A Fun Introduction to Symphony & Jazz Orchestra!

The VYOA is thrilled to announce that Summer Symphony Camp has been reimagined and is scheduled to take place this June. To accommodate for social distancing requirements due to Covid-19, the camp will be offered twice a day with a partnering 90 minute online session. Summer Symphony Camp welcomes students entering grades 5 through 9 for a weeklong intensive that focuses on fundamentals and bringing musicians together for in-person music-making. Students entering grades 5 & 6 will attend morning sessions and students entering grades 7-9 will attend afternoon sessions. Each camp will come to a close with and end-of-camp concert that will be live streamed from the performance hall of the Elley-Long Music Center. The two camps will serve different playing levels. We will put you in touch with our camp director, Berta Frank, if you have questions regarding camp placement. There will be limited electives offered.

VYOA Summer Symphony Camp is a great way to introduce young musicians to symphony and jazz orchestra. This will be the case again this year! This week-long program is designed to provide a fun and supportive environment for exploring these new avenues of ensemble playing.  All students will participate in both orchestras, performing a wide range of musical styles and giving them an opportunity to experiment with different musical genres. Camp will offer limited in-person electives and daily 90-minute online coachings when they are not in person.

2021 VYOA Summer Symphony Camp

Dates: June 21-25, 2021
Location: Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College
Camp Director: Berta Frank

Ensemble Conductors: Kathleen Kono (Symphony Orchestra) and Adam Sawyer (Jazz Orchestra)
End-of-camp concert: June 25th, time TBD!

Tuition for Summer Symphony Camp 2021: $275
Please note that a $50 non-refundable registration fee is included within the tuition.  Please refer to the registration form for our full cancellation policy.

Who Can Attend Summer Symphony Camp?
Camp is intended for students entering grade 5 – 9 with one year of playing experience. There is an exception for string players who are entering 5th grade and have one year experience. Due to this year’s approach to camp, placement requirements will be posted by March 1, 2021.

HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Complete online registration form. Make sure to indicate if you are attending the morning camp (Camp Mansfield) or afternoon camp (Camp Champlain).
  2. Families will be emailed a follow-up packet in April with your Medical Form, Electives Form, and Skills Assessment Form (to be filled out by student’s private or school music teacher)
  3. Complete and return all forms to the VYOA office by Friday, May 28th, along with payment to finalize registration.

INTERESTED IN FINANCIAL AID? 
Several generous sponsors make it possible for us to provide scholarship support to students on the basis of need. Email info@vyo.org for a copy of the Financial Aid application. Application and all supporting materials, including the $50 registration fee, must be received by Friday, May 28th.

Camp Mansfield (entering grades 5 or 6 with at least one year of experience):

8:30am – 11:30am, Elley-Long Music Center

  • 50 minute Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 50 minute Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 45 minute Elective

Afternoon online sessions – 90 minutes

  • Sectional coaching (45 minutes)
  • Music Theory (45 minutes)

Playing Requirements

String students:

  • Proficient playing in the keys of D, G, and C
  • Introduction to playing in the key of F
  • Introduction to rhythms with eighth note combinations, dotted rhythms and ties

Band students:

  • Proficient playing in the keys of Concert B-flat and E-flat
  • Introduction to the keys of F and C
  • Introduction to rhythms with eighth note combinations, dotted rhythms, and ties

Camp Champlain (entering grades 7 – 9 and have at least one year of experience):

Morning online sessions – 90 minutes

  • Sectional coaching (45 minutes)
  • Music Theory (45 minutes)

1:30pm – 4:30pm, Elley-Long Music Center

  • 50 minute Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 50 minute Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 45 minute Elective

String students:

  • Proficient playing in the keys of  D, G, A, and C Major
  • Experience playing in the keys of F, Bb, and Eb Major
  • Experience with eighth note combinations, and ties, dotted rhythms, and triplets

Band students:

  • Proficient playing in the keys of Concert B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat
  • Introduction to playing in the keys of F, C, and G
  • Knowledge of the chromatic scale in one octave
  • Experience with eighth note combinations, and ties, dotted rhythms, and triplets