A one week chamber music camp for string and piano students ages 8-13
Prelude 2020: August 16-22
Point CounterPoint’s Prelude program began in 2010 to specifically offer a one week chamber music experience to the youngest chamber musicians. At Prelude, every morning is filled with music periods, and every afternoon, we offer a traditional summer camp experience. Nestled at the very end of summer, and close to the start of the school year, Prelude’s late-August timing makes it an ideal opportunity for students to both hone their musical skills and transition successfully back into the school year.
Prelude campers receive their camp music before arrival at camp, therefore there are able to start rehearsing their music with their groups on Monday. Campers can expect to receive their music approximately 8 weeks in advance.
The Prelude Session is a one week camp for string and piano students ages 8-13 designed to introduce both a chamber music experience and a short time away from home. Advanced players as well as those with no ensemble experience participate in chamber groups, and one other all-group music program. Prelude starts on Sunday afternoon and ends Saturday afternoon with a final concert for family and friends held at the Salisbury Meeting House.
Mornings at Prelude are devoted to lessons, coachings, and rehearsals, with a structured break. Afternoons are spent in recreational activities, and evenings are divided among music (including a faculty concert), games, campfires and cabin activities.
Each camper has a private lesson during the week to help with chamber music repertoire. Generally there is not time for lessons on solo music, although campers may certainly practice solo repertoire at camp. The Prelude application requires audition videos for new campers and placement audition videos for returning campers. This information is used in matching groups and assigning repertoire, which is mailed to the Prelude campers by mid-June.
Prelude Session Recap:
- One week starting in late August
- Open to ages 8-13
- Instrumentation is violin, viola, and violoncello, and piano
- Audition Requirements: Two contrasting pieces from standard concerto repertoire, one, two, or three octave scales
- Placement videos for returning campers are due April 1st
- Each camper plays in one group
- Music is sent home at least 8 weeks ahead of camp
- Faculty Concert on-campus
- Private lesson
- Coached rehearsals daily
- Camp-wide Choir
- Final camper concert off-campus