Ensemble Camp

Dates
Session One: August 2 – 5 9 – 10:30am
Session Two: August 2-5 10:45am – 12:15pm
Session Three: August 2-5 12:30 – 2pm
Ages:
Grades K-12
Price:
$95
Discounted to $65 if you are also enrolled in a BookBlast or Jumpstart Camp AND summer lessons
Register by:
Registration Deadline: May 27

Music is more fun with friends! Play in a duet/trio/quartet in our  Ensemble Camp.

Not only do you get to experience one of the most musically satisfying experiences ever!!!   – you  also learn skills that make you a better solo musician as well!

This is not just piano duets! Since Flourish is a multi-instrument school, you may be paired with an instrument other than your own. Try traditional pairings like string quartet or rock band, or non-traditional pairings

The Ensemble Camp includes Masterclass coaching and rehearsal times for groups to practice together, plus a culminating video recital that will be recorded during camp to showcase the student performances.

Students in Flourish’s K-12 lesson program (any instrument or voice) are welcome to participate in ensemble camp!

 

Ensemble Camp 2021 Dates:

Session One: 9 – 10:30am  August 2 – 5  
Session Two: 10:45am – 12:15pm August 2 – 5  
Session Three: 12:30 – 2pm August 2 – 5  

Registration Deadline: May 27

 

4 days, 1.5 hour each day, masterclass-style camp plus an ending recital. During camp, students work together in duos, trios or quartets to rehearse a song together. Camp will include masterclass coaching from the teacher on the details of playing together, as well as time for individual groups to rehearse. Each camp will have a max of 10 students . See the performance recording from 2020 ensemble camp:

#1 Music is more fun together. Not only do you get to play with friends (with new or old) … also the complexity and beauty of the music you can make is increased with more participants. The whole is more than the sum of the parts. It is one of the most musically satisfying activities to make music together.

 

#2 Learn really important musical skills that will improve your solo playing. In an ensemble, you have to stay in tempo and can’t stop if something goes wrong. You learn how to count better, to listen better, to keep going and stay together even when a mistake is made. All of these skills will make you a better solo musician as well.

 

#3 Cultivate empathy, listening and skills needed to work together well in a team. The key to a successful ensemble group is sensitivity and close listening to each other while still playing your own part. From the rehearsal process to the final performance, members have to work together.

 

(Note: You must be enrolled in lessons at Flourish to register for Ensemble Camp)

The sky is the limit when it comes to musical pairings and selections! Some examples we have had before:

  • Guitar, Piano and Voice student who performed “Skyfall” by Adele
  • Voice duet, performed “The Stepsister’s Lament” from Cinderella
  • Cello, Violin and Piano student who performed “March” from Carmen by Bizet
  • Piano and Voice student who performed “When I Ruled the World” by Coldplay
  • Piano duet who performed “Linus and Lucy” from Peanuts
  • Piano trio who performed the theme from the “Avengers”, and theme from “Pirates of the Caribbean”
  • Custom group of 5 pianos, 1 cello and 1 violin all performing Ms. Joy’s arrangement of “Chopsticks”

 

We group students together based on who signs up for camp, keeping in mind their age/level and what music they like. Then we pick a piece of music and often arrange it in a custom manner for that specific group. (ie we write parts for each ensemble member)

 

If you have any requests (for partners and/or music selections) just let us know and we will do our best.

  • I got to play in a group of people for the first time
  • I really enjoyed playing with my siblings 🙂
  • It was really nice to play with other people. It also helped me to count better and give the whole notes 4 beats.
  • I would love to do this more often!
  • You get lots of time to practice
  • It’s fun
  • I learned a song and a half in 4 days
  • It teaches you how to cooperate and play well with other musicians
  • It’s really fun and you’ll learn a lot
  • I liked my group and we had fun playing and fixing our piece. I also really liked the song we got to play.

 

#1 Small ensembles. You may play or sing in a large ensemble at school (choir/orchestra/band etc). That can be a lot of fun. But you are one in many other musicians. In a small ensemble, you are a featured role in the group; your participation is an integral part of the success of the ensemble. Students have to rely on each other, rather than on an adult conductor or teacher.

 

#2 Varied instrument groupings. Because Flourish offers instruction in various instruments, you can potentially have a group that includes other instrument or voices.

 

#3 Rehearsal all happens at camp under teacher supervision; no need to arrange rehearsal times with other students outside of camp! We want to make this as easy on the parents as possible 🙂

YES! We have had vocal duets/trios before, as well as paired vocalists with pianists or guitarists. All voices and instruments can participate in ensemble camp!
YES! All levels of students in our K-12 program can participate. Because we know each of our students personally, we will match the groups and arrange the pieces based on your level (so your part will be something you can play at your current level).