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Venues

Camp experiences take place in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the College Park campus. Rehearsals occur in the acclaimed School of Music facilities, with the final performance to take place in the Ina & Jack Kay Theatre and piano recital in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

Schedule: Band

The initial meeting will take place on Sunday, July 16, from 3-6pm with a brief orientation followed by small group meetings and ensemble rehearsals. Students will be able to become acclimated with the facility during this time and will meet the faculty who will be teaching their classes throughout the week. It is important that students attend this day.

Monday - Friday the program will run daily from 9:00-3:30. A sample schedule follows:

Time Band (5/6 grade) Band (7/8 grade) Band (9/10 grade)
9-10:00 Sectionals Rehearsal Rehearsal
10:05-10:45 Rehearsal Elective Class 1 Sectionals
10:50-11:30 Elective Class 1 Elective Class 2 Rehearsal
11:30-12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30-1:00 Concert Concert Concert
12:35-1:15 Elective Class 2 Sectionals Elective Class 1
1:20-2:00 Elective Class 3 Rehearsal Elective Class 2
2:05-2:45 Rehearsal Elective Class 3 Elective Class 3
2:50-3:30 Sectionals Rehearsal Rehearsal

On Friday, the program will run as usual with a final concert beginning at 2:00pm in the Kay Theatre.  Students should wear the camp T-shirt (provided at camp), khaki or tan pants, shorts or skirt, and shoes of their choice for the concert.

Schedule: Vocal / Strings / Piano

The initial meeting will take place on Sunday, July 23, from 3-6:00pm with a brief orientation followed by small group meetings and ensemble rehearsals. Students will be able to become acclimated with the facility during this time and will meet the faculty who will be teaching their classes throughout the week.

Monday - Friday the program will run daily from 9:00-3:30. A sample schedule follows:

Time Vocal Strings Piano
9-10:30 Rehearsal Rehearsal Piano Masterclass A
10:30-11:10 Sectionals Elective Class 1 Elective Class 1
11:15-11:55 Elective Class 1 Elective Class 2 Elective Class 2
12:00-12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30-1:00 Concert Concert Concert
1:05-1:45 Elective Class 2 Sectionals Elective Class 3
1:50-2:30 Elective Class 3 Elective Class 3 Independent Practice
2:35-3:30 Rehearsal Rehearsal Piano Masterclass B

On Friday, the program will run as usual from 9-3:30.  Additionally, two final events will be held beginning at 2pm. Piano students will perform a recital in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall while the Orchestras and Choirs perform in the Dekelboum Concert Hall.  Students should wear the camp T-shirt (included in the cost of the camp), khaki or tan pants, shorts or skirt, and shoes of their choice for the concert.

Highlights

Unique features of the camp include:

  • serves primarily a middle school population (adolescents, roughly ages 10-15)

  • multiple levels of collaboration:

  • multi-age ensembles

  • students from public, private, and home schooling situations perform together

  • collaborative teaching by university faculty, public and independent school teachers, university graduate and undergraduate students

  • musicians of all ages and areas interact in enrichment classes and other settings throughout the day 
  • Opportunity to rehearse and perform in a state-of-the-art performance facility

  • Non-auditioned format stimulates and nurtures growth in musicianship through ability-sensitive teaching and peer mentoring opportunities for more advanced musicians

  • Members of staff instruct, assist, and perform alongside student musicians

  • Individualized instruction through small group lessons
  • Elective enrichment classes in technology, guitar, composition, jazz, world drumming, jazz, and more.

Elective Class Descriptions (not all classes are available each week):

a cappella: You’ve seen the popular tv show, The Sing Off. Experience a cappella singing as part of SYMC! One of our most popular classes for vocalists!

Arts!: Discover connections among music and the other arts: theater, dance, drawing, writing and more!

Beginning Instrument Lab: Learn to play the tuba, viola, oboe or string bass. In this class you will learn the basics of playing a new brass, woodwind or string instrument (Instruments provided by the camp)

Bucket Band: Create awesome music through improvisation and group performance using sticks, pails, and other found percussion. New and exciting for 2017!

Camp Chorus: Everybody Sing! Instrumentalists will take time out from playing their instrument to sing with fellow campers in a choral setting. (instrumentalists only.)

Composition: An introduction to the art of crafting your own music. Students will use non-traditional sounds and their own instruments and voices to experience the joy of making their own original music.

Fiddling for Strings: There’s more than one way to play a string instrument! Learn to play traditional fiddle music on your violin, viola, cello, or bass.                                                             

Forward March: Band At-ten-tion!  Take your instrument on the move by learning to play in a marching band. Experience the fundamental skills of marching and maneuvering to music.

Games: Get active and release energy playing some of the best (non-music) camp games. (For those who want an opportunity to get physical exercise

Jazz Improvisation: Explore America’s classical music by experiencing and developing practical skills needed for playing in multiple jazz styles including swing, blues, and rock.

Keyboarding: Learn to play the piano in School of Music’s Piano Lab! Instruction is focused toward beginning (or near) players but experienced pianists can spend the time in independent practice.

Movies and Music: Create your own soundtrack to a popular movie! Explore how composers and film makers use music to enhance the on-screen action.

Musical Theater: Lights, Camera, Action! Prepare to dance, sing and act in this introduction to musical theater.

Steel Drum Band: Explore the music of the islands with hands-on experiences.

Technology:  Explore software and hardware used in creating music of your own.  Work alone and/or in a group. Hands on experiences in the Technology Lab.

Ukulele: Master one of the most popular selling instruments in America! (Instruments provided by the camp or bring your own). New and exciting for 2017!

World Drumming: Explore percussion instruments from around the world using a unique drum circle environment.