Camp Tracks

BAND TRACK

Participate in One of Four Bands:

  • Beginning Band | no band experience (a day camp from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • 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)

Receive Specialized Instruction:

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

Sing in the camp choir and participate in electives:

Performing Group Electives:
  • Chamber Groups: Musicians will be grouped into trios and quartets with camp faculty. Prepared groups will perform in piano concert. Restrictions: For intermediate to advanced-level musicians
  • Hand Chimes: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a human keyboard? Find out as you experience the fun of hand chimes for yourself! Learn the basics of chime ringing and techniques culminating in a final Friday performance. Restrictions: Must be able to read notes. No prior experience with chimes or hand bells necessary.
  • Beginning Piano: This class is for beginners! After learning about correct posture and hand position, the white keys and finger numbers, you will learn how to play some impressive pieces. Restrictions: None
  • Bucket Drumming: Master fun bucket drumming techniques while also improving your rhythmic ability. Restrictions: None
  • Body Percussion Ensemble: Learn impressive percussion ensembles that only incorporate sounds you can make with your body! Restrictions: None
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time.
Academic Electives:
  • Theory: Campers choosing theory will take a short theory test during Camper Check-In. Using the test results, campers will be placed into the theory class for their level. Assigned theory classes and locations will be posted on the announcement board in DC.
  • Conducting: Conducting is a crash course in the basics of time beating, cueing, and expression for the beginning director. After learning conducting and score-reading basics, campers will have hands-on opportunities during class sessions. Restrictions: None
  • Music Technology: Learn how to use free music software for transcribing and recording your compositions and arrangements. Restrictions: None
  • Arranging: Learn strategies for writing your own arrangements. Restrictions: None
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time.

STRINGS TRACK

String Players Will…

  • Play in an orchestra or string ensemble.
  • Receive specialized instruction in cello, viola, violin, and string bass.
  • Sing in the camp choir.
  • Participate in electives
Performing Group Electives:
  • Chamber Groups: Musicians will be grouped into trios and quartets with camp faculty. Prepared groups will perform in piano concert. Restrictions: For intermediate to advanced-level musicians
  • Hand Chimes: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a human keyboard? Find out as you experience the fun of hand chimes for yourself! Learn the basics of chime ringing and techniques culminating in a final Friday performance. Restrictions: Must be able to read notes. No prior experience with chimes or hand bells necessary.
  • Beginning Piano: This class is for beginners! After learning about correct posture and hand position, the white keys and finger numbers, you will learn how to play some impressive pieces. Restrictions: None
  • Bucket Drumming: Master fun bucket drumming techniques while also improving your rhythmic ability. Restrictions: None
  • Body Percussion Ensemble: Learn impressive percussion ensembles that only incorporate sounds you can make with your body! Restrictions: None
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time.
Academic Electives:
  • Theory: Campers choosing theory will take a short theory test during Camper Check-In. Using the test results, campers will be placed into the theory class for their level. Assigned theory classes and locations will be posted on the announcement board in DC.
  • Conducting: Conducting is a crash course in the basics of time beating, cueing, and expression for the beginning director. After learning conducting and score-reading basics, campers will have hands-on opportunities during class sessions. Restrictions: None
  • Music Technology: Learn how to use free music software for transcribing and recording your compositions and arrangements. Restrictions: None
  • Arranging: Learn strategies for writing your own arrangements. Restrictions: None
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time.

Music to Practice Before Camp

  • 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.

PIANO TRACK

Piano Campers Will…

  • take daily lessons from master teachers.
  • have practice time every day 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 sight reading, playing by ear, and developing a level-specific piece for the concert.
  • attend various piano specific workshops. A theme is chosen each year, and workshop topics vary and may include technique, performance practices, analysis, arranging, improvisation, and playing by ear.
  • sing in the camp choir and participate in electives
Performing Group Electives:
  • Chamber Groups: Musicians will be grouped into trios and quartets with camp faculty. Prepared groups will perform in piano concert. Restrictions: For intermediate to advanced-level musicians
  • Hand Chimes: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a human keyboard? Find out as you experience the fun of hand chimes for yourself! Learn the basics of chime ringing and techniques culminating in a final Friday performance. Restrictions: Must be able to read notes. No prior experience with chimes or hand bells necessary.
  • Beginning Piano: This class is for beginners! After learning about correct posture and hand position, the white keys and finger numbers, you will learn how to play some impressive pieces. Restrictions: None
  • Bucket Drumming: Master fun bucket drumming techniques while also improving your rhythmic ability. Restrictions: None
  • Body Percussion Ensemble: Learn impressive percussion ensembles that only incorporate sounds you can make with your body! Restrictions: None
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time.
Academic Electives:
  • Theory: Campers choosing theory will take a short theory test during Camper Check-In. Using the test results, campers will be placed into the theory class for their level. Assigned theory classes and locations will be posted on the announcement board in DC.
  • Conducting: Conducting is a crash course in the basics of time beating, cueing, and expression for the beginning director. After learning conducting and score-reading basics, campers will have hands-on opportunities during class sessions. Restrictions: None
  • Music Technology: Learn how to use free music software for transcribing and recording your compositions and arrangements. Restrictions: None
  • Arranging: Learn strategies for writing your own arrangements. Restrictions: None
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time.

Space is limited for this track. Register early! 

VOCAL/DRAMA TRACK

2016 MUSICAL: THE MUSIC MAN JR.

The 2016 musical production is The Music Man JR. (ages 13 and up), directed by Mrs. Christina Miller. For auditions, campers are asked to prepare an audition video to be submitted online. Campers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the production in advance, if possible. Based on the timeless Broadway classic, The Music Man JR. adapts this masterful musical for young performers, and the result is family entertainment at its best – a bold show that will have the whole town atwitter! The production will take place on Friday, July 15th, at 3:30 pm.

2016 PLAY: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE PORTAL OF TIME

Directed by Mr. Jeffrey Miller and Mrs. Amanda Warren, this track includes special workshops on makeup and acting and features its own performance of the fast-paced and exciting Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time. Roughly fifteen 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 complete 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 The Music Man JR.

STAGE CREW TRACK

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 track. Register early! 

VIDEO TRACK

Come and learn from professionals in the field of video and movie production. With our flexible learning setup, you will learn and grow through the week no matter your previous experience. You will improve your individual skills and learn to work with a creative team through collaborative projects. Areas to be covered through the week include:

  • Cinematography
  • Special Effects
  • Editing
  • Scripting
  • Team Work
  • Directing

Students must have completed at least their Freshman year of high school.

Space is limited for this track. Register early!