New Educational Program Gives Students Behind-the-scenes Access to One of Largest Music Festival’s in Nation

BETHLEHEM, PA—Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley campus and ArtsQuest are offering students entering grades 9-12 the chance to gain hands-on video production experience during the first Musikfest summer video camp Aug. 3-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The two-week day camp, which costs $500, is limited to only eight participants, and students may register at

During the Musikfest Video Camp, students will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest while learning the ins and outs of video production. Leading the program is Penn State Lehigh Valley Multimedia Innovations Center Director Liz Keptner, who has more than 15 years of journalism reporting experience for news stations such as 69-WFMZ-TV and CBS3 in Philadelphia.

Students will discover how to use HD cameras and Adobe Premiere editing software during the first week at Penn State’s Multimedia Innovations Center. The second week, Aug. 10-14, will take place on the Musikfest grounds, where the participants will shoot video footage of performances while enjoying special back- and side-stage access usually reserved only for media on assignment.

Students will produce segments, edit stories and even have the opportunity to interview one of the festival’s performers. At the end of camp, they’ll leave with a dynamic sizzle reel or ‘newscast’ detailing their unique experience. The video may even be used in ArtsQuest’s promotion and marketing of the festival.

“We are very excited to be partnering with ArtsQuest to give area students a comprehensive, hands-on media production experience, all with the perfect backdrop - Musikfest - one of the premier arts and cultural events in the nation,” says Keptner.

The Musikfest video camp is one of the more than 60 camps being offered by ArtsQuest this summer, with most camps taking place at the Banana Factory arts center in Bethlehem. Other camps include mixed media and sculpture, digital photography, glassblowing, board game design, drawing, painting, wheel throwing, jewelry making, mosaics, cartooning and more. Camps run June 15-July 31 and are available in full- and half-day sessions for ages 4-17. For more information on summer camps, visit

In addition to Musikfest video camp, Penn State Lehigh Valley is offering one-week, half-day youth camps from July 13-17. Camps are available in writing, visual arts, engineering, math, computer programming, video and swimming and are geared toward students entering grades 1-12. Camps are offered in the morning (9 a.m.-noon) or the afternoon (1-4 p.m.). For additional information on Penn State’s summer camps, please see