Budding musicians will focus on correct posture, instrument set up, note-reading, rhythm, eurhthmics, develop internal pulse, and ear training, among other string-specific techniques. Some musicians who are "switching" to a different string instrument may advance into an intermediate level class over the course of the three weeks.
Growing musicians will work to expand range, improve tone and pitch center, master increasingly complex rhythms and bowings, encounter sophisticated harmonies/melodies, develop leadership and independence in the ensemble, and greater understanding of music theory as it applies to the repertoire.
Maturing musicians will continue to expand range, develop professional tone, improve intonation and listening skills for balance and blend, understand conducting gestrues, study advanced music theory, and foster leadership and independence in the ensemble. Advanced ensembles may have opportunites for music composition and chamber music.
There will be no formal audition for ensemble assignment. Placement will be determined by the following criteria.
Musicians are placed at a level where they will be challenged, but not overwhelmed. Be mindful that the skills presented in the orchestra and sectionals are group-oriented (playing together). The technique class will be the place where most musicians are encouraged to expand individual technique.
Musicians are closely observed during their first two days of participation. Ensemble re-evaluations are considered after careful observation and conference among four class instructors and the Program Director.
8:30 AM - Full Ensemble Rehearsal
9:40 AM - Sectional (small group)
10:50 AM - Full Ensemble Rehearsal
11:55 AM - LUNCH
12:30 PM - Technique Class (small group)
1:30 PM - Dismissal
1:30 - 3:30 PM - Optional After-Hours Program