PRESTO Summer String Orchestra Camp

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Camp Director: Judith Morse
Grades 2 – 5*
July 20 - 24
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Canceled - Join us Next Year!

PRESTO Summer String Orchestra Camp welcomes beginner-level violin, viola, cello and bass students who are entering grades 2 through 5 in the fall of 2020. Designed as an introduction to the Orchestra Ensemble experience, this fun filled week will provide a perfect opportunity for young string enthusiasts to play music together and make friends with other string players. PRESTO Summer String Orchestra Camp will conclude with a final performance on Friday where the students will showcase what they learned during the week and celebrate their accomplishments with their families and friends. All camp participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement in a special awards ceremony at the conclusion of camp.

Participants in PRESTO Summer String Orchestra Camp must be entering Grades 2 through 5 in the fall of 2020. *Exceptions to the grade prerequisite must be approved by the camp director.

Students should have a basic knowledge of first position on their instruments and preferably at least one year of private lessons or school instruction on their string instrument.

An audio or video tape is requested to properly select music that will benefit the level of all of the students participating in the PRESTO Summer String Orchestra Camp. The video clip should be no more than 2-3 minutes and should include the student playing a brief sample of a recent piece they have been studying and a scale that they are comfortable playing (1, 2 or 3 octaves). The video clip should be emailed to [email protected].

Drop-off for PRESTO String Orchestra Camp begins at 8:45AM. All of the students should be ready to start rehearsal as a full ensemble at 9AM. Students will break out into sectional rehearsals from 10AM - 10:45AM where the coaches will work with them on their music and help them with their parts. At 10:45AM the children will have a break to stretch and socialize. Parents should pack a nut-free snack along with water or juice to be enjoyed during this break. After snack-time, beginning music theory classes will provide an opportunity for the students to learn basic musicianship and new terminology as it relates to their instruments and the selections that they will be preparing for the final performance. From 11:30 AM - 12:20PM, all of the students will rehearse as a full orchestra again, adding the newly-learned musical concepts and terminology to the music. Parents will pick the children up at 12:30PM. The final performance on Friday, July 24 will begin at 11:45AM.

Private Lesson Option
If families are interested in having their child take private lessons during the summer, they can sign up through the Conservatory Summer Private Lesson Program to study with Westminster Conservatory faculty. Families can register online starting May 11, 2020.

PRESTO Summer String Orchestra Camp will be held in Princeton Hall on the Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton. Princeton Hall is the Westminster Conservatory building.

Fees Early Bird Discount (Register by May 15)
$295 $275

Fee includes a Westminster Conservatory t-shirt, music and music folder.

$50 Late Fee will be added to tuition for registrations accepted one week before camp starts.

A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due with the application. The balance of the fee is due by June 1. Registrations received after June 1 must pay in full. Cancellations after June 1 will receive a refund (less deposit, above) only if another student can be placed from a wait list.

*Maximum enrollment: 15