Summer Camp Classes

Summer Camp activities include:   (see details below)

Ensembles

  • Chamber String Orchestra (for intermediate and advanced students)
  • Small Ensembles (quartets, trios, etc)
  • Violin/Cello Choirs (for young musicians)

Classes and Activities

  • "Viola for Violinists"
  • Technique class
  • Theory class
  • Masterclasses
  • Sight Reading Class
  • Outdoor activities
  • After-camp care

Ensembles

Chamber String Orchestra:  Intermediate and Advanced students will be organized into 2 ensembles of 15-20 students where they will study several pieces to perform on the final concert for camp.  In these groups students will work on: listening to their own section while also balancing with the other sections, articulation, phrasing, dynamics, posture, and performance practice. 

Small Chamber Ensembles:  Each student will be placed in a small chamber group of 2 to 5 players where each student plays a different solo part within a group.  Chamber music is an excellent opportunity to shine your own part while also performing with others, and can be one of the most rewarding experiences of classical music playing.  These groups will range from groups consisting of young students with only 1 year of experience, to groups with advanced students with 10+ years of experience.

Violin/Cello Choirs: Our youngest musicians will be working on unison and duet pieces in Violin and Cello Choirs as they continue to develop their individual and ensemble skills. 

Classes

Viola for Violinists: Are you a violinist who has always wanted to give the viola a try?  Whether you are curious, want to add viola to your wheelhouse, or want to make a switch, take this class!  It's a great opportunity for students to give viola a try and see how they like the beautiful resonance of the viola.  (See Summer Camp Registration and Fees page for details on easy viola rentals for camp).

Technique:  Intermediate and Advanced students will spend time each day working on the building blocks of playing their instrument. The focus of the Technique Classes are: set up, bow hold, use of the bow, posture, learning how to release unnecessary tension, creating a beautiful tone, intonation, and shifting. 

Theory: Students at camp will spend time fine tuning their theory skills from finding the key of a piece to learning about building blocks of composition.  Students will also learn about composers and different styles of music, and they'll show off all they learned in Theory class at the Theory Bee on the last day of camp.

Masterclasses:  Each student should bring 1 solo piece that they have prepared with their private teacher to perform in a "masterclass" where they will perform in a supportive environment and receive comments from DUSS summer camp faculty.

Sight Reading:  Ever looked at a new piece of music and felt overwhelmed?  Learning techniques to help you tackle that new piece of music will help you know how to quickly find the most important information to tell you how to play that new piece of music you've never played before beautifully.  Sight reading music is just like reading any language, it takes practice!

Activities

Outdoor Activities:  Not only will students learn a lot about their instrument and music during camp, camp is about having fun!  Each day after lunch, students will spend time outside running around and playing outdoor games.  It's important to let the body rest from playing string instruments, keep blood flowing, and take breaks.

After-Camp Care: We provide After Camp Care from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.   Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to take advantage of this option for one or more of your children.