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 and 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 Band. Students should bring a prepared piece to play for the audition.
Orchestra: At the Middle School Camp, this is a string-only ensemble. The full ensemble meets twice each 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 twice each day.
Choir: A mixed-voice ensemble which meets twice each day.
Orchestra, Band, and Choir all perform on 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.
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 to. Students should also sign up for Choir. Sign up early! (Includes Periods 1,3, 4 and 5 every day)
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 stud 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 limted. 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.
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 the beginning of the Camp week.
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).
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. (Offered during Period 3 only)
Making a Movie: Students will create a 2-4 minute film, learning the whole process from writing to story-boarding to filming and editing. (Offered during Period 4 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).
(Offered during Period 1 only)
(Offered during Period 3 only)
(Offered during Period 5 only)
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 anon-site audition is required for membership. The ensemble performs as part of the Thursday night Variety Show. (Offered during Period 4).
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 t 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 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. (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).