A week of orchestral study and performance for young musicians
A week of orchestral study and performance for young musicians
The Summer Symphony Camp is an inspiring and intensive week of orchestral study and performance for young musicians in a spectacular North Cascade Mountain setting. Under the leadership of acclaimed music directors and coaches, this program allows talented young musicians to participate in intermediate and advanced musical studies. The atmosphere is challenging and at the same time, highly supportive and welcoming.
This group is designed for first, second, and third year string players with some music reading ability. Academy Orchestra is an ideal ensemble for developing skills essential for mastering playing an instrument in a conducted ensemble. The coaches and conductor work closely with the students to challenge and worth with them on an individual basis. Students are excited each year to learn what the new Academy “theme” is!
For the Academy Orchestra placement audition, students should prepare one or two octave scale and part of one piece. Auditions will be held during the first rehearsal of the first day of camp.
A+ Players is our advanced Academy group. This is an auditioned group of seventh and eighth grade string players. A+ will play with the Academy Orchestra, play their own literature, and perform one advanced piece of orchestral literature with the Symphony Orchestra. Students will learn advanced string techniques and ensemble playing from our experienced teachers. A+ students arrive to camp on Monday morning.
A+ Players Audition
Violin A+ Audition:
Viola/Cello A+ Audition:
This ensemble is designed for instrumentalists with intermediate to advanced skills, typically students at an 9th grade-level and above. In addition to the full rehearsals, students will work in small groups led by our talented coaches. All string, brass, woodwind, double reed and percussion instrumentalists are invited to audition for this exceptional group.
NEW applicants for the Symphony Orchestra must submit an audition with their application. Audition requirements below:
Symphony Orchestra Audition
Students applying for the Symphony Orchestra are intermediate to advanced instrumentalists. Instruments in the orchestra include all strings, orchestral woodwinds, brass and percussion. The majority of the orchestra is made up of students entering the eighth grade and older (with a few exceptions for advanced younger players). Students who have attended the Summer Symphony Camp in the past do NOT have to audition (unless they are playing a different instrument).
Symphony musicians must also be prepared to do a placement audition in person on the first day of camp. This placement audition will consist of a 2-3 octave scale of your choice and selected excerpts from the chosen concert repertoire or your own selection.
Summer Symphony prides itself on having a great mix of musically rich experiences and fun friendship building activities. Last year’s daily schedule is available below as an example.
Sample Daily Schedule
9-10:30 Symphony Rehearsal
1:00-2:15 Symphony Rehearsal
2:15-3:15 Chamber Music
3:45 Explore Downtown Leavenworth
7:00 Movie Night
Extracurricular Activities May Include:
Sightseeing in Leavenworth
Every day during camp students rehearse with their chamber groups. This gives students a chance to work one-on-one with a coach and perform music at their ability level. All chamber ensembles perform for the local Farmers Market on Thursday.
We love to have fun! NEW for 2016: Laser Tag!!! Overnight campers enjoy a trip to downtown Leavenworth, swimming, rafting the Icicle or horseback riding, group games, a movie night, scavenger hunts, and a hilarious talent show! In the past, campers have also enjoyed a water balloon fight on a very hot day and a trip to the nearby coffee shop for a treat. It’s a good idea to bring a few extra dollars for the few opportunities to shop or enjoy a snack when away from campus. Commuter campers end their day at camp at 3:30pm (except for the first evening rehearsal and Thursday) but are invited to join us for laser tag and the talent show.
Participation in horseback riding and rafting require waiver forms to be filled out completely.
Please upload the form during registration, email them to email@example.com or mail them to PO Box 2071, Leavenworth, WA 98826.
Leavenworth Farmers Market
On Thursday, all campers will perform for the Leavenworth Farmers Market. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy this free outdoor concert.
Join in this musical celebration of young musicians from throughout the Pacific Northwest! Our three ensembles will perform in the beautiful Snowy Owl Theater. We will be celebrating with an ice cream social following the concert (free for campers, by donation for our concert guests).
Camp counselors (age 18+) are a group of mature, enthusiastic individuals who have attended the camp in the past. Counselors provide a safe environment that is friendly and welcoming for campers. These college music majors or minors perform in the Summer Symphony Orchestra and are great role models. Contact Annie Chalmers if you are interested in being a counselor.
A note from our head counselor Annie Vohs:
“I love returning to Summer Symphony each year. It brings me such joy to watch young musicians spend a week gaining incredible musical knowledge, new friends and creating memories that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.”
Students are housed on-site in shared cozy cabins. These are not your average summer camp accommodations! Each cabin is air-conditioned, has its own bathroom with shower and a beautiful view! The campers are organized according to age and gender and have an experienced camp counselor in their cabin. The minimum age for staying overnight is 12 (email Annie Chalmers for exceptions).
Room and Board: $400
*Includes three meals a day, snacks, housing, t-shirt and all extra activities (rafting, horseback riding, etc.)
*Commuter tuition includes lunches, t-shirt, and does NOT include extra activities (rafting, etc.)
A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of financial need or a sibling discount. The application for financial aid is located in the registration page.
$50 deposit is required for registration.
We will offer commuter bus transportation from the Wenatchee/Cashmere area to Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. The cost is $75.