25 discount off the ticket price.

Youth scholarships may be available on a sliding scale. If needed, please inquire before you register.

Loaner instruments are available upon request. Please indicate this at the time of registration.

If you are interested in helping a youth attend camp this summer, you can contribute to the camp scholarship. To make your contribution online, visit Choose the donation option on the ticket to give any amount you choose.

You may also call (336) 386-3206 to make your payment over the phone. One hundred percent of your gift will fund youth scholarships for the Surry Old-Time Music Camp.

Light snacks are provided daily. Monday through Thursday, students can bring a packed lunch or bring money to purchase something at the Knights Grill. On Friday, camp students will be provided a pizza lunch before their concert.

Students with certain food allergies and dietary restrictions may need to bring their own food. Please inquire about lunch options if more information is needed.

To register, visit You may also register in-person by contacting Sherry White through email or by phone (336) 386-3399.

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