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Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry Students, interns, and teachers play in the jazz workshop at Summer Music School.

Students are learning, practicing, and performing on a multitude of instruments — from piano and trumpet, to bass and harp, to boomwhackers and ukuleles.

In its 33rd year, Warren County Summer Music School is back in-person.

There are 88 students this year, down from previous in-person schools, but a solid number after two years of pandemic, according to Director Denise Pearson.

Along with those students in grades five through adult, there are 11 interns and 16 instructors.

Rebecca Anderson plays the harp at Summer Music School.

The school includes numerous programs focusing on theory, history, and culture of music.

With music goes dance. The offerings for those so inclined include: tap, jazz dance, ballet, musical theater dance, and world dance.

For those looking for some movement without the need for the rhythm, there is yoga.

It’s not just about music and dance.

The art classes include fiber arts, drawing and painting, drawing what the eye sees, metals and music, photography, sculpture, and stop motion animation.

Liam Baldensperger assumes the downward facing dog pose at the yoga class at Summer Music School.

Summer Music School runs for three weeks and culminates in an open house from 8:10 am to 12:10 pm Friday, July 1, and Pops at the Fountain with the Warren Philharmonic at 7 pm Thursday, June 30.

Madison Cornman (left), Kayla United, and Jacob Seither play bass guitar at Summer Music School.

Brass students (from left) Donald Anderson, Rebecca Anderson, intern Anna Alcorn, and Charles Jones play at Summer Music School.

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