Session 1 & 2 Music Courses for Grades 1-12
Great Beginnings Piano Program
This three-week program offers children the basics of piano in an engaging, artistic, and social environment. Children will be introduced to listening skills and the fundamental elements of rhythm, melody and notation. The program progresses through a piano and theory method book over the course of program. Programers learn individual pieces with the instructor and participate in ensemble playing in the Yamaha keyboard lab. This is a great beginning to piano instruction. The last day of program includes a performance for parents and friends.
Suzuki Violin Program
In the Suzuki method, based on the teachings of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, programers are given weekly private lessons, participate in an ensemble, listen to recordings and enjoy a perfect start in the violin. Programers are required to bring his/her own violin. Contact the Conservatory regarding instrument details. The last day of program includes a performance for parents and friends.
Session 1: June 29–July 17
Session 2: July 20 - August 7
Guitar Launch Program
This three-week program teaches the basic of guitar with interactive instruction. Children will be introduced to strumming, chords, note reading and beginning technique. This program will also connect the art of playing the instrument with art and crafts and related activities. Each programer is required to bring his/her own guitar to program. Contact the Conservatory regarding instrument details. The last day of program includes a performance for parents and friends.
4-Week Session | Music
Musical Theatre Workshop
This four-week summer workshop will produce its own end-of-program, one-act musical theatre production at the Concordia Conservatory Summer Festival and an all-cast recording. The musical theatre workshop will focus on improvisation and creation of scenes, characters, songs, movement, and basic vocal technique. The first week of program consists of the process of writing the musical. The second through fourth weeks are focused on rehearsal and performance. The program workshop is skill-based, giving each student a unique opportunity to study the many aspects of the musical theatre experience. Our Conservatory musical theatre faculty is interested in the development of the individual on a non-competitive basis. Values and respect are part of the experience; guided by caring and supportive musical theatre leadership team.
June 29–July 24
Cirque du Concordia Conservatory
Discover the world of circus arts in this four-week session. The camp will culminate in a staged performance set to music at the Conservatory Summer Music Festival and an outreach concert in the community. Students will learn how to work together as circus artists as well as collaborate with other performing artists such as musicians and those who work in stage craft. Walker Lewis will stage direct the final production and Conservatory alumni, Kevin Flanagan, will lead the camp.
The following circus skills will be explored
- Poi spinning
- Plate spinning
- stilt walking
June 29–July 24
Chamber Music Program
Open to all instruments and voice with one or more years of private instruction.
This program provides instrumentalists and singers with the opportunity to enhance their performance skills, and expand their musical awareness through coaching sessions in small and big chamber ensembles. Students will acquire knowledge and practice in the areas of reading a musical score, preparing their individual musical parts, active listening, non-verbal communication techniques, and performing. Students will develop self-confidence and gain strength as individuals by means of group effort and ensemble performance. The program culminates in a concert at the Conservatory Summer Festival and a concert at a local senior center residence.
June 29–July 24
All Grade Levels
Camp Band Bash
We are talking a real band with real guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Learn to arrange music, along with the ins and outs of performance in an intensive four-week session. Bands will be coached on rhythm, playing solos, balancing sound, microphone technique and general ensemble playing. We will delve into the styles of classic rock, metal, power pop and more. The program culminates in a concert at the Concordia Conservatory Summer Festival and a recording session. Have a legit answer when someone asks, “What did you do this summer?”
June 29–July 24
Vocal Arts Workshop
The Vocal Arts Workshop is an immersive learning experience for middle and high school singers. This four-week program includes a bi-weekly private voice lesson with a faculty member, extensive performance opportunities, coaching session with pianists, audition technique classes and master classes. Working with a team of teachers, students explore the distinctive challenges of the musical theatre genre and classical song repertoire through survey work with songs, characterizations, vocal work, games, Alexander technique and stage movement. Open to singers and experienced pianists. The program culminates in a concert at the Concordia Conservatory Summer Festival and a concert at a local senior residence.
June 29–July 24
Songwriting & Composition Camp
June 29 - July 24
Directed by highly regarded composer, teacher and pianist, Matt Van Brink, the Songwriting & Composition camp offers talented middle and high school composers and song writers the special opportunity to focus for four-weeks solely on exploring and refining their compositional skills.
Students receive private composition lessions as well as classes in analysis, score-reading, theory, and oral skills. During the program, composers will write pieces for small ensembles that will be performed and recorded in a full evening concert. This will provide the students with a valuable archive and learning tool. The camp will culminate in a staged performance set to music at the Conservatory Summer Music Festival and an outreach concert in the community.
2-Week Session | Music
Songwriting and Composition Intensive
Directed by highly regarded composer, teacher and pianist, Matt Van Brink, the Songwriting Composition and Intensive offers talented middle and high school composers and songwriters the special opportunity to focus for two weeks solely on exploring and refining their compositional skills. Students receive private composition lessons as well as classes in analysis, score-reading, theory, and oral skills. During the program, composers will write pieces for small ensembles that will be performed and recorded in a full evening concert. This will provide the students with a valuable archive and learning tool. A concert will showcase pieces composed during the two-week session on August 8.
July 27–August 7
Summer Keys & Strings Mini-Program
Summer Strings (for strings only) and Summer Keys (for pianists only) will take place at the same time with both programs working independently with their respective faculty. Students will explore as many settings as possible of string chamber music making: duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc. Students who participate in the Chamber Music Intensive afternoon program will have time to practice their repertoire during the morning program. The programers schedule includes daily coaching, practice time, and group activities including, movement classes, movies, music research projects, listening and appreciation. Requirements: Students ages 10–18 with a minimum of 2 years of lessons or ability to play hands together in various positions.
July 27–August 7
Violin Traditions Around the World Camp
July 27 - August 7
This violinists camp will focus on Celtic, Klezmer, Hungarian folk music and North American and Irish fiddling styles. Camp is open to all with one or more years private study and those who have completed Suzuki Book 2.
Chamber Music Intensive Advanced
This will be an intensive chamber music experience for the advanced student. Advanced players of Summer Strings and Summer Keys are welcome to work together with the afternoon participants. Students will be playing with faculty members as partners exploring the timeless art of playing together through the repertoire of 6 time periods in music, namely renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, and contemporary. They will study the performance practice in different periods of music and will acquire knowledge of where and how to research for references regarding a particular piece, time period or composer. Students will develop a higher level of music appreciation by means of active listening to recordings of performances with the guidance of the faculty. The program culminates in a performance tour on August 7 & 8 in different locations.
Open to all instruments and voice.
July 27–August 7
Private Music Lessons
Concordia Conservatory offers private lessons for a eight-week session in piano, voice, guitar (acoustic, bass and electric), violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and visual art. Music lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Art lessons are 45 or 60 minutes in length. Lessons are open to children and adults.
Students can register for as few as one or as many as six lessons. Due to this shorter commitment, the summer private instruction is an ideal time for students new to the Conservatory or for a current student to enjoy music instruction throughout the summer. Please contact Concordia Conservatory for summer private instruction registration and scheduling information. Scheduling begins May 1.
June 15–August 7