By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Two former Imperial residents are returning in August to sponsor training in vocal and performance technique during the Imperial Summer Music Camp in August.
Lisa Hampton of Fort Worth, Texas and Cheri Lamperes of Fort Collins, Colo., often visit family in the area and want to share their love of music.
They are the daughters of Greg and Priscilla Harms, former owners of Service Insurance Agency. Lisa graduated from Chase County High School in 1979. Cheri moved from the community in 1983.
Hampton is a piano performance teacher, while Lamperes has been a voice coach for many years.
“I fill a niche in Fort Collins,” she said, adding that she teaches students through 60 years of age.
Not having a voice coach while growing up, she wants to give that opportunity to students. Classical voice is her special interest, but “I’ll support them in any genre.”
“It’s always been a dream to have a music studio with my sister,” Lamperes laughed, but geographical distance has been an obstacle.
The camp will emphasize excellence and a well-rounded musical performance education in musical theater, pop, country, rock and classical music.
The Imperial Summer Music Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Aug. 6-9 and Aug. 11-13, with a dress rehearsal and performance at the Chase County Fair talent show Aug. 14.
“Some people might want more one-on-one time,” Lamperes noted, so private piano and voice instruction will also be available.
The sisters hope to have 15 students, ages grade school through college, attend the camp, which costs $200 for the week.
The site of the camp is yet to be determined.
This is the first time the sisters have collaborated on a music camp.
“We’re really hoping that if it turns out to be a good thing and people enjoy it we’ll do it in subsequent years,” Lamperes stated.
Registration deadline is July 25 by visiting Facebook: Imperial Summer Music Camp or by contacting Hampton at (817) 907-6904 or
or Lamperes at (970) 215-7988 or