Our music program is all about chamber music!
Chamber Music Groups
All campers will play for the faculty on the first full day of camp before being placed in chamber music groups. Students should select two or three minutes of music that will, both musically and technically, show their highest level of achievement. Pianists will be asked to play excerpts from their assigned chamber pieces – no solo pieces.
Based on this on-campus audition, each camper is placed in two chamber groups. Pianists will have already been given a piece to prepare. The group begins to work, rehearsing six days a week. Each group rehearses in both coached and uncoached environments.
Once the piece is ready, the ensemble will perform for the entire camp in an appreciative and supportive environment. After that first piece has been mastered, the musicians will move on to the next challenge – a more difficult movement from the same work, or a brand new piece.
We have camper concerts on Sunday afternoons at 3:30 in our Rec Hall to which families and friends are welcome to attend. Parents may arrive 30 minutes before the afternoon student chamber concert, enjoy the concert and then take campers out to eat returning campers by 7:30 pm for evening activities.
Private Lessons and Practicing
One thing that sets Point CounterPoint apart from other music camps is the amount of personal attention in the form of private lessons and coachings that each camper receives. The personal and nurturing attention of Point CounterPoint faculty in the informal setting on Lake Dunmore often creates a special bond between student and teacher. Every camper has two scheduled practice periods daily; many also choose to spend a portion of their free time practicing.
All-camp music studies classes feature varied topics such as “How to rehearse without a coach,” “Shostakovich’s Russia,” or to attend a Master Class with a guest musician, or a preview of an upcoming faculty performance. Always popular with the campers is a faculty panel which shares insights about their own musical studies and careers.
During each summer camp session, our faculty performs public concerts as The Point CounterPoint Chamber Players at a variety of local venues. Their presentations of major works of the chamber music repertoire excite and motivate campers in their own musical growth. This popular series builds an intimate awareness of the discipline and joy of professional music-making.
Session Final Camper Concerts
At the end of each session on the last Saturday, campers perform in a final concert at 1pm at the Salisbury Congregational Church. This is a rewarding experience for the entire camp community. We depart from the church, looking forward to the next summer!