Summer String Camp
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Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association Presents the 27th Annual Summer String Camp
Dates: June 14 – 18, 2021
Location: Bearden High School
Prelude: 9-9:45 a.m.
Overture: 9:20-10:20 a.m.
Intermezzo: 11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Finale: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
To protect students and staff, the following format and guidelines will be in place:
Rehearsals only: no snack breaks or extra activities, each student will be limited to two guests for the final concert and a live stream link will be provided for friends and family who would like to view the concert
Staggerd entrance and exit times for each ensembles. Students will enter through the front of Bearden High School, and Overture will exit directly from their rehearsal space.
Mandatory masks worn by all students and staff from the moment they enter the building until after they have exited. Many participants of KSYO Summer String Camp 2021 will be students under the age of 12. Because these students will not have the opportunity to be vaccinated prior to camp – participants, conductors, rehearsal assistants and staff will wear face masks for the duration of camp.
No KidCheck use for attendance; staff will check students in “on paper” and students will report directly to their rehearsal room and chair
Physical distancing inside rehearsal room
Immediate departure at end of rehearsal, following staff directions to ensure spacing
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
Limit of 35-40 students for each ensemble. If enrollment warrants, an ensemble may be split into two groups
Fee for Camp: $100 (includes a KSYO t-shirt, a final concert and rehearsals)
Deadline to apply: May 28, 2021
After submitting an application, you will receive an email notification with placement, schedule, music and payment information
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 2021 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