In collaboration with the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University, TOPS is proud to offer campers a class in creative writing. The campers will work with a fiction writer and poet from FAU's Master in Fine Arts program in creative writing. The 45-minute workshop will encourage campers to give voice to their imaginations through a variety of literary forms and techniques.
TOPS Piano Camp by Alec Lubin, 2012
TOPS Piano Camp is so much fun,
It is an experience that is great
We don't stop playing until camp is done
It is something I anticipate
We play the piano
I'll be extremely sad when camp is through the whole entire day
This is definitely the best camp of all
We go to the pool after a lot of hard work and yell yay
One day I hope to perform in a concert hall
Practicing is one of the things that are great
TOPS Piano Camp is the best
The teachers are amazing
We don't get any tests
Next summer I'm sure to go to camp a week or two
Pool time on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Master Classes by FAU Faculty
Special Guest Speakers
And so on...varies each summer!
Katarina Franjic-Emilcar joins TOPS this year as a Piano Teacher. She was born in Nordhorn, Germany , started playing the piano at the age of 7 and viola later at the age of 14. She won several prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competition in piano solo and chamber music. After settling in the United States, Katarina Franjic-Emilcar earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Florida Atlantic University under the tutelage of Dr. Irena Kofman. She was also a collegiate tennis player, ranked in the ITA/NAIA ranking and NAIA National Champion (2002). In addition to that she was a member of the Citrus College Quartet, Broward Community College Symphony Orchestra and Florida Atlantic University’s Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 she was an invited performer for the Georgia Music Educator’s Convention with the Brenau University Chamber Choir. In 2009 she was a Young Collegiate Participant at the Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival. In 2012/2013/2014/2015 she toured with guitarist Karen Schonhals, performing a series of concerts in South Florida. Mrs. Franjic-Emilcar maintains an active private piano studio in Greenacres and surrounding cities.
Jaimee Slofkis joins TOPS this year as the Creative Writing Teacher. Ms. Slofkis graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from University of Central Florida in 2010 where she was a recipient of Florida Bright Futures and scholarship for Minority Programs in Education. Ms. Slofkis graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 with a Master of Education in School Counseling and is currently teaching first grade at Sandpiper Shores Elementary.
Doris Dittrich joins TOPS this year as the Art Teacher. Ms. Dittrich is an observant traveller, navigating the fine line between finding intuitively and searching consciously. She is metaphorically, symbolically or blatantly interweaving collected visual details, personal encounters, socio-political realities and historical contexts. Dittrichs avid love for archaeology and mythology is a crucial source of inspiration, her art the cartography of a personal journey. For curriculum vitae click here.