Chamber Festival Camp

Ages: 12-18

Type: Camp, Instrumental

Term: Summer

Aug 26-30 (9 am to 3 pm)

Price:  $1200 per week

Location: BKCM

Open To: Intermediate and advanced students on all instruments including, strings, piano, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

Spend a week playing chamber music at BKCM’s new Chamber Festival Camp – a comprehensive program open to instrumentalists aged 12-18. 

This camp is tailored to intermediate and advanced players with strong reading skills and at least one year of experience playing in an ensemble. Guidelines for level include Suzuki Bk. 4+ or NYSSMA level 4 or higher, or equivalent.

Students will be grouped in mixed instrument settings of 2-5 players to fine-tune their ensemble skills and artistry while making friends. Participants will work with expert chamber coaches, and engage in an extensive schedule that includes supervised private and semi-private practice, as well as workshops that build the skills necessary for good chamber-playing: 

  • Practice strategies
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Reading skills
  • Music theory
  • Score analysis 
  • Music history

Students will be treated to chamber performances by faculty, and the week’s work is celebrated at a Friday performance.

An application, music teacher recommendation, and audition are required for acceptance to this camp. The application and teacher recommendation are due Friday, June 7th.  Auditions will be held in the spring. To schedule an audition, submit an application and we will be in touch about audition dates and teacher recommendation.

Audition Dates:

  • Sunday, June 2nd, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 9th, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 16th, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Sunday, June 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm

Audition Requirements:

  • One 2 or 3 octave scale of your choice, and accompanying arpeggio
  • One 2-4 minute piece of your choice that is an example of your skill and artistry

In both cases, a live sight-reading selection may be required.

Based on applicants and auditions, students will be placed in groups and receive music that is chosen to be both exciting and achievable at the beginning of the summer. It is recommended that accepted students bring their music to their private teacher to thoroughly learn it and arrive at camp with the music well-prepared.

Sample Daily Schedule (M-F):
9-9:10 a.m.: Arrival
9:10-9:40 a.m.: Whole Festival Sight-Reading Warmup
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Chamber Coaching Session 1 – Overview
10:50 – 11:20 a.m.: Guided private/semi-private practice
11:20-11:35 am: Snack
11:40 – 12:10 Faculty/Student/Guest Performances
12:15-12:45 Elective/Workshop: Read-In/Musicianship/theory/history/rounds/Yoga/Dalcroze
12:45-1:15pm: Lunch
1:20-2pm: Chamber Coaching Session #2
2:05-2:50: Workshop: Drama, Improv, Large ensemble