Hard to believe with the weather we’ve been having recently, but the time has come to start thinking about plans for the coming summer. For students ranging from Book 4 through the advance concerto level, we hope you’ll factor the WSSTE/NSS Summer Chamber Music Camp into your plans. Chamber music is a great way to develop stronger reading skills, collaborate with peers, develop musical independence and artistry, and have a ton of fun making music.
The 2019 camp will take place between Monday, June 10 and Friday, June 14, at the Naperville Suzuki School, with a culminating performance at 7pm on the 14th in Western Springs. The daily schedule includes an hour of independent rehearsal for each chamber ensemble, an hour of coaching time with a faculty member, an hour of music theory, a conductor-less orchestra in which students are playing side-by-side with faculty, as well as masterclasses and exercises in team building and score analysis.
In addition, this year we are excited to include a Wednesday evening field trip to the Pritzker Pavilion to hear WSSTE Alum Ben Beilman play Prokofiev with the Grant Park Symphony, (if you’ve never heard Ben play, you won’t want to miss it!). There will also be a guest masterclass with Allegra Wermuth, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Colorado Symphony.
I really liked chamber camp. It was a chance to make me a better violinist, but also to have fun. I like the music we play and the teachers.
Owen, two-time chamber camp participant
Chamber camp is a great mix of instruction in both playing and musical theory. The kids learn to work together in their groups and really drive the artistic direction themselves. The instructors include team-building activities and general play to keep the kids moving and engaged. I love the end-of-camp concert—the groups always sound amazing.
Owen’s Mother, Rita
We loved the 2018 Summer Chamber Music Camp! Our daughter is looking forward [to] another one this summer! She was very happy when she passed the audition last year, thrilled [to receive] the acceptance letter with the new violin pieces she needed to learn and perform, excited to go to each day of rehearsal and really enjoyed the concert at the end. We saw a lot of growth and improvement with our daughter in such a very short time. Great experience!