Saint Martin's offers summer learning fun for youth

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Lacey, Wash. - Saint Martin’s College welcomes students from elementary through high school age to campus this summer for a variety of fun and exciting learning opportunities. Programs are being offered this year in band, orchestra, science and engineering and several sports beginning in late June.

Band and orchestra students can improve their musical skills or learn a new instrument during the 2004 Summer Music Program, weekdays June 24 through July 9 (no class July 5). They’ll display their new skills at the program finale, a concert on July 9. The program is open to students entering third through 12th grades this fall. Classes - all one hour in length - are available to students of all skill levels, from beginners through advanced.

This year’s program has been expanded with new classes in introductory jazz fiddling; intermediate and advanced brass; intermediate and advanced flute; and beginning and intermediate/advanced percussion.

A seasoned faculty of area music teachers will lead the sessions. They include conductor, adjudicator, clinician and instrumental band teacher Greg Allison, Olympia School District; instrumental string teacher and Olympia Camber Orchestra concertmaster Mary Jo Rydholm, Olympia School District; instrumental band director and jazz trumpeter Tom Mettler, North Thurston School District; and orchestra director and Northwest String Quartet member Brent Pearson, North Thurston School District.

The program is presented by Saint Martin’s and community partners H&R Block, Lacey-Westside, Music 6000, Music Service, R.L. Ray Violin Shop, South Sound Music Center, Westside Music Center and Yenney Music Co.

Class sizes are limited. For more details, see the college’s website,, or contact (360) 438-4310;  

Science and Engineering
For the third year, faculty from the college’s School of Engineering and division of science and mathematics will donate their time to offer students wild, wonderful and intriguing experiences at Camp WISE. High school sophomores and juniors work in small groups with scientists and engineers and learn more about potential careers in the sciences. Exciting hands-on laboratory projects in robotics and automation; concepts in infinity; bridge-building; forensic engineering/science; and optics/optical illusions are part of the fun - and participants have an opportunity to continue working with their mentor-teachers after completing the camp.

The camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 through July 2, has a limited enrollment. For more information, please visit the college’s website,, or contact the Saint Martin’s School of Engineering, (360) 438-4320;  

For sports-minded students, Saint Martin’s will offer a selection of summer sports camps in golf, baseball, fastpitch softball, basketball and volleyball. Saint Martin’s athletic coaches and student-athletes teach sports in a fun, no-stress environment. For a complete list of camps and details on ‘04 Saint Martin’s sports camps, please visit the college’s website,

For more information:
Deanna Partlow, media relations coordinator
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or