Sample Ensemble and Seminar Descriptions


Follow the link: 2016 Ensemble and Seminar Description for this year’s descriptions and   Follow this link for the 2016 schedule. Both the schedule and the description lists may change between now and camp, but this will give you a basic idea of what is being offered this year.  So, wondering what our ensembles, seminars and other offerings will look like?  FOLLOW THE LINKS ABOVE

Below is a basic list of sessions included each year.  Read on!


(Participants will sign up for these ensembles prior to arriving at camp)

SYMPHONIC BAND: Symphonic Band is for our intermediate/advanced players who want to work on more challenging repertoire (grade 3-4.5) Daily.


CONCERT BAND: Concert band is for our novice/intermediate players who are looking for the joy of making music in a band, but with easier music. (grade 1.5-2.5) Daily.

NOVICE AND BEGINNER BAND:   This year we will be expanding the Novice Class to an ensemble format.  The group will be directed by Diane Muffitt.  The purpose of the time is to help the novic player have a better understanding of how to negotiate and understand what is happening in the band rehearsal.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED JAZZ ENSEMBLE: This group is for musicians with some jazz experience. No knowledge of improvisation is necessary. Daily with Bill.

NOVICE SWING BAND: This group is for musicians on any instrument, who have limited jazz experience, including those of you who have never played any jazz before!  Daily with Matt

KLEZMER!!! Would you like to play some upbeat, old-world modal music that reminds you of joyous-but-trying times of Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus? This ensemble will feature Eastern European instrumental music of pre-Israeli Jewish culture that was meant (mostly…) for celebrations. OF COURSE, as is the tradition, we will throw in some sorrowful music as well; laughing through tears is what life often really is about, is it not? Absolutely no experience or knowledge of the music necessary to enjoy this kind of ensemble that will be taught in depth as we learn tunes by ear and with sheet music. You will also learn a few of the dances that go with our tunes so (hopefully) we will get that audience up on their feet as well! All instruments welcomed but flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombone, and percussion particularly encouraged. (And, if you have brought your stringed instrument along to jam, join us! Adrianne says, “Even though my main instrument is flute, I’m a die-hard violist myself, so I know the feeling!”) Daily with Adrianne.

ROYAL BRASS and CLASSICAL WOODWINDS: These two ensembles are larger group ensembles of all brass or all woodwinds, exploring the music and sound of the brass ensemble or woodwind choir.  With Linda

SMALL GROUP ENSEMBLES: We will have large group, similar instrument ensembles which will meet daily under the guidance of our specialists.   Small groups may be organized with help from two of our faculty members, daily.  (Those in Spouse/Friend Track A are welcome to be part of the ensembles.)

JAM SESSIONSirish-band
(Participants may drop in as desired)

DRUM CIRCLE: 30 minutes, after dinner. Drop-ins are welcome; come when you feel the urge to drum. Tuesday & Thursday after dinner, with Dan Foote

IRISH JAM: Let’s get Irish for a wee bit! Sessions  of fun easy tunes! Bring your flute, whistle, fiddle, bodhran, accordion, guitar or even a non-traditional instrument! Let’s get our jigs and reels on!  Drop in whenever you feel Irish.  Daily, after dinner, with Adrianne.

OTHER JAM SESSIONS: Last year we had a Celtic flute jam after dinner, a jazz jam after evening activities and other jams at various times of the day.  How about a ukelele jam?  Rock band jam? Recorder ensemble?

All of those on Spouse/Friend Track A are welcome to attend

THEORY 1: Let’s go to the basics and learn the relationship of the little black circles to the lines and spaces. What’s the difference between the treble (G) clef and the bass (F) clef?  How do you create scales?  All your questions answered!

THEORY 2: You already know something about what those little black marks on the paper mean, come learn more about how they are connected the subtleties of the music you are playing. For example: What are chords, how do we make them and how do chord progressions affect the music? Why does it matter to know what key a piece is in, especially if there is a C# in the key signature, but you don’t have any Cs in your music!? What are some tricks to help you remember key signatures? All this and more!

INTRO TO IMPROVISATION: Uncomfortable improvising? This seminar will focus on understanding basic techniques of improvisation based on the 12 bar blues. Presented in a non-threatening environment, the workshop should encourage you to freely try your hand at improvisation. Bring your instrument; all types of instruments welcome.

SIGHT-READING CLINIC: There will be two types of Sight-reading Clinics.  One will be for those who don’t feel that they sight-read very well, where we will learn sight-reading techniques and practice on easy music.  The other type will be for those who want to experience more literature than what we are work on in the rehearsals, where we will sight-read several more advanced pieces that of varying styles.

LISTEN TO THE CLASSICS: Daily (once or twice) we will present a class piece of music (in many styles) and guide you through listening and understanding the work.

OTHER SESSIONS: Want to see the whole list? Follow the link: 2016 Ensemble and Seminar Description for this year’s descriptions and   Follow this link for the 2016 schedule. Both the schedule and the description lists may change between now and camp, but this will give you a basic idea of what is being offered this year.