We are very excited to announce our first annual Summer Chamber Music Camp right here at the Naperville Suzuki School, June 12-16. This week-long day camp is designed for students from around Suzuki Book 4 through concerto level. It will include daily independent rehearsal in small ensembles, daily coachings with a faculty member, a daily quartet masterclass (i.e. coaching in front of an audience), a chamber orchestra in which students play side-by-side with faculty members, as well as some supplemental classes in music theory, history and sight-reading. Each small ensemble will work intensively on a movement from the major string quartet repertoire, and then present the movement in concert at the end of the week.
Many musicians will tell you that chamber music is what they love playing most. The term ‘chamber music’ most often refers to music played by a small ensemble with one player on a part, and without a conductor. It is quite a different experience from solo playing, and from orchestral playing, in which a conductor dictates in which musical direction the ensemble will take a particular piece. Chamber playing is more democratic; it is an exercise in collaboration, and in diplomacy. Typically the musicians rehearse as equal colleagues, each offering their own ideas, compromising and ultimately arriving at a unified musical interpretation. Confidence and independence are required of each individual player, but so is a finely tuned ear, and a willingness to adjust one’s playing to blend with the sound of the group.
Space is limited! Please talk to your teacher if your child is interested in this opportunity to play great music, build on their reading and ensemble skills, and form lasting friendships.