ICELAND: Sunday, August 5 to Saturday, August 11
To many, Iceland is a place of stunning natural beauty and fairytales. There, natural geysers, tectonic plates, volcanos, glaciers, and legends of Vikings and “hidden people” abound. But did you know Iceland is also home to a thriving music scene? From the winter’s Dark Music Days Festival of Contemporary Music, to recording studios and concert spaces, to a world class orchestra, cutting edge composers and vibrant music schools, Iceland is a nexus where contemporary meets tradition in classical music.
In our one week Iceland extension, students will travel with PCP faculty and Session 3’s Directors to the capital area of Reykjavik, where they will participate in the Icelandic Chamber Music Festival “Tónlistarhátíð unga fólksins” or “TUF
.” During this cross cultural exchange, students will have the opportunity to perform concerts and work together with Icelandic and other international students and get coached by an international faculty, as well as see the best of what the country has to offer.
Only 16-20 students (ages 15-18) will be accepted and these students must have attended Session 3 in 2018 prior to going to Iceland.
Room and board arrangements for our campers in Iceland will be camp style, within walking distance to the festival. Our campers will be staying in a local school which has bathroom and kitchen facilities. Sleeping bags will be needed. There will be an Icelandic Counselor who will sleep with the campers, cook some meals, and supervise their time. We expect that the Counselor will wake them up, feed them breakfast, and walk with them to the Festival’s location, a few blocks away. A light lunch can be purchased at the Festival. The Icelandic Counselor will be responsible for feeding them dinner, and sleeping with the campers at the school. $2000 inclusive (Room, Board, Sightseeing, Airfare) Cello airfare is not included; alternate arrangements can be made.
To start this Iceland connection, and cross-cultural experience, PCP hosted 2 Icelandic young musicians this past 2017 summer in Session 2; Svava Bernhardsdottir, violist for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra was also on faculty in Session 2. We will have 2 Icelandic host families who will help to provide a resource, as well as a wonderful cross-cultural experience for our students.
Requirements to apply for Iceland 2018 program:
• Campers need to be 15+ years of age
• Application deadline: February 1, 2018
• Decisions made: February 15, 2018