Ensemble And Class Options

D2

Ensembles

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: During 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. All students should enroll in all three periods in order to play in the orchestra. (offered during periods 1, 4, and 5)
  • Band: This is open to all who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The full ensemble meets two periods per day. (offered during periods 1 and 5)
  • Choir: A mixed-voice ensemble open to all which meets two periods per day. (offered during periods 2 and 6)

Orchestra, Choir and Band all perform in the final Grand Concert.

Classes and Workshops

Classes meet once each day, outside of the ensemble rehearsal times. With the few exceptions noted, 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 enrollments. Many classes do have enrollment limits, so early enrollment 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 following classes are our 2018 offerings:

Musical Class Offerings

  • Beginning Ukelele:  No prior experience is necessary. Students will work on learning basic chords to be able to play for their own enjoyment.  Students are welcome to bring their own ukulele, but instruments will be provided.  There is no performance element with this class. (offered during period 4)
  • 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 will have a performance on Friday. (offered during period 4)
  • Chamber Choir - Bass Clef: This select choir is for students who sing as a tenor or a bass. Admittance to the choir is by audition, and students who have enrolled will audition on registration day. (offered during period 3)
  • Chamber Choir - Treble Clef: This select choir is for students who sing as an alto or a soprano, regardless of student's gender. Admittance to the choir is by audition, and students who have enrolled will audition on registration day. (offered during period 3)
  • 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 at a performance on Friday. (offered during period 4)
  • Elements of Music: If you enjoy making music with others and would like to become a stronger musician, this is the class for you.  Join us for solfege games and fun with rhythm. There is no performance element to this class. (offered during period 3)
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory: 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 4)
  • Treble Vocal Ensemble: This choir is open to all interested treble clef voices. There is no audition required for this ensemble, which will learn and perform music written exclusively for the treble voices. The ensemble will have a performance on Friday. (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, have the chance to 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. Please note that you cannot enroll in this class at the time of enrollment.  Instead, you enroll in another class during period 3 and period 4, and if you are accepted for Jazz Band, you will be placed in one of the jazz bands instead of the class you chose. (one period per day, offered both period 3 and 4)
  • Jazz Improvisation: This class will cover the basics of jazz improvisation and theory for students who are not interested in auditioning for the performing jazz bands. All students auditioning, but not selected for the performing jazz bands will also have the chance to be enrolled in the jazz improvisation class during that period. (one period a day, offered both period 3 and 4)
  • Keyboard Workshop: This workshop is most useful for pianists and organists with a minimum of 2 years of lesson experience. 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. If a student wants to perform on the recital at the end of the week, they must come to camp with a memorized selection.  Performance on the recital is not a requirement. The two workshops are intended to be identical in proficiency level and types of material covered. (one period per day, offered both period 3 and 4)
  • Percussion Ensemble: An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written for large percussion ensembles. Percussion experience is required. The two ensembles are intended to be identical in terms of proficiency level and types of literature performed. The ensembles will have a performance on Friday. (one period per day, offered both period 3 and 4)
  • Vocal Performance: 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. (one period per day, offered both period 3 and 4)
  • Woodwind Choir: An ensemble devoted to learning and performing music written or arranged for large woodwind ensemble. Open without audition to all woodwind players. The ensemble will have a performance on Friday. (offered during period 3)

Art and Theater Class Offerings

  • Clay Sculpture: Basic clay sculpture technique workshop for 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)
  • Digital Photography: Learn the history of photography and how to create great images through improved composition and design elements. Bring your own camera—cell phone through digital SLRs are accepted. (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. (offered during period 1)
  • 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)
  • Theatre Games: This theatre 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)

 Dance Class Offerings

  • Learn Your Body (Dance 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. (offered during period 1)
  • Composing Dance (Dance 2): 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. (offered during period 3)
  • Dance Company (Dance 3): This week-long workshop offers a practical opportunity to develop performance skills. Learning contemporary dance combinations and techniques along with tools for creating an ensemble and more will be incorporated into the process. Selected choreography will be showcased in a public performance at the end of the session. (offered during period 5)
  • Show Choir: Show Choir is a class designed for those with an interest in gaining show choir dance experience.  Taught by show choir veterans, campers with both limited and abundant show choir experience will be taught techniques valuable to school show choir programs of every ability level. No audition is required and the class performs as part of the dance theatre/dance showcase. (one period per day, offered both period 1 and 5)