Registration for Summermusic 2021 is now closed.
Summermusic’s full-day campers are aged nine to eighteen. They will be divided by school grade into two cohorts, each in its own building at the Deep River Community Church. Cohorts are determined by the school grade the camper will enter in September 2021. Within each cohort there are two groups: one for campers who already play an orchestral instrument, the other for those who will be in our beginner instrument classes. Each of the cohorts will participate in the same full range of activities, but the two cohorts will not intermingle. Music sessions, as well as recreation, will be held outdoors as much as possible. Weather permitting, a unique concert experience will be held outdoors on July 30. Full-day camp hours are 9:15 am to 3:00 pm.
GRADES 4-5-6 COHORT
Children in this group have been learning an orchestral instrument for at least one year. They will play in an ensemble of mixed strings, woodwinds, recorders, and brass. In addition, they will expand their musical imaginations and knowledge in creativity and musical arts sessions, sing in their cohort choir, and participate in recreation.
BINGEN GROUP FEES: $375 before June 14 $430 after June 14
Please note that the Bingen group is now full.
Children in this group have not yet settled upon an instrument to learn. These campers will sing together in their Bach Group choir and will receive beginner instrument instruction. They may choose from clarinet, trumpet, violin or cello. We provide the instruments! Instrument selection must be made at the time of registration. Bach Group campers will join the rest of their 4-5-6 Cohort for creativity and musical arts sessions, cohort choir and recreation.
Please note that the Bach group is now full.
BACH GROUP FEES: $420 before June 14 $470 after June 14
GRADES 7-UP COHORT
These campers are experienced instrumentalists at an Intermediate or Senior level. They will play in a small orchestra and/or chamber music ensemble, depending on registrations. They will sing in their cohort choir, expand their musical imaginations and knowledge in creativity and musical arts sessions, and participate in recreation.
BERNSTEIN GROUP FEES: $375 before June 14 $430 after June 14
These campers don’t already play an ensemble instrument. They will sing together in their Beethoven Group choir and will receive beginner instrument classes. They may choose from clarinet, trumpet, violin or cello and find out what it’s like to play a woodwind, brass or string instrument. We provide the instruments! Instrument selection must be made at the time of registration. Beethoven Group campers will join the rest of their 7-Up Cohort for creativity and musical arts sessions, cohort choir and recreation.
BEETHOVEN GROUP FEES: $420 before June 14 $470 after June 14
FULL-DAY STAFF: Marion Arthur: strings, ensembles, beginners, creativity, Music for the Young Susan Butler: woodwinds, ensembles, beginners, creativity, camp director Liz Hart: woodwinds, ensembles, Music for the Young, camp administrator Natasha MacDonald: strings, beginners, ensembles, creativity, recreation April Morris: musical arts, strings, beginners, ensembles, creativity, recreation Kevin Myers: choirs, recreation, musical arts Wendy Sur: beginner trumpet, choirs
MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG
Ages 5 and 6 (for children born in 2016 and 2015)
A daily 45-minute mini-course. These children experience the joy of music through singing, rhythm games, and movement. Enrolment is limited so register early!
Course time: 8:30 to 9:15 am Fees: $190 before June 14 $205 after June 14
Ages 7 and 8 (for children born in 2014 and 2013)
A daily 60-minute mini-course. These children will develop their experience of music through singing, rhythm activities, and movement. They will learn basic musical notation and start to develop a musical vocabulary. Includes beginner instruction on cello or recorder; instrument selection must be made at time of registration. Course fee includes cello rental or recorder purchase. Enrolment is limited so register early!
Please note that Music for the Young ages 7&8 is now full for 2021.
Course time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm Fees: $230 before June 14 $245 after June 14
MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG STAFF: Marion Arthur: instructor and cello Liz Hart: assistant and recorder
What do we do at Summermusic? Read below to find out.
Musical Arts – for everyone!
Why do some pieces of music make us feel happy and others make us feel sad? What is a symphony or a fugue or an opera? How can music conjure up pictures in your mind? In Musical Arts we listen to all kinds of music and share the thoughts and feelings they create within us.
Recreation – for everyone!
Every afternoon, our full-day campers have an outdoor period to play organized games at a variety of intensities. Each activity is coordinated by a staff member. One afternoon each year we have a special outing to Lamure Beach for an extended Recreation session.
Creative Development – for everyone!
Both cohorts will enjoy a Creative Development session every day: an opportunity to develop listening skills, improve music literacy, and explore creating music. These session will include elements of improvisation, composition, rhythmic activities and ear training.
Orchestras and Ensembles – for campers in Bingen and Bernstein groups
Bingen and Bernstein groups musicians are experienced players of intermediate or senior level, and they will play in ensemble twice each day. Depending on registrations numbers, this could be an orchestra, a wind ensemble, a string ensemble, or a chamber music ensemble. These musicians will have fun playing lots of different music during the two weeks and will improve their instrumental and ensemble skills.
Beginner Instruments – for campers in Bach and Beethoven groups
Bach and Beethoven groups musicians receive daily beginner instruction on an instrument they select when they register, and we provide the instruments! These campers get lots of opportunity to become familiar with their new instruments, as they will use them in our Creative Development sessions in addition to their daily beginner class.
Bach and Beethoven Group Choirs
Group choirs will enjoy exploring lots of music and the fundamentals of good singing. No previous musical or singing experience is required, but campers with some experience will learn lots more.
Cohort Choirs – for everyone!
Everyone sings at Summermusic, and each of our two cohorts will have their own choir. It is a wonderful and powerful experience to be one voice within a choir, singing music with parts for different voices!