Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Brooklyn Emerging Artists Rock Camp

If you have eclectic tastes in music and you love everything from indie rock to funk to rockabilly; if you believe that music can save the world and children can lead the way; if you want to pitch in and help rock your borough, then your child should plan to be at Brooklyn Emerging Artists (B.E.A.) Rock Camp.

B.E.A. Rock Camp is a week long music camp, dedicated to empowering youth, regardless of financial need, through musical collaboration, and it is the only coeducational rock camp in the city. Camp will take place in Brooklyn from August 10-15, 2009, but kids from all over the New York City area and beyond are welcome. Campers do not need any previous musical experience. Camp volunteers will offer group instrumental lessons, both beginning and advanced, in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals, violin, horns, and turn-tables, and will also involve campers in workshops that encompass many genres and facets of music, such as DIY recording, music history/theory, ‘zine’ making, and visual art. Campers will create their own bands at the beginning of camp week, and they will use what they\'ve learned to collaborate on a song for performance at the culminating Saturday Night Showcase at a real NYC venue for friends, families and fans. Each day at camp, a working New York City band will perform for campers. Theses performances will span genres, from hip-hop, country, classical to indie rock, allowing campers a chance to experience all types of music from some of the best musicians NYC has to offer.

B.E.A. Rock Camp tuition is specifically kept at a low $200 for the week, including equipment, instruction, workshops, lunch, and a camp t-shirt, so that all kids may attend camp. Half and full scholarships are also available. No child will be turned away due to financial need.

To find out more about camp, please contact us at bearockcamp@gmail.com or call us at 718-284-0547. Camper slots are still available, but the summer is fast approaching, so get your child involved today! Check us out online at www.bearockcamp.org for camp schedule, rates, location and more. You can also find us on myspace.com/bearockcamp, facebook and twitter.

B.E.A. Rock Camp is a chance of a lifetime. Don’t let your child miss out on this opportunity to rock!


B.E.A. Rock Camp is a project of Brooklyn Emerging Artists, sponsored by the Department of Secular Arts Programming at Greenpoint Reformed Church, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, and is made possible only through the generous donations of its funders and the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. If you want to get involved as either a camper or a volunteer, or if you wish to donate to or sponsor the camp, please visit the camp’s website at www.bearockcamp.org or email bearockcamp@gmail.com.


About the Founders of BEA Rock Camp

Katie Blankenship, Founder, co-Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator.â€"Katie Blankenship is a musician and an art administrator who graduated December, 2008, with her Masters of Arts from New York University. She sings, write songs, and plays guitar and banjo with an all girl Brooklyn band, “The Havens,” whose focus is on original music influenced by “old timey” mountain music such as that written and performed by The Carter family, Stephen Foster and other classic American songwriters. She became inspired to bring a rock camp to Brooklyn while researching her master’s thesis, “The Non-Profit Art Center,” and participating as a volunteer at the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp in Murfreesboro, TN. Seeing how rock camps empower and excite campers and volunteers alike to learn and make music was so inspiring that she knew she wanted to bring this opportunity to Brooklyn.

Elizabeth Price, Founder, co-Executive Director, Program Coordinator-Beth Price is a composer and bass player, as well as co-founder of Brooklyn Emerging Artists, an arts organization dedicated to spreading new art and music by emergent artists to the New York City community at large. Beth received her master’s degree in Music Composition from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. Her compositions have premiered in Boston, Rochester, NY and at celebrated venues, such as the Juilliard School and Galapagos Art Space in New York City. Beth is also double bassist and active member of the all-girl, country band, The Havens. Beth is passionate about spreading music, regardless of genre, to NYC youth across the five boroughs.

Rachael Benjamin, Administrative Director--Rachael Benjamin, LMSW, is a musician and social worker. Her music experience includes scholarship work in voice and oboe at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Rachael obtained her MSSW in clinical work and program development from Columbia University, New York, New York, and practices at The Guidance Center of Brooklyn Heights. After completing graduate school she began learning more about traditional mountain music and now plays with both “The Havens” and “Peaks and Valleys” as a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and autoharp player. She was elected in 2008 as deacon at Greenpoint Reformed Church, and serves in a leadership position in that church’s consistory.

Contact for Interviews

Katie Blankenship or Beth Price

e-mail: bearockcamp@gmail.com;


1 comment:

  1. This camp is located in Greenpoint, why are you posting on the Kensington blog? We could hardly be farther away.