Sunday, July 29, 2012

One more week of core camp... then what?

Every summer, one ensemble librarian stays for an extra two weeks after the main camp to work with the Adult Band Camp and Adult Chamber Music Camp. This year, that librarian is me! :) 

Adult Band Camp (ABC) is a six day experience. More than seventy adults come to Interlochen from all over the country, and many of them have been coming for years. Musicians will get to participate in master classes with the faculty, participate in chamber music rehearsals, and of course play in the full band. The full band rehearses every day, and concludes on the sixth day with a concert open to the public.

Adult Chamber Music Camp (ACM) is a week long program. Participants can choose one of two tracks: "Horizons," which allows participants to read a lot of music with many different players, or "Polestar," which allows participants to focus on a few pieces with the same group of musicians. This year's theme is "The Joy of Discovery." ACM permits up to two hundred musicians, which means that there are quite a few chamber groups. It will be a challenge to manage that much music, but it's nothing I can't handle! :)

There will be daily chamber music performances as well, featuring ACM faculty and the Enso String Quartet, the artists-in-residence. I'm really looking forward to getting such exposure to chamber music. I think it will be an amazing learning experience.

The last of the music for the core camp is out, so I've been able to get a head start on preparing music for the Adult Band Camp. There are seventeen pieces to prepare, so it's a lot of work...

For those of you counting, yes, there are more than seventeen carcasses of music there. The middle stack of five carcasses is all ONE piece, Johann de Meij's Lord of the Rings. It's one of my favorite band pieces ever and I love talking about it, so I will probably post more about it at a later time.

For now, though, it's back to work!

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