The inclusion of faculty from Peabody, Cleveland Institute of Music, Julliard and East Tennessee State University has helped to draw students from all across the state, as well as from as far away as Ohio and North Carolina.
The two-week session costs $1,450. However, many of the campers receive scholarships funded through donations.
The camp's website lists its collaborators as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Youth Symphony and sponsors as the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, the Beckley Area Foundation and the Fayette County Commission.
Although the camp is nondenominational and focuses mainly on music, it began under the umbrella of the Fayetteville Christ Fellowship church, where Charles is a pastor. The camp, now its own nonprofit organization, still maintains what Esther Morey likes to call "a Christian atmosphere."
Before the busy day of practices, lessons and performances begins, students are given the option to pause for a brief devotional that aims to draw connections between faith and the arts.
"Most of the camp doesn't deal with the religious aspect of things, because we're really intense musically," Morey said. "But in the morning we like to pause and explore character development from a Christian perspective. We feel like the whole person is important."
Additional, non-musical activities like Ultimate Frisbee and ropes courses are offered, but most students said they preferred to devote their free time to even more practice.
"It sounds boring because you have to do it for five hours a day, but it's actually pretty fun, like really fun. You end up never wanting to stop practicing. Well, unless you get really hungry," said Elijah Hopper, a 10-year-old mandolin student.
Emma McCulloch, a 15-year-old flutist, said the camp was the ideal setting for a young musician to learn and grow.
"I read about the camp on the website, and it seemed like it was the music camp I've been looking for," she said. "It's a lot more personal, intimate. It's everything I hoped it would be and more. It's a dream come true really."
For more information about CODA Mountain Music Academy and its programs, visit www.codamountain.com or call 304-663-6688.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796