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Community Advocacy Organization

MSU Community Music School celebrates 15th year of Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp

Contact: Sarah Bohan, MSU Community Music School, (517) 884-4826, or Kathleen Adams; MSU College of Music, (517) 353-9958,

The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS), East Lansing, MI is proud to host the 15th Annual Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp June 15-21, 2017. In celebration of this milestone, Michigan State University’s President Lou Anna K. Simon, College of Music Dean James Forger and other community partners will be visiting CMS on June 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. to explore the various aspects of RicStar’s Camp and interact with campers. This event is open to media. RicStar’s Camp honors Eric Winter, a 12-year old CMS music therapy client with cerebral palsy who had a passion for music and a dream of starting a music therapy camp. Shortly after his passing in 2003, Eric’s parents, Dick and Judy Winter, along with Cindy Edgerton, director of Music Therapy Clinical Services at CMS, made this young boy’s dream a reality and established/founded the Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp. For 15 years, RicStar’s Camp has provided an inclusive environment for individuals with special needs and their siblings to express themselves through music and engage with others of varying abilities. Since its initial year, more than 1,260 total campers have attended RicStar’s Camp. Each year, approximately 60 community volunteers, both teens and adults, donate their time to provide one-on-one support to the campers throughout the duration of camp. Camp will be held for adults June 15-17 and for children, adolescents and young adults June 19-21 at the Community Music School located at 4930 S. Hagadorn Road in East Lansing. Both camps begin each day at 9 a.m.Each camp will conclude with a Be-a-Star Showcase concert. The showcase for adults will be on Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. and the showcase for children, adolescents and young adults will be on Wednesday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Kellie Dean, President and CEO of Dean Transportation, will be in attendance to accept this year’s RicStar Award for Outstanding Special Needs Advocacy. Dean will be attending the Showcase on June 17, and Calley will be attending the June 21 Showcase. These concerts are FREE and open to the public/media and will take place in the Community Music School Performance Hall. More information on RicStar’s Camp including camp videos may be viewed on the CMS website: NEW LINK

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