Summer String Camp

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Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association Presents the Annual Summer String Camp 

 July 20 – 24, 2020

West Valley Middle School, 9118 George Williams Road, Knoxville, TN  37922

To protect students and staff, the following format and guidelines will be in place:
  1. Rehearsals only: no snack breaks or extra activities, and in lieu of a final concert, each group will be recorded in their own rehearsal room (recording will be shared will participants either online or by DVD)
  2. Separate entrances for separate ensembles, with staggered times; students will remain in cars until summoned by staff, and parents will not get out of car (parents of very young children will be allowed to escort them to the entrance)
  3. Mandatory masks worn by all students and staff from the moment they enter the building until after they have exited
  4. No KidCheck use for attendance; staff will check students in “on paper”
  5. Daily temperature check, after which students will report directly to their rehearsal room and chair
  6. Physical distancing in line for temperature check and inside rehearsal room
  7. Immediate departure at end of rehearsal, following staff directions to ensure spacing
  8. Parents and other family members not permitted in the building during String Camp; at end of rehearsal, students will be escorted to exit by staff and younger children can be met by one parent
  9. Limit of 30 students for each ensemble. If enrollment warrants, an ensemble may be split into two groups
  10. Fee for Camp: $100 (includes a KSYO mask, access to a final video recording and rehearsals) (fee will cover additional staff and supplies necessary to comply with CDC, state and local guidelines for social distancing)

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2020

Camp Application: Click here to apply

After submitting an application, you will receive an email notification (by July 9) with placement, schedule, music and payment information

Purpose

String Camp provides an opportunity for new orchestra players to become oriented with ensemble playing and gives players with experience a week of great music making and fun during the summer off-season.  Students are placed randomly based on experience and application information. Please make sure you meet all the requirements for the level for which you apply.  We strive to keep the competitive feel out of the camp program and put no emphasis on seating and placement, but will move a student in his/her best interest if the level they are in appears too challenging and stressful. Applicants for the Finale Level may be asked to audition.

Orchestra Levels (please note these levels may be different for camp 2020 based upon enrollment)

♪ PRELUDE: (Introduction to ensemble playing).  Excellent opportunity for first-time orchestra players and for students with little orchestra experience.  Recommended for new students who will audition for the Youth Orchestra Association during annual August auditions.

Open to string students who have a good set-up including posture and basic technique plus studies in note-reading and rhythm training.  Minimum of at least one year of study on instrument before applying. Average age: 6—12.

♪ OVERTURE: Offers an environment for students who have a limited orchestra experience to sharpen their ensemble skills while learning fun, new music.  Recommended for new and returning students who will audition for the Youth Orchestra Association during the annual August auditions.

Open to string students who have a good set-up including posture and basic technique plus studies in note-reading and rhythm training.  Minimum of at least one year of orchestra experience before applying. Average age: 9—14.

♪ INTERMEZZO: A week of great music-making during the orchestra off-season.  An opportunity for non-members to rehearse and perform with members of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestras and a chance for experienced younger players to work at a higher playing level.

Open to string students who have at least three years of orchestra experience.  Must be solid in rhythm training and comfortable with shifting.  Students should have experience using vibrato.  It is recommended that Intermezzo students take private lessons.  Average age: 11—16.

♪ FINALE: High-quality, artistic string playing with advanced string repertoire.  Important opportunity for students who will audition for the most advanced Youth Orchestra ensembles in the fall.  Ensemble also includes University of Tennessee students, Youth Orchestra Alumni, Staff and KSO members.

Enrollment is limited to advanced string students with a minimum of five years orchestra experience.   Applicants are required to have a signature from their private music instructor.  Must be accurate in higher positions, off-string bowings, vibrato and have a mature, controlled tone.  Students applying to this level will be approved after review from the camp conductors and may be asked to audition.  Average age: 14—18.  Students must be at least 12 years old.

For Questions or More Information –

Contact: Kathy Hart, KSYO Manager and Camp Coordinator:
Kathy@knoxvillesymphony.com Kathy’s Cell: (865) 680-8125