Congratulations to Central Coast Music Academy, Inc. on their first summer string camp at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, July 15-19.   Students from Santa Maria, Orcutt, and Lompoc joined together to have a week of music making and lots of fun.  Camp sessions were 8:30-11:30 each day and students had the opportunity to learn a new string instrument or continue on an instrument in an intermediate string class.

The week concluded with a “Casual Concert” featuring selections performed by the Beginning String Class, the Intermediate String Class, and the grand finale was a fantastic arrangement of “Viva La Vida” by Cold Play performed by the combined classes and the two string specialists, Douglas Poff, of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Kathy Hill, founder and director of Central Coast Music Academy, Inc. Kicking off the concert was the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting.  Chamber ambassadors, community leaders, museum staff, parents, and students participated in the ribbon cutting and it was great way to bring members of the chamber and the community together in support of a wonderful new and exciting music program.

Central Coast Music Academy will continue in the fall as they partner with the Orcutt Arts Academy.  String class will include instruction on violin, viola, and cello and will be a part of the fall/spring programs offered by Orcutt Arts Academy.  More information will be available on the CCMA website,, soon. Visit them on Facebook at Coast Music Academy.