Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp

Suggested Packing List


Temperatures in Orkney Springs can be quite variable (it is typically in the 80’s during the day and cools off at night), so please be prepared for different kinds of weather including the possibility of cool nights.  Rooms have fans, but you may want to bring an extra fan.


You must provide your own sheets and towels. A list of room assignments will be emailed the week before camp, so you know what type of beds you have in order to bring appropriate sheets.


Cash for miscellaneous purchases and tips (there are no ATM’s in Orkney Springs)

Bedding (sheets and pillowcases)

Towels (bath and pool towels)

Water Bottles/Coffee Mug

Instruments & Accessories (shoulder rest, rock stop, cello chair, etc.)

Suzuki and other relevant music

Extra strings

Parent notebook

Music stand (if you are taking orchestra, chamber music, or need one for practice)

Rain attire and umbrella



Bug Spray

Extra clothes– kids can get dirty at camp!



Blankets/Pillows (these are provided but many families bring their own)

Extra Fan



Sports equipment (tennis rackets, balls, frisbees, etc.)

Board games



Snacks/Drinks/Cooler (there is an ice machine)

Bike/Scooter and helmet (helmets are required)

Fishing gear

Rubber boots and fishing nets

Laundry Soap (there are machines up the hill)

Parents: bring your instrument if you play one!


We strongly encourage parents to make camp an electronics-free week for their children, and to leave electronics in the car.  Many families choose to do this, as they can be a distraction from the musical and social experience of camp.




Repertoire List 2024



Book 1: All                                                                                                                                                                         

Book 2:  Long, Long Ago, Minuet 1, Chorus from JM, Musette, Witches Dance Gossec Gavotte               

Book 3: Moon Over Ruined, Boccherini Minuet, Beethoven Minuet, Minuet 3. La Cinquantaine

Book 4: Bréval Sonata mvt. 2 (Rondo), Marcello Sonata, Bach Minuets                                                       

Book 5: Danse Rustique, Rondo from Goltermann Concerto                                                                         

Book 6: Vivaldi Allegro, Breval Concerto                                                                                                          

Book 7: Bach Bourees, Sicilienne                                                                                                                               

Book 8: Sammartini 2nd and 3rd movement,  Allegro Appassionato, Van Goens Scherzo



Book 1: All

Book 2: Long, Long Ago, A Toye, Paganini Andante, Carruli Allegretto, Waltz

Book 3: Nonesuch, Packington’s Pound, Ghirribizzo, Calliope, Celeste y Blanco

Book 4: Giuliani Allegro, Sor Etude, Lesson for Two Lutes, Bourée

Book 5: Waltz Espagnol, Maria Luisa, Sor Minuet

Book 6: Guardame las vacas, Carcassi Etude

Book 7: Cimarossa Sonata



Book 1: All

Book 2: Musette, Long Long Ago, Bourée, Witches Dance, Lully Gavotte, Boccherini Minuet

Book 3: Bach Minuet, Humoresque, Gavotte in D Major

Book 4: Seitz Concerto No. 2 mvt. 3, Vivaldi A Minor mvt. 1, Bohm Perpetual Motion

Book 5: Gavotte, Concerto in G Minor mvt. 1, Veracini Gigue

Book 6: La Folia, Fiocco Allegro

Book 7: Corelli Courante, Corelli Allegro

Book 8: Eccles Sonata mvt. 1 & 2



Book 1: All

Book 2: Musette, Long Long Ago, Bourée, Witches Dance, Lully Gavotte

Book 3: Bach Minuet, Humoresque, Gavotte by Bach

Book 4: Telemann Concerto in D Major

Book 5: Nina, Four French Dances

Book 6: Fiocco Allegro, Hungarian Dance







Camp registration is from 4:00 to 5:30 PM on Sunday, June 16. Registration is on the porch of the Orkney Springs Hotel, the large four-story building on the left as you enter the camp. Classes begin Monday, June 17 at 8:30 AM.  Check-in for Blue Ridge Chamber Music Institute is Sunday, June 16 between 12:00 and 12:30 PM.



Camp ends Friday, June 21 with final orchestra and group concerts beginning at 9:30 AM, followed by lunch.  Please plan to stay for the concerts, as they are an important closing to the week.  Family and friends are welcome to attend, and may purchase lunch at the hotel desk. (please let the front desk know by breakfast).  The student chamber music concert is Thursday afternoon, June 20.



Classes are scheduled between  8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.  Each student’s schedule is unique, and will include a private lesson masterclass, group repertoire class, and musicianship class. Many students also have an elective and/or chamber music.  Typically, students have a combination of morning and afternoon classes, with one or two free periods for practice or recreation. Parents of younger students should plan to attend classes, take notes, and practice with their child.  The schedule will also include student recitals, parent sessions, evening activities, and free time for recreation. Parents of more than one student may need to move between classes.



Suzuki Students should review the pieces from the 2024 Repertoire list- teachers will choose pieces from this list for the Sunday evening Play-In and daily group classes. All students should come to camp with a polished piece and a  working piece to play for their masterclass teacher. Polished means that the piece is thoroughly learned, fluent, and memorized.  A working piece is a piece they are working on refining and polishing. Please consult your teacher to choose your pieces.



Students may choose to play on a solo recital if we are given recital piece information at time of registration, or by June 1.  Piano accompaniments to pieces outside of the Suzuki repertoire must be emailed by June 1. Students should only register for a recital if they have a piece that is well polished and memorized.  Due to limited rehearsal time, it is ideal if the student has previously performed the piece with piano.



The tentative schedule of evening activities is: Monday: Student Recital/Ice Cream Social. Tuesday: Family Variety Show Wednesday: 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert Thursday: Traditional Music Night & Square Dance followed by bonfire.



Families are housed in Maryland House, Pennsylvania House, and nearby smaller cottages.  Rooms have private baths with showers. You are responsible for bringing your own sheets & towels, blankets and pillows are provided.



Meals are served buffet style in the Shrine Mont dining room. For meals where meat is the main course a vegetarian option will be available. Please let us know at least  4 weeks in advance if you have any dietary allergies, to make sure this can be accommodated. There is a small store in Orkney Springs to buy snacks and drinks, but we recommend that families bring extra snacks. 



Facilities include a large gradual-entry swimming pool, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, sand volleyball court, basketball court and recreation fields. Many people bring bikes and scooters to camp. 



There is a policy of no smoking in any of the buildings at Shrine Mont. Beer and wine are not allowed in public areas. No pets (except seeing eye dogs) are allowed.  Skateboards and rollerblades are not allowed. 



There is wireless internet access in the hotel lobby, but individual rooms do not typically have internet. Important or emergency messages may be left at the Shrine Mont office at (540) 856-2141, and the staff will get you the message.



Please email Director Katherine Wiley at or call (336) 926-0406 (email is the preferred and fastest way of reaching us).

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¨ Repertoire List-2024

¨ Blue Ridge Camp Information-2024

¨ Suggested Packing List


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