Camp Tracks

BAND

Learn from a specialist and also play your instrument in one of three bands: Cadet, Intermediate, and Advanced.

  • Cadet Band | one year of band experience (typically 6th or 7th grade)
  • Intermediate Band | two or more years of band experience (typically junior high)
  • Advanced Band | three or more years of band experience (typically senior high)

Instruments

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Low Brass
  • Percussion

STRINGS

  • Orchestra
  • Chamber Group opportunities
  • Specialized instruction in cello, viola, violin, and string bass

WHAT TO BRING (See this page for links and music. Email lewis.rosove@mbu.edu if you do not have the password):

  • Please take time to listen to all the music via the YouTube links provided, preferably with parts and/or scores in hand
  • Please make certain that your orchestra parts are printed and brought along with you to camp
  • Please remember to bring required concert attire to camp (collared shirt and tie for men, and a skirt for ladies)

PIANO

The Piano Track for 2014 is FULL. To be put on the waiting list, email janet.tschida@mbu.edu. 

In addition to fun camp experiences like age-specific evening activities, the camp choir, the evening services, and much more, campers will: 

  • have lessons from master teachers.
  • have practice time every morning during the private lesson time.
  • be assigned a duet partner, choose a duet piece from our collection, and practice the duet with a duet coach.
  • be in an ensemble with performers who are on your own level. Your ensemble will work on sightreading, playing by ear, and developing a level-specific piece for the concert.
  • attend various piano specific workshops. Topics vary each year and may include technique, performance practices, analysis, arranging, improvisation, and playing by ear.
  • participate in music electives. Music electives vary each year and may include options such as music technology, percussion ensemble, handbells, chamber groups, conducting, arranging, and theory classes.

AUDITIONS: Auditions take place during the camper check-in time. Auditions are held so that we can group you according to your ability and age. Please do not stress about auditions. You will be directed to the piano audition location after you complete the check-in process on Monday morning.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring music you would like to work on during the private lesson time with teachers, but also bring a nearly polished piece to be performed in a recital on Friday. We also encourage you to bring a hymnal, a metronome, a notebook, pencils, and a bag for your materials. We suggest that you label all of your books and materials with your name and phone number.

VOCAL/DRAMA

2014 Musical: My Son Pinocchi0

The 2014 production is My Son, Pinocchio—a humorous look at the little wooden boy through the eyes of his father, Geppetto (ages 13 and up). For auditions, campers are asked to come prepared to read a brief portion of the play and to sing a song that best exemplifies their vocal abilities. Campers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the production in advance, if possible.

This year’s Drama Camp will feature a second track directed by Jeff Miller, Peter Huber, and MBU intern Rachel Ray. This track includes special workshops on makeup and acting, and it features its own performance of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. A dozen senior high students will be selected during the audition period to be part of this production. The track will rehearse separately from the musical production, but will join the camp for all other activities. A Thursday night performance of the production will cap off this camp experience. On Friday, campers in this track will put their newly acquired makeup skills to the test by assisting with makeup preparations for My Son, Pinocchio.

 

STAGE CREW

Enjoy all the fun of the stage, without standing in the spotlight. Join us for a week of technical theatre, where you will learn the basics of set construction, painting techniques, lighting, sound, and running a production from behind the scenes. You will help build a entire set in one week and see it “come to life” in the Drama Camp’s production.

Campers (grades 7-12) will be stretching flats, building frames and platforms, and painting scenes. They will learn about tool usage and safety, constructing moveable stages, production organization, stage movements, and lighting design, settings, and controls.

No previous experience is needed, as training will be provided for both beginning and experienced stagehands. Be sure to bring clothes for painting as well as black pants and a long-sleeved black shirt. Remember, in any production, the most important people wear black!

Space is limited for this camp, so sign up early.

Note: All campers sing in a combined camp choir. Grades 8 and younger sing in a junior choir, and grades 9-12 sing in a senior choir.