Judaic Mosaic Music Camp Expands to Baltimore

Judaic Mosaic Music Camp Expands to Baltimore

David R. Cohen

David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.

Judaic Mosaic, Atlanta’s only Jewish songwriting and recording camp for teens, will expand this summer to include a session in Baltimore, in addition to three scheduled sessions in the Atlanta area between June 6 and July 15.

“It was always my plan from the beginning to do this in other cities,” Camp Director Nick Edelstein said. “I realized that Atlanta isn’t the only city with a need for this type of programming. There was really no Jewish songwriting and recording camp like this anywhere.”

Campers at Judaic Mosaic are free to record any kind of song they choose.
Campers at Judaic Mosaic are free to record any genre of song they choose.

Edelstein, who started the day camp in 2014 to fill a gap in Atlanta’s Jewish musical education offerings, said he envisions spreading to other cities in the next three to five years.

The camp provides a forum for Jewish teens who otherwise might not meet to learn about Jewish music and interact musically and socially. This summer, the camp will hold three five-day sessions in Atlanta for rising eighth- to 12th-graders.

The first three days of each session are spent writing and rehearsing music. The last two days consist of recording the songs in some of Atlanta’s top studios.

“Judaic Mosaic is a real-world experience you can take home,” Edelstein said. “Everything you learn you can use when you record your next song with your band. It’s a totally immersive experience that’s unlike any other music camp.”

Open auditions for Judaic Mosaic’s Atlanta sessions will be held Sunday, March 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs.

Prospective campers can also audition via Skype.

“A lot of times kids might be hesitant to audition because they hear ‘Jewish music’ and think we’re just going to be doing prayer rock,” Edelstein said. “But the style of the music and the song that the kids produce is really just totally up to them.”

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