All campers are required to participate in at least one of the large ensembles. The weekly schedule is set up to accommodate students who want to perform in both an instrumental ensemble (band or orchestra) and choir. The schedule does not allow for a student to participate in both band and orchestra. All ensembles are open to all campers, but there will be chair-placement auditions after registration for instrumentalists involved in orchestra or band. Students should bring a short, prepared piece to play for the audition.
Classes meet once each day, outside of the ensemble rehearsal times. With the few exceptions noted, there are no prerequisites for any of these classes. Students are encouraged to take one class each class period (periods 3 & 4). Many classes do have enrollment limits, so early enrollment is suggested.
Recognizing that there may be a variety of experiences and abilities among the students in each class, the camp philosophy will be to try to individualize each class so that every student can be challenged, and move a step beyond whatever level they were at at the beginning of the camp week.
Musical Class Offerings
Jazz Band: Interested students are encouraged to audition during Sunday registration for this ensemble. All students auditioning, but not selected for the Jazz Band, have the chance to be enrolled in a jazz improvisation class instead. In that way, every student wanting a jazz experience while at camp will be able to have one. Please note that you cannot enroll in this class at the time of enrollment. Instead, you enroll in another class during period 3, and if you are accepted for Jazz Band, you will be placed in that ensemble instead of the class you chose.
The Jazz Band audition will last 5-10 minutes. Students will be asked to play scales, do some sight-reading, and perform a short excerpt of something they've been working on (such as a solo, etude, or technique studies) OPTIONAL: play the melody and improvise over a jazz standard found in the Real Book. (offered period 3)
Dance Class Offerings