This residential camp is for middle school and high school wind and percussion students. Participants perform in a band, study with faculty from the Lawrence Academy of Music and Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, attend performances, and enjoy recreational activities on campus.
A day at camp includes two band rehearsals, a musicianship class, small group instruction, an arts-related exploration class, a rehearsal with the camp choir, and recreation time. To foster their individual skills, private lessons are available to all students on a first-come, first-served basis daily. Students are housed in Lawrence University residence halls and have meals at the Warch Campus Center.
Each evening features a performance, including a guest ensemble, faculty recital and exploration hour presentations. The Finale Concert in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel on Saturday features all bands and the choir. These performances are free and open to the public; parents, teachers, and friends may attend any of the musical performances without charge.
Open to middle and high school wind and percussion students who have played the instrument for at least one year.
Elective Exploration Hour classes provide the opportunity to explore a new or favorite topic. Please click to see examples of offerings from previous camps.
- Performance Focus - This class is for students in grades 10-12. Members of this class will need to bring along a prepared Class A or B solo with accompaniment. The week will include master classes and information about preparing for a music school audition. Must be a first choice.
- Music Education Focus - This class is for students in grades 10-12. If you have ever considered becoming a music teacher, join this focus area to learn more. Topics include music education games, conducting, and the opportunity to interact with current music education students. Must be a first choice.
- Chamber Music - This class is for students in grades 10-12. Students will be placed in small performance groups, the makeup of which will depend upon registration. Rehearsal techniques and listening skills are emphasized during rehearsals.
- Beginning Guitar - Learn to play the acoustic guitar! Suitable for beginners and semi-beginners. Students may bring their own guitars, although a limited number of instruments are available for the class.
- Musical Theatre - Spend the week singing, dancing, and acting as you prepare a group scene for performance.
- Jazz Ensemble - Members are selected by audition on Sunday afternoon. Those not selected for the jazz ensemble will be placed in their second choice class. Piano, bass, guitar, and drum set performers are needed as well as wind players. Must be a first choice.
- Gamelan - Learn about the Balinese culture through its music by joining the gamelan. The term gamelan refers to an ensemble of traditional percussion keyed instruments, gongs, drums, and bamboo flutes from Indonesia. No notation is used, so the emphasis is on building memory, rhythmic, and teamwork skills in a fun, cross-cultural learning environment.
- Percussion SuperClass - Different types of percussion music are featured in this "no previous experience required" class. Body percussion, samba, and West African Gahu are examples of past class experiences.
- Totally Awesome!: Popular Music of the 1980s - This class is an exploration of popular music genres of the 1980s, including synthpop, glam metal, alternative rock, and hip hop. The emphasis is on music videos as an emerging medium of expression and experimentation.
- Composition - Learn about the process of composing music through different styles and techniques. You may compose and perform your piece of music in this class.