SCHOOL OF MUSIC

SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS
ALL SUMMER CAMPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020.

STELLA ROYCE PIANO CAMP
Jordan Waller, Artistic Director
Ages 7-15 | 8:30am – 3pm*
Tuition: $380/person

The Stella Royce Piano Camp is an engaging, intensive week-long camp for young pianists.

Daily activities, taught or supervised by exceptional talented faculty, include:

  • Private Piano lessons
  • Ensemble lessons
  • Theory classes
  • Composition activities
  • Musical games
  • History classes
  • Practice time

Students work with a featured composer each year and perform ensemble pieces by this composer.  A final recital on Friday features the world premiere of ensemble pieces written by our featured composer and performances by every student.

*Free YMCA play time from 3-5pm after camp.

GRAND RAPIDS CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM
Alicia Gregorian Sawyers- Artistic Director
Ages 8-18 | 9:30 am to 4pm
Tuition: $450/person.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano students welcome.

The Grand Rapids Chamber Music Program provides students an opportunity to study chamber music during this week-long camp.   Students will be placed in chamber groups according to their age, level, and instrumentation. (If musicians are currently in an ensemble and all members are in camp, they may request to stay together.)

Daily activities include:

  • Chamber ensemble coaching –trios, quartets, and quintets.
  • Chamber Orchestra – violinist, rapper and director Rodney Page will engage students in a unique and energetic ensemble experience with original compositions alongside classic chamber literature.
  • Theory/composition classes.
  • Creative Connections Workshop-led by Jill Warne, Creative Connections founder, this workshop is a unique opportunity for musicians to creatively explore and express stories, ideas and emotions through music.
  • Practice time- students will learn proper rehearsal techniques with help from our fellows and faculty.
  • Master Class with Jordan Hamilton- cellist of Last Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.  Jordan merges songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music.  

Students will work with outstanding coaches from around the country.  Special events are held each day, including cello and violin choir, masterclasses, faculty performances, recitals and more. The culmination is the final recital for the chamber ensembles on Friday.