Looking for a special musical experience for your child this summer? Westminster Conservatory of Music offers a wide array of camps and activities for children age 2 through high school.
This year’s offerings include three new programs: Summer Orchestra Week, Summer Band Week and Jazz Starters Camp.
Summer Orchestra and Band Weeks are designed for band and orchestra students in grades 4 through 6 who started studying an instrument in school the year and would like to continue playing in an ensemble during the summer. Students enrolled in the program will receive a small group lesson each day to prepare them for a large ensemble rehearsal. Campers will share what they’ve learned by presenting a concert the final day of camp. It’s an ideal program for students who want to improve their sight-reading skills, learn new songs, make friends from other schools and get a head start for the next school year.
The Jazz Starters Camp is for students in grades 5 through 8. The half-day program is a great opportunity for children with no prior jazz experience and who want to explore how to play jazz on their instrument. The program includes small group lessons, as well as specialty classes in jazz history and theory and drumming.
Additionally, the Conservatory will offer once again the camps that are popular with students from throughout the region. This includes early childhood camps for children between age 2 and grade 4, instrumental campus for students in grades 1 through 8, solo and chamber performance camps for grades 6 through 12, jazz camps for grades 5 through 12, and musical theater camps for grades 1 through 12. Programs are offered at the main Conservatory location on the Westminster Choir College campus and John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton borough and also at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. In addition to its summer camps, the Conservatory also offers a flexible summer schedule of private instruction in piano, voice, strings, classical and electric guitar, woodwinds and brass, as well as Suzuki piano and violin.
Established in 1970, Westminster Conservatory is the community music school of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, offering music instruction and community ensembles for all ages and stages of ability. To learn more about summer camps and year-round offerings, go to www.rider.edu/conservatory or call 609-921-7104. Discounted tuition is available through May 15.