New performing arts summer camp in Winters

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By Linda Glick

A new summer performing arts camp that provides music and dramatic arts experiences for children of all ages is being offered in Winters. Families seeking music and theater arts experiences for their children need to look no further; they will no longer be referred outside of Winters.

In January, a group of five families and Robbin Buford, a new music teacher hired by the district, met because they were concerned about a lack of opportunities in the arts in Winters.  After the group met with the schools, and gathered community interest, the Winters Performing Arts Camp was designed.

The Winters Theatre company devoted its Big Day of Giving effort to raising funds for the camp.

The Winters Participation Gallery has agreed to be the sponsoring non-profit agency for the program.

And the Winters School District agreed to offer Waggoner Elementary School to house the camp.

Now the camp is set in motion.

This camp wants to reach all families, including those who may not have the means to attend. Statistics shows that 60-75 percent of Winters school children, qualify for free or reduced lunches. Winters Performing Arts Camp would offer  performing arts opportunities to young people of all ages, intellectual abilities, diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. The belief is that the arts are a powerful catalyst, inspiring growth, learning and development in individuals. Lessons which utilize music, drama and movement to promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and communicative development will be used. The purpose is to spark children’s curiosity and expand their appreciation for all types of music and theater.

During the months of June and July the camp will expose children to professional instrument, vocal, and theatrical arts instruction. All levels of experience are welcomed.

Buford, will be the camp director and administer. Buford is a highly qualified and talented teacher.  She is a certified music therapist with a graduate degree in Music Studies of Clinical Improvisation from Julliard School of Music.  Winters is very lucky to have her. Buford has worked as a concert producer and arts camp director across the United States and internationally. She comes with a wealth of experience in music and theater production.  Her passion is making music with others and bringing out the best in each person.

Camp Main Stage

June 10 – July 3

1:30-5 p.m.

Ages 5-17

Rotating  group classes in piano, guitar, percussion, theater and movement

Each session will accommodate 30 campers.

Session 1 June 10-21       Cost: $250

Session 2 June 24-July 3  Cost: $200


Baby and Me Music Camp

July 1-3

10:00 am to 12:00.

Ages 2-4

10 am to 11 and/or 11 to 12

Cost:    $30 for 3 one hour sessions

This program will accommodate 10 toddlers/preschoolers and their parent(s).  Children will discover their voices, manipulate instruments, and experience rhythm and movement activities. They will be introduced to the joy of making music along with his/her parent or caretaker.

Camp University

July 8-19

Ages 5-17

Session 1:  July 8-12

Session 2   July 15-19

Cost:   $100 per session

Weekly 2-hour sessions from 1:00 -3:00 and/or from 3:00 -5:00pm. Each session will accommodate 8 campers.  Class emphasis will be a more intensive focus on guitar, piano, dance/theater, percussion, or voice in small groups.

 For new aspiring musicians and performers from low-income families to participate in the 2019 summer a sliding scale tuition/equipment assistance fund will be created.  This will be based on the State of California poverty level guidelines. This fund will be continually augmented through fundraisers, donations, and other potential foundation funding, allowing all young performers to participate. The goal would be to accommodate 50% of the campers with partial to full camperships.

Applications are available at Waggoner Elementary School, Shirley Rominger, Winters Middle School and at Winters City Hall.

For more information call 530-349-1829 or email


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