Why Choose Us?
For over 60 years, Sarasota Orchestra has made music education a priority for aspiring young musicians by providing an unparalleled experience for students at all levels, beginner through advanced.
Safety of students, faculty, and staff is central to our planning. Our re-imagined camp will maintain safety while continuing to offer a fun educational experience. Each session promises an incredible experience and provides a structure that will improve skills and technique for the years ahead. Daily instruction at the Orchestra Center will include rehearsals in a large ensemble that will incorporate a variety of instruction including technique, music theory, rhythm, ear training, audition prep, sight-reading, and so much more. On the final day, we move to Riverview High School to present our end of camp concert. Don’t be nervous – auditions are NOT required for participation.
LOCAL and ESTABLISHED TRAINING
Instruction at all Levels
Our camp promises an incredible experience and provides a structure that will improve skills and technique for the years ahead. Don’t be nervous – auditions are NOT required for participation.
Apply today for an immersive and enriching music environment.
COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND PROCEDURES
All Conductors, students, and staff must wear a mask (that covers nose and mouth) while in the building at all times, even while playing. No buffs/gaiters, or bandanas/kerchiefs are permitted. There will be no exceptions to our mask policy.
Conductors, students, and staff shall be subject to a temperature check upon entering the Orchestra Center for rehearsal. Anyone with a temperature over 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the Orchestra Center.
All conductors, students, and staff shall socially distance at 6 feet or more while rehearsing and in and around the building.
Family members or guests will not be permitted into the building.
Upgrades were made to the HVAC system including Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization that eliminates pathogens, including viruses.
The Orchestra Center is cleaned and disinfected daily. Chairs and stands will be cleaned before and after each rehearsal.
Water fountains are closed. Please bring your own bottled water. Food and other drinks are prohibited.
Students will not be sharing stands or supplies. Please make sure you have all materials (music, pencils, rosin, etc) needed for rehearsal.
Specific requirements for woodwind and brass players:
Woodwind and brass players must wear a mask and have bell covered at all times during camp.
Pads to absorb spit and condensation are required for all brass players. Pads will be provided at the beginning of each rehearsal. Students will be responsible for correct disposal at the end of each day using the provided trash cans.
We will continue to monitor public health trends and conditions, and evolving guidelines from the CDC. A finalized list of safety precautions and procedures will be sent to all families before the start of each session.
Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. It is possible that the class you request may reach capacity before the June 1st deadline, so early registration is recommended. Applications received after June 1st will be considered only if space is available. An enrollment confirmation will be mailed prior to the beginning of classes.
Instruments are required for each student and should be brought with them the first day of camp. Students wishing to borrow an instrument from their school should obtain permission from the school music teacher before the end of the school year. Sarasota Orchestra has a limited number of certain instruments for loan. (Inquire in advance with the Education Dept.) Area music stores also have rental instruments available. Percussion students: bring a pair of drumsticks size 2A or 5B and a practice pad – available at area music stores.
Session I - $200
Session II - $50
Session III - $200
This is in addition to the $25 application fee and is due upon invoice. The tuition is only a fraction of the actual cost to Sarasota Orchestra per student. Through the generosity of many donors and numerous foundations, we are able to off-set tuition expenses.
Scholarships are offered to assist families who are in need of financial support and are made available by the generosity of private donors and grants (see form on application).
Do you know a student that would enjoy being a part of our program? Help us spread the word and receive $20 off your tuition for each new student.
Example: Talk with 5 new students that meet the requirements and receive $100 off your tuition.