Arrival and Departure
Registration is between 4:00 and 5:30 on Sunday, June 18, followed by dinner, welcome, and a play-in for all students. Camp ends on Friday, June 23 with the final group and orchestra concerts in the morning and lunch at 12:30.†
Registration for the Chamber Music Institute is Sunday, June 18 at 12:00 and rehearsals begin at 1:00 PM.
Classes are scheduled between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Every studentís schedule is unique, depending on their playing level and elective classes.† Typically, students have a combination of morning and afternoon classes, with at least 1 or 2 free blocks of time for practice or recreation.† In the late afternoon there are solo recitals and additional time for recreation, and every evening we have a concert or special activity.
A review list for each instrument will be posted on the website by March 15. These pieces should be practiced and played from memory.† All students should have a polished piece and a working piece for their private lesson masterclass.† A polished piece is memorized, fluent, and has been played for a period of time.† A working piece is still in the stage of refinement and polishing.
All students have the option of playing on a solo recital, but it is not required. Students should register to play a polished piece (see description above) on a recital at the time of registration.† Recital piece changes may be made until June 1, after that date you may only withdraw from the recital.
Evening activities include a Student Recital (Monday), Family Talent Show (Tuesday)† Faculty Orchestra & Baroque Ball (Wednesday) Traditional Music & Dance Night, followed by campfire. (Thursday).† The final student chamber music concert is Thursday afternoon.
Non-Suzuki siblings are very welcome at camp, and are able to have an enriching experience by taking elective classes, participating in recreation and evening activities, and attending concerts.
Each student under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver who will be responsible for them at all times.† For young students the ideal situation is one adult per participating student, but when this is not possible the parent may need to move between classes.† Parents of younger students should plan to attend at least the core curriculum classes.† Teenage babysitters are sometimes available to help families with young children.
Our separate boys and girls teen cottages are for students age 12 and older who are attending camp without a parent, or with a parent who is staying with younger siblings. Students must be able to get themselves to their classes and practice independently. They are supervised by experienced adult counselors, who facilitate good behavior and positive interactions among students, and communicate with camp teachers and parents if there are issues or emergencies.† We typically have between 8-12 students in each cottage, and roommates are carefully matched according to age and other needs.†
Housing is in the renovated Maryland House, Pennsylvania House or nearby cottages.† There are various configurations of rooms to meet the needs of families of all sizes, although certain room types may fill up faster than others.† All rooms have private baths with a shower.† There is no air-conditioning, but nights are typically cool and comfortable. Meals are served buffet style in the historic hotel dining room, and a† vegetarian option is provided for all meat meals.† If you have specific dietary needs, please inform us in advance to make sure they can be accommodated.
We encourage families to stay at Shrine Mont, which allows students to get the most out of the camp experience.† If you choose to commute from home or stay at a nearby hotel or campground, there is a per-person commuter fee for use of the facilities and recreation.† The commuter fee does not include meals- you may eat on your own or purchase individual meals at the hotel desk. (Breakfast $10. Lunch and Dinner $14)
There is wireless internet access in the hotel lobby.† Cell phone service in Orkney Springs can be unreliable, but most people are able to find service in certain areas.† There are no televisions in the rooms or common areas.† We understand that adults may need computers and other devices for work purposes. We strongly encourage parents to commit to a technology-free week for their children and teens, as the use of devices changes the nature of the experience for everyone.† Please help to support each other in creating a special environment of music, play, and social interaction.
Recreation facilities include a large outdoor pool with fountains and gradual entry, (lifeguard on duty), miles of hiking and fitness trails, biking, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.† Daily Zumba or Yoga/Pilates classes are offered free of charge.† There is also Lake Laura and horseback riding facilities nearby.
A limited amount of scholarship assistance is available, and is based on financial need and merit considerations.† Please e-mail for information on how to apply.