Girls Rock Camp Madison was created over 10 years ago to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls while building community through music. It recognizes the potential of every young woman to be a strong, talented, creative and empowered individual while providing a safe space where all girls rock, literally.
They run an intense, one week day-camp for girls ages 8-18. Campers of all skill levels learn guitar, drums, keyboard, bass and vocals (and other instruments such as violin), form a band, write a song and perform their original composition at the end of the week for family, friends and hundreds of screaming fans. Camp also offers a professional studio recording experience as well as daily performances from female musicians.
Representing Girls Rock Camp in accepting this award are Liz Petty (President), Beth Kille (Music Director), and Beth Dohrn (Executive Director).
Since 2013, Liz has eagerly embraced opportunities to reignite her early passion for music by participating in multiple Ladies Rock Camps (LRC), writing hundreds of songs with collaborators from around the world, playing flute in a local community band, and learning to play drums in a band composed of other LRC musicians. As an elementary and middle school student she failed years of piano lessons, tortured a guitar teacher by taking a few lessons, and fell in love with the flute. She continued to study the flute through college playing in wind ensembles, with a music liturgy group, and at various weddings and recitals. She also played alto saxophone in a college jazz band and a small polka band. She gave up music after college to focus on her career as a physician scientist and to raise her sons. She was inspired to explore music again after meeting the Director of Girls Rock Camp, Beth Kille, during a Kickstarter campaign. Since then she has contributed songs to several albums made by collaborators. She has now vowed to always stay true to where music takes her. She is absolutely thrilled to be part of an organization that encourages and empowers girls and women to seek and follow their creative muse.
Beth Kille is an award-winning performing songwriter, an audio engineer/producer, a songwriting instructor, the Executive Producer of the Madison Area Music Association Awards, the host of Madison’s Chick Singer Night, the co-founder of Flannel Fest, the Music Director for Girls & Ladies Rock Camp Madison and a mom. She co-founded Girls and Ladies Rock Camp Madison in 2010, and is continually amazed at the fantastic campers, staff and community members she has had the opportunity to partner with on this journey. Her life’s mission is to inspire those around her to embrace their creativity! For more on Beth, please visit www.bethkille.com.
Beth has been with GRCM since it’s inception when her daughter attended the first camp. She has been the Girl Power Coach supporting campers and staff during camp. She has attended many Ladies Rock Camps and plays bass in 6.4.Sunday, a band with LRC friends! In her spare time, she teaches middle school and likes to go to live music shows, bike, kayak and travel. She’s a mom to two awesome kids and married to a guitar playing neuroscientist!