Friday, June 24, 2011

Another Music Camp

We hadn't planned on having another music/strings camp the very next week after our last one on June 13....but despite missing crucial deadlines and thus assuming we weren't in....I receive a phone call Monday morning about where C was to show up for class....when I said we weren't coming I next get a call from the director who tells me in no uncertain terms that C was expected and they really needed her in the cello section, etc!  So very obediently, (we negotiated certain parameters of attendance - only afternoons due to previously set engagements in the mornings - and C got a scholarship), we showed up on time at the first class - 2pm!  At first C was annoyed that this was suddenly thrust on her at short notice - especially after we had decided not to attend it, but she gradually warmed up through the week (as I knew she would) - music is a language of love for her! 

Again, we learned so much, including a very informative seminar on practice. I hope we can implement a lot of those ideas!

Her chamber quartet coach was Mrs. Amy Tyson.  Excellent violinist and teacher from Denver, CO.  She said C was funny and I heard her laughing a lot.  (C still can't remember what was so funny or what she said that was so funny - little shnitzel!).

Since she didn't do the auditions for placement, they placed her in a quartet they thought would fit OK, and she worked with that one all week.  The camp went through Thursday with the final concert Thursday night.  Well, that's enough talking.  Here are a few photos from the week.

The director at the sign-in desk!

The first class was on body awareness or something similar - you can tell a lot about C's attitude by the body posture!

The welcome picnic, Monday evening.

Very useful seminar on practice

One night we had a reading of Mendelssohn's Octett. (C was home in bed in the evenings).

We sat in a circle and a few sat in the middle to hear the sound.  Anyone was invited to play along (which is why I was there playing cello).

The youngest ones - in the camp called "Insight"

Older ones in the "At First Sight" camp.  This is on Thursday night at the final concert.

After the orchestra pieces, the stage was set up for the quartets and other configurations.

Cello choir
C's quartet (they had to "reschedule" and move this quartet to near the end as C realized she'd left her music at home!  Talk about a panic.  At least we only live 5 miles away!)
3 happy cellists
Cute, aren't they?
So, it all ended on a happy note, I'm relieved to say!!

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