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Music Camp in Final Week

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The 2013 sessions of the International Music Camp are ending this week.

And the camp is under new leadership as it closes the year, having welcomed more than two thousand students from 11 countries this summer.

Jim Olson takes us to the US-Canada border to meet the new people in charge at the IMC.

When Christine and Tim Baumann walk the grounds of the International Music Camp, they have to pinch themselves. They're in charge of a place they've loved as staff members for years.

(Christine Baumann, International Music Camp Director) "I feel honored and very lucky and I'm so thankful to be in a place I love so much and to be able to work for a place I love so much."

(Tim Baumann, International Music Camp Director) "We're going to look back on this year and remember how exciting it was to be at the helm of a place that is so well loved and respected by the community and that does such good things for the kids."

The couple - they've been married four years - took over at IMC three weeks ago. Both had spent most of a decade as staff members here, developing an affinity for the place that thousands of students from dozens of countries have visited. Both say they want to build on the camp's stellar reputation in the coming years.

(Christine Baumann, International Music Camp Director) "I'd love to keep the camp relevant and have it be something students can relate to as technology changes and the changes that the future brings."

The camp brings in faculty from across the continent - people who enjoy spending time in this beautiful setting, sharing their love for music.

(Tim Baumann, International Music Camp Director) "I don't think you can find a better place where you'll have all these great minds and talents assembled in one place working for a common goal."

As for the students - this group of girls from Hazen say they've found someplace they'd like to visit again in the coming years.

(Sameena Knopik, Hazen) "I wanted to come here because it's nice to play in a big band. Hazen has a kind of small band so it's kind of nice to play in a big band."

(Mikayla Ward, Hazen) "My friend Sameena convinced me to go. She said it was fun and I wanted to try something else." (First time this year?) "Yes and I would like to come back someday."

(Haley Skinner, Hazen) "I've enjoyed meeting all the new people and seeing all the cool instruments."

For the Baumanns, those are the words they covet - happy campers who will help to keep the future of the International Music Camp bright.

North of Dunseith, Jim Olson, KX News.

This final week of the camp includes band, orchestra, percussion, and art classes for hundreds of students.

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