Summer Music Camp
Classical Camp with an Unclassic Twist
This is not your mother’s summer camp. There are no lessons in tent pitching, just pitch-perfect practice. Instead of sleeping under the stars, you’ll serenade some of history’s most stellar. Repetition of dignified anthems will replace flag ceremony. You’ll have fun skipping rocks octave to octave, rather than across the lake. And your playful counselors will help you scale up harmonic trails instead of hillsides.
But one camp staple remains unchanged. Participants will leave the Summer Music Camp with friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
School-aged children on summer break can maintain or gain musical skills during the Sarasota Orchestra’s summer program July 1 - July 19, 2013. Offering the perfect escape from hot Florida summer days, campers will enjoy this three-week musical adventure in an air-conditioned concert hall. No prior experience is required, this camp is open to students of all abilities and is the ideal time for a beginner to try out a musical instrument or for intermediate and advanced students to hone their own skills or sample something new. Activities for string, wind, brass and percussion students include daily rehearsals in a large ensemble, a technique class, and skill-building in a rhythm class. Classes are kept to manageable sizes, so every student receives individual attention.
Strings: 9:00 - 11:30 am (M-F)
Winds, brass and percussion: 1:00 - 3:30 pm (M-F)
As part of the experience, students will present recitals in Holley Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Family members are invited to attend.
There is no audition for placement, therefore, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enroll early to reserve your space.
To register for the program, fill out the application. It is possible that the class you request may reach capacity before the registration deadline. In such cases, you will be notified. Applications received after June 1 will be considered only if space is still available. To optimize the learning experience, consistent attendance is expected during the three-week program. An enrollment confirmation will be mailed prior to the beginning of classes.
Tuition for the three-week Summer Music Camp is $305 per student, which includes a $25 non-refundable application fee. Tuition must be paid IN FULL upon invoice. In cases where a student is unable to attend the camp, a full refund is available until June 25, 2013. No refunds will be granted after that date.
Tuition scholarships are available on a need-basis and must be requested as part of the registration application. Scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Allen Wirtz and Jo Bowen Nobbe Educational Enrichment Program of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and through generous private donations. Applications for scholarships must be postmarked by the June 1 deadline. All recipients will be notified after June 1.
Instruments are the responsibility of each student and should be brought with them the first day of class. Students wanting to borrow their schools' instruments, should make arrangements before classes end for summer. Music stores in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota Counties also have rental instruments available. Percussion students: bring a pair of drumsticks size 2A or 5B and a practice pad.
In the past, many families have formed car pools to share driving responsibilities. We are happy to put you in contact with other parents who are interested in car pooling from your area.
For more information please contact the Education Department at (941) 487-2731.