Saint Martin’s offers summer learning fun for youth

April 18, 2005

Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s College welcomes students from elementary through high school age to campus this summer for a variety of fun and challenging learning opportunities. Starting in late June, Saint Martin’s will be offering programs in band, orchestra, science and engineering and several sports.

Music camps
June 27-July 12

Band and orchestra students can improve their musical skills or learn a new instrument during the 2005 Summer Music Program, weekdays June 27 through July 12 (no class July 4). They’ll display their new skills at the program finale, a concert on July 12 at Saint Martin’s Worthington Conference Center. 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.

This year’s program includes group singing and guitar sessions for the first time. Also offered are classes in jazz strings; advanced string orchestra and string chamber ensemble; beginning and advanced band; introduction to Stomp; brass; composing on the computer; flute; and intermediate percussion.

A seasoned faculty of area music teachers will lead the sessions. They include Greg Allison of Olympia School District, conductor, instrumental band teacher and member of the Northwest Wind Symphony; Mary Jo Rydholm of Olympia School District, instrumental string teacher and advanced string coach for the Conservatory Orchestra; Tom Mettler of North Thurston School District, instrumental band director and jazz trumpeter in the Olympia Jazz Initiative; and Chase Chang of the Puyallup School District, orchestra director and longtime band and choir teacher.

The program is presented by Saint Martin’s and community partners H&R Block (Lacey and Westside Olympia locations), 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, Camp WISE
June 22-July 1

For the fourth year, Camp WISE (Women in Student Engineering) will provide a lively learning experience for students interested in exploring careers in engineering and the sciences. 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. The camp is open to all high school sophomores and juniors – female and male – who work in small groups with scientists and engineers.

Some of the topics students will cover include robotics and automation; bridge-building; forensics in engineering and science; when 2 + 2 = 1 – concepts in infinity; the melody of a matrix, optics and optical illusions; testing to destruction; and the fauna and flora of Henderson Inlet.

Participants have an opportunity to continue working with their mentor-teachers after completing the camp.

The popular camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 through July 1, costs $125. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, so early registration is recommended. For more information, please visit the college’s website,, or contact the Saint Martin’s School of Engineering at (360) 438-4320;

Sports camps
Varied dates, beginning June 27

For sports-minded students, Saint Martin’s will offer a selection of summer sports camps in golf, baseball, fastpitch softball, basketball and volleyball this summer. 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 ‘05 Saint Martin’s sports camps, please visit the college’s website,, or contact the college’s department of athletics, 360-438-4372;

Deanna Partlow
Office of Communication