This June 10-14, 24 students ages 10-17 participated in the third annual Summer Chamber Music Camp at the Naperville Suzuki School.
During this week of intensive study, students prepare a movement of chamber repertoire in trios, quartets and quintets; play in a conductorless chamber orchestra led by faculty principals; attend supplemental sessions in music theory, music history, and improvisation; participate in daily team-building activities; perform in a masterclass with a guest artist; and conclude the week in a concert for friends and family.
Every morning of camp begins with a two-hour block of ensemble rehearsal and coaching. Students spend an hour working under careful faculty direction, and an additional rehearsing as a team in their small ensembles. This experience not only provides students with the opportunity for musical growth, but also important lessons in teamwork, ownership and complex independent problem-solving.
“This summer was my first year coming to chamber camp, so I was a little nervous and not exactly sure what to expect coming in, but I made so many friends, learned a ton, and it was just such a fun experience. I am definitely going to audition again this year!
Anjana Ramachandran, First-time Camper, 14 years old
After their morning rehearsals, students break into groups to attend their daily rotation of supplemental classes. This year, students partook in three intensive sessions in music theory, and two sessions of Creative Ability Development led by faculty Maeve O’Hara.
For the last morning hour, all students and faculty come together for the Student/Faculty Chamber Orchestra rehearsal. This conductorless ensemble, led by faculty principals Maeve O’Hara, Vicki Szczepaniak, Ryan Caparella, and Alex Revoal, affords students a singularly unique experience for large-scale chamber playing. It never ceases to amaze our faculty the incredible level of section playing and sensitivity these students demonstrate - a true testament to how well the Suzuki group class experience trains our students to be excellent and attentive orchestral section players!
After a much welcome lunch hour, students finish off their afternoons with team building games and activities before an end-of-day masterclass where students have the chance to present the work they accomplished that day, work out performance jitters, and receive additional feedback from camp faculty.
“My daughter Miya surprised herself at how much she learned AND enjoyed her second year at chamber camp! The faculty expertly interwove the skills of music theory, relationship building and constructive communication, all in a short span of time. Almost wish the chamber camp was for two weeks! =)
Kristen Yoon, Suzuki Mom
This year, we were thrilled to provide two especially unique opportunities for our campers - a field trip to see the Grant Park Symphony, and a masterclass with Allegra Wermuth, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Colorado Symphony.
On Wednesday night, about twenty camp students and parents braved unfortunately rainy weather, heading into Chicago to see the Grant Park Symphony at Millennium Park. This concert was an especially exciting opportunity as WSSTE Alumnus Ben Beilman headlined the concert, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Ben’s playing was so inspiring, we nearly forgot we were sitting in the rain!
On Thursday, our end-of-day masterclass was led by guest artist Allegra Wermuth, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Colorado Symphony. It was so gratifying to see our students perform so well for Allegra, and equally inspiring to watch Allegra push every ensemble to even higher levels of artistry.
Camp concluded with a Friday evening concert featuring each small ensemble and the Student/Faculty Chamber Orchestra presenting all of the week’s phenomenal work. Every year these students truly outdo themselves, and this year was no exception. It has been nothing short of an inspiration to see the results of our student's immense dedication and work ethic year after year. We were so thrilled by the results of this program's third year, and we are already excitedly planning for our fourth year next summer!
Mark your calendars now, 2020 Summer Chamber Music Camp at the Naperville Suzuki School will run from July 13-17.
Audition Date TBA Spring 2020 - Stay tuned for details!