Kids are naturally creative explorers. At Mindful Musicians, we will make space for them to express themselves just as they are, enjoying each moment as it comes. Our camp activities combine art, music, and yoga into a day that feels inspiring, grounding, and fun. Kids will spend their mornings in art and music classes. Music will be a fun way for kids to play, sing and move to popular songs from the Rock, Jazz and Folk genres. Campers will get familiar with the different styles through listening and jamming on fiddle or ukulele (no previous experience necessary!). Art will be a time for hands-on expression with paint, paper, clay, and more. The afternoon will include yoga, stories, popsicles, and singing, and we’ll end each day playing outside at McGuffey Park.
Anna Hennessy, M. M. is a violinist and teacher who has performed with numerous folk, rock and classical acts. Her genre-hopping habits have landed her onstage in such diverse places as the Kennedy Center, the Red Wing Roots Festival (with The Judy Chops), as a guest soloist with Kansas and opening for a number of country music legends with local favorite Jim Waive. Anna has been a violin teacher for 17 years, spending three years as a high school orchestra director in Fairfax County. She is delighted to come back to her roots in Charlottesville, where she continues to grow as a private instructor and musician.
Emily Morrison is a lifelong educator. Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, she grew up in a family of musicians and educators in a region steeped in traditional music. She’s worn lots of hats since moving to Charlottesville to teach high school English in 2000, including founding and operating a summer yoga camp for children, directing a performing arts program at a pre-K – 8th grade Montessori school, serving as director of admissions at Tandem Friends School, and founding the Front Porch in 2015. Emily’s passion is in helping others express their innate creativity. Emily holds a B.A. in English and a Masters in Education from The College of William and Mary.