Romania: Music Camp International (MCI)
The Glenn Korff School of Music’s Lisabeth Wissink traveled to Romania to observe and document Music Camp International (MCI) as part of her research project.
Wissink, a music education major, was observing and documenting MCI, a music camp program for underprivileged children, located in both Romania and Ukraine. Her project is titled “Transforming a Life with Music: An Exploration of Music Camp International, a Children’s Program.”
“The camp really works to transform children’s lives,” Wissink said. “It teaches them discipline, it teaches them collaboration. So not only does it teach them music, but it helps them improve other areas of their life.”
MCI conducts one-week music camps that include both choir and instrumental classes. In countries that have traditionally limited high quality music opportunities, MCI specializes in working with the disadvantaged, orphans and children with special needs. At the end of the week-long camp, a concert is presented on a major concert stage with the accompaniment of local symphony orchestras and professional musicians.
While in Romania, Wissink conducted interviews with students and faculty at the camp and recorded different aspects of the camp, including rehearsals, classes and the final concert.