All campers are required to participate in at least one of the large ensembles. The weekly schedule is set up to accommodate students who want to perform in both an instrumental ensemble (band or orchestra) and choir. All ensembles are open to all campers, but there will be chair-placement auditions after registration for instrumentalists involved in orchestra and/or band. Students should bring a short, prepared piece to play for the audition.
Orchestra: At the Middle School Camp, this is a string-only ensemble. The full ensemble meets two periods per day, with a third period devoted to sectional rehearsals.
Band: This is open to all who play wind and percussion instruments. The full ensemble meets two periods per day.
Choir: A mixed-voice ensemble which meets two periods per day.
Orchestra, Choir and Band all perform in the final Grand Concert.
Classes meet once each day, outside of the ensemble rehearsal times. With the few exceptions noted below, there are no prerequisites for any of these classes. Students are encouraged to take one class each class period (periods 3 & 4), and to list a second-choice class for each period in case their first-choice class has already been filled by earlier registrants. Many classes do have enrollment limits, so early registration is suggested.
Recognizing that there may be a variety of experience and ability among the students in each class, the camp philosophy will be to try to individualize each class so that every student can be challenged, and move a step beyond whatever level they were at at the beginning of the camp week.
Please note the classes listed below were our 2015 offerings:
From App to Art: Using iPads, students will explore a variety of useful visual art apps to create a unique character through digital illustration. iPads will be provided for this class (one period per day, offered Period 1 only).
Mask Making: Make a three-dimensional fantasy mask using artists’ materials. Learn how to design and create a larger-than-life mask or headdress that communicates a character. Students will experiment with various traditional and non-traditional materials in making a mask (one period per day, offered both Period 3 and 4).
Process of Design: Students will learn about and experience the process of design, beginning with basic drawing and branching out into other media (one period per day, offered both Period 3 and 4).
Screenprinting Studio: Screenprinting is a design transfer tool used often for mass-producing images on paper, wood and fabric. Come learn some easy screen-printing techniques creating your own one-of-a-kind T-shirt (one period per day, offered both Period 3 and 4).
Stop Motion Animation: Learn how to merge many still pictures into a movie of moving pictures. Students will create their own short movie using everyday objects to tell a story (one period per day, offered both Period 3 and 4).
Theater Games: This theater improvisation class opens the door to creativity and imagination in a fun and supportive environment, playfully developing the skills needed for performance (offered during Period 3 only).
Learn Your Body (Dance 1, offered during period 1): Do you love to move? Do you want to know more about how your body moves? Learn to move with ease and creativity as you experience the art of movement! Students will perform a group movement score at the end of the session.
Composing Dance (Dance 2, offered during period 3): You know about music composers and how they create. Now, learn how to compose for dance. Come share your creative ideas for making dance. Only your imagination is required! Students will showcase their dance compositions at the end of the session.
Dance for Musical Theatre (Dance 3, offered during period 5): This class will focus on learning choreography to a song from a musical. Open to dancers at every level of dance experience. Selected choreography will be showcased in a public performance at the end of the session.
Brass Choir: An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written or arranged for large brass ensemble. Open without audition to all brass players. The ensemble performs as part of the Thursday night Variety Show (offered during Period 4).
Composition: Students learn the basic musical vocabulary of a composer and work to compose a piece of their own choice during the week (offered during Period 3).
Electronic Music: Students will use some of the computer programs and electronic equipment in Luther’s electronic music studio to learn about the world of electronically-generated sound. They will have the opportunity to create an electronic piece of their own. Compositions ready by the end of the week will be presented during the Friday night recital (offered during Period 4).
Elements of Music: This is a music theory class, in which students study some of the tools and techniques and terminology used in creating music. There is no composition required or expected (offered during Period 3).
Enjoyment of Music: This is a music-appreciation type class, in which students will get an overview of Western musical history and the ways in which it has developed and changed up to the present time. There is no performance element to this class (offered during Period 4).
Flute Choir: An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written and arranged for the various members of the flute family. There is a maximum size for the ensemble, so an on-site audition is required for membership. The ensemble performs as part of the Thursday night Variety Show (offered during Period 4).
Girls’ Vocal Ensemble: This choir is open to all interested females. There is no audition required for this ensemble, which will learn and perform music written exclusively for the female voice. The ensemble performs as part of the Thursday night Variety Show (offered during Period 3).
Guitar Workshop: A class for students with some background in acoustic, classical guitar. Students will work on solo and ensemble music from traditional classical guitar literature. Students are expected to provide their own acoustic guitar. The ensemble will perform in the Friday evening recital (offered during Period 3).
Harp Workshop: A class for students with a good background in harp lesson and performance. Students are expected to provide their own lever or pedal harp. Performance opportunities for solo and ensemble literature will be offered, depending on the number and proficiency of workshop members (offered during Period 3).
Jazz Bands: Interested students are encouraged to audition during Sunday registration for these ensembles. The bands are intended to be identical in proficiency level, size and musical variety performed. All students auditioning, but not selected for the performing jazz groups, will automatically be enrolled in a jazz improv/theory class during that period. In that way, every student wanting a jazz experience while at camp will be able to have one (offered one period per day: Blue Band in Period 3, White Band in Period 4).
Keyboard Workshop (A & B): This workshop is open only to pianists and organists with some lessons and performance experience. A list of study/performance literature will be requested, and approval for workshop membership will be granted based on that list. Students will play for each other in the class setting, and will also be required to take private lessons during Camp on either piano or organ. Students not familiar with the organ will have a chance to get acquainted with it during the course of the week. The two workshops are intended to be identical in proficiency level and types of material covered (offered one period per day: Workshop A during Period 3; Workshop B during Period 4).
Percussion Ensemble (A & B): An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written for large percussion ensembles. No percussion experience is necessary, although more complicated parts will be assigned to experienced players. The two ensembles are intended to be identical in terms of proficiency level and types of literature performed. The ensembles perform during the Friday evening recital (offered one period per day: Workshop A during Period 3; Workshop B during Period 4).
Vocal Performance (A & B): A workshop devoted to learning about the voice and safe, productive ways to use it musically. Items covered may range from safe warm-up techniques to proper breathing and from breath control to sound projection. Group and individual singing may be required. Many return campers repeat this class year after year as their voices change and mature. The two periods are intended to be identical (offered one period per day: Workshop A during Period 3; Workshop B during Period 4).
Woodwind Choir: An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written or arranged for large woodwind ensemble. Open without audition to all brass players. The ensemble performs as part of the Thursday night Variety Show (offered during Period 3).