MORROW — Clayton State University's Spivey Hall is offering a host of musical programs in June.

“Spivey Hall offers music-loving grown-ups and their kids two wonderful events this summer,” said Melanie Darby, Spivey Hall’s education manager. “The setting by the lake makes a beautiful backdrop for these events, both offering children and families a personal, interactive music experience. It’s close enough to the city that families can enjoy a day’s worth of musical fun but still sleep in their own beds at night.”

Spivey’s Summer Music Camp is a weeklong day camp for boys and girls entering grades four through seven from June 10 through 14. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care offered until 5 p.m.

The Summer Music Camp is intended for young people who enjoy making music with others and want to explore music in all its forms. Participation is open to students with and without previous music experience. The camp emphasizes total musical development through a broad range of activities and instruments: chorus, percussion, tone chimes, dance and piano. Campers will participate in group activities and games, meet new friends, and discover new talents, all culminating in a free public concert in Spivey Hall.

Limited spots are available for the summer camp; only 45 students will be accepted. Extended care is available. Registration is available online Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

Following the music camp, Spivey Hall will kicked off a three-day Summer World Music Festival June 25-27.

The celebration will feature cultural stories of Mexican Mariachi, the colorful dance of South Korea, the driving rhythms of Africa drums, the lively steps of German polka, the traditional folk songs of Romania and ending with the acoustic bluegrass sounds from Appalachia. In between concerts, festival-goers can enjoy DIY craft tables reflecting the cultures of the day and an “instrument petting zoo.” The Clayton State University Center will again this year offer a globally inspired menu and concert-goers can picnic by the lake before or after performances.

Each day of the festival features the music of two different countries and cultures: the first concert begins at 10:15 a.m. and the second concert begins at 12:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

June 25

Mariachi Atlanta celebrates a musical expression that dates back to at least 19th century Western Mexico. Mariachi goes beyond music; it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing (most recently charro suits) which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people.

“Colorful” is the best way to describe this offering from The Southeast Korean Dance Association.

Samulnori is based on Korean farmers’ traditional folk music involving lively rhythmic music performed in the open area of the villages with drums and gongs together with dancing.

June 26

Manga African Dance was founded to preserve, present and teach indigenous African cultural arts through dance, drums, fashion, drama, songs, and more. Manga’s high-energy repertoire exhibits cultural traditions from Western, Central, and Southern Africa.

Prepare to be transported to the fest halls of Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia during this performance. Polka music is a form of European dance music that originated in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. Led by famed Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski, The Georgia Polka Connection plays a fun blend of polkas, waltzes, and traditional European music.

June 27

Duo Pro Art (Livia and Mircea Boian) brings the traditional music of their native Romania alive. Concert-goers will hear Hungarian, Balkan, and Turkish influences as they lead you on a musical journey through a beautiful country. Their love of their country and their music shines through in every performance.

8th of January

Georgia band 8th of January is steeped in traditional and modern bluegrass tunes, original vocals and hard-driving instrumentals. Nominated for the Americana/Bluegrass GA Music Award in 2016, 8th of January plays with precision and soul, boasting a repertoire that includes selections from Old Crow Medicine Show, Alan Jackson and Bob Dylan, among others. High energy and highly engaging, this award-winning ensemble will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping. 

Tickets are $3 for individual concerts or $15 for all six at the door or online at

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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