Ensemble and Class Options


All campers are required to participate in at least one of the large ensembles, along with classes, unless they are enrolled in either the Music Theatre Workshop or the Acting Company Workshop. The weekly schedule is set up to accommodate students who want to perform in both band and choir, or wind players who want to perform in both band and orchestra. The choir and band are open to all who are interested, without audition. The orchestra is open to all string players, without audition, but wind and percussion players must audition for orchestra membership. There will be chair-placement auditions right after registration for instrumentalists involved in orchestra and band. Students should bring a prepared piece to play for the audition. 

Orchestra: At the Senior High Camp, this is a full symphonic ensemble. The full ensemble meets twice each day (Periods 1 & 4), with a third period (Period 5) devoted to sectional rehearsals for string players only. The orchestra gives a final performance on Saturday as part of the final Grand Concert.

Band: This is open to all who play wind and percussion instruments. The full ensemble meets twice each day, with a final performance on Saturday afternoon, as part of the final Grand Concert.

Choir: This mixed-voice ensemble meets twice each day and performs on Saturday as part of the final Grand Concert.


Workshops are classes which meet multiple periods each day. Membership is limited in size, and auditions are required for admission to some of the workshops.

Please note the workshops listed below were our 2015 offerings. The 2016 workshops will be similar, but the exact offerings have not been finalized. 

Theatre 1 - Acting Company: This week-long workshop offers a practical opportunity to develop acting skills. Audition technique, voice and speech, physical exploration of character, tools for creating an ensemble, and more will be incorporated into the process. Participation is by enrollment and is limited to sixteen. Students should also sign up for choir. Sign up early (includes Periods 1, 3, 4, and 5 everyday).

Guitar Workshop: For students with some background in acoustic, classical guitar. Students will work two hours each day on classical technique, as well as solo and ensemble music from traditional, classical guitar literature. Students are expected to provide their own acoustic guitar. The ensemble will perform on the Friday evening recital (offered both Period 3 & 4 each day. Students must sign up for both).

Harp Workshop: The Harp Program is for harpists with some lesson experience on either the pedal or lever harp. Workshops and lessons will include technique, theory/ear-training, and orchestral/harp ensemble performances (includes Periods 3 and 5 every day).

Keyboard Workshop: This workshop is open to experienced pianists and organists. Students will concentrate on the instrument of their choice, but will have the opportunity to work on piano, organ and harpsichord. Class time will be devoted to study of repertoire, technique, keyboard history and how to teach beginning students. Pianists will be selected for the workshop through recorded auditions, which must be postmarked or sent electronically by May 20. Organists are not required to send an audition recording. Workshop participants will perform in the Friday evening recital. Private piano or organ lessons at camp are also required (includes Periods 1, 4, and 5 every day).

Music Theatre: Designed for serious vocalists interested in developing solo singing and acting skills. Choreography, acting and music will be learned during the week. Students are assigned parts in a condensed version of a Broadway show, to be performed at the Grand Concert on Saturday. Enrollment is limited. An audition recording (any format) is required by May 20, which should include one song that best highlights the student’s capabilities. The song does not have to be from a musical. Workshop participants may also participate in Chamber Choir (by audition) and/or the large Choir.


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.

Please note the classes listed below were our 2015 offerings. The 2016 classes will be similar, but the exact offerings have not been finalized. 

Art, Theater and Dance

Art: Mask Making: Make a three-dimensional fantasy mask using found and 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: Basic clay sculpture technique will be taught to students at all levels of experience. Students will be assigned a basic project idea, which they will adapt to create their own sculpture. Projects will be kiln-fired and will be available for class members to take home at the end of camp (one period per day, offered both Period 3 and 4).

3D Computer Modeling/Character Design
: In this course we will evolve hand drawn sketches into digital 3D models. Students will use digital sculpting to create high resolution 3D models and learn how to create digital content that could be used for animations, games, or 3D printing.

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 by 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 (offered during Period 3 only).

Scenic Painting: Students will learn theatrical scenic painting techniques that are employed to create images such as faux bricks, stone, wood, leaves, wallpaper, and marble (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.

Music Classes

Chamber Choir: A choir of approximately 24 voices, selected by audition after Sunday registration, which meets daily to learn literature more suited for a small ensemble. The audition process is intended to identify voices that match well, so there is nothing that should, or can, be prepared in advance. The ensemble will perform on Saturday at the Grand Concert (offered by audition during Period 3).

Composition: Class members will work on individual composition projects of their choice, guided by camp faculty. Completed compositions may be presented during end-of-week performances. The class is open to both beginning and experienced composers. (offered during Period 3).

Note: Private composition lessons are now also available to serious composers at the same cost as instrumental, vocal or dance lessons.

Conducting: Techniques of conducting will be introduced at whatever levels the class members need. There will be opportunities for critiques and for student conductors to lead a live ensemble (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).

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).

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.

Improvisation: A jazz theory and techniques class geared for students who have not had a great deal of background or experience in improvisation. Basics will be covered, and students will have opportunities to try out what they are learning in front of their classmates (offered during Period 4).

Intermediate Jazz Improvisation: A class geared toward the more-experienced jazz performer, with emphasis on more-advanced theory and technique of improvisation (offered during Period 4).

Jazz Band: A performing ensemble, selected by Sunday on-site audition, which works on a variety of jazz styles and techniques through standard jazz literature. The group performs on Saturday as part of the Grand Concert (offered during Period 3).

Music Theory: Students will explore the techniques and language of music theory in this class. Material covered will vary, according to the previous theory experience of the students enrolled, and should be valuable to both composers and performers. There is no performance component to the class (offered during Period 3).

Musical Styles: A music appreciation-style class, in which campers will be exposed to the sounds, history, and theory of many musical styles which surround us every day. There is no performance component to this class (offered during Period 4).

Percussion Ensemble: An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written for large percussion ensembles. No percussion experience or audition is necessary, although more complicated parts will be assigned to more experienced players. The ensemble will perform during the Friday evening recital (offered during Period 3).

Vocal Performance: A workshop devoted to learning about the voice and safe, productive ways to use it musically. Students will not learn to perform specific literature. Instead, items covered may range from safe warm-up techniques to proper breathing, 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 (offered during Period 4).

Woodwind Choir: A performance ensemble open without audition to any and all woodwind instruments. The ensemble will rehearse and perform music written or arranged exclusively for large woodwind ensembles. They will perform as part of the Thursday evening Variety Show (offered during Period 3).