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Augustana students plan benefit concert to support summer arts academy for kids

March  16, 2012

Augustana students will perform a benefit concert for the Second Baptist Church (SBC) Music and Arts Academy's summer camp. The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Wallenberg Hall, inside the Denkmann Memorial Building (3520 7th Ave.). Admission is $1, and the concert is open to the public.

The second annual SBC Music and Arts Academy summer camp will take place at Augustana from Monday-Thursday, June 4-7, and offer classes in music, theatre and art to students ages 8-12. Concert organizer and Augustana senior studio art, art history and environmental studies major, Veronica Smith of Plano, Ill., said, "We hope to beat our fund-raising efforts from this same event last year, which totaled close to $500."

Proceeds from last year's concert helped supplement tuition for the program. "Many students come from underprivileged homes and would otherwise not have this learning opportunity during this important age," said Dr. Janina Ehrlich, cellist and professor of music at Augustana, who teaches at the academy and recruits students to teach lessons.

College students have played a major part in the SBC Music and Arts Academy for more than five years. "They volunteer their time on Saturday mornings to teach one to three students on all instruments and voice," said Dr. Ehrlich.

Several student groups will be featured on the concert program, including the Monkey Wrench Gang, Grass Fed Kids, and Stumpy and the Amazing Aeronautical Experiment, as well as solo artists Ben Davidson, a junior music performance-composition major from Minneapolis.

"Concertgoers can expect an eclectic blend of punk, funk, folk and rock," said Smith. In addition to the musical offerings, a silent art auction also will be held.

Families may register for the summer camp by calling Janina Ehrlich at 309.794.7299 or by email at

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833