Weekly Feature

2006-06-07 / Local News

Vivace String Camp tunes up for second year

Vivace String Camp, a one week overnight music camp for student string players, pianists and guitarists, will hold its second annual camp Sunday, June 25 through Saturday, July 1 at Houghton College, 1 Willard Ave. in Houghton.

"The camp's mission is to educate and inspire through the medium of music," said Artistic Director Steven Thomas. "The leaders and faculty of Vivace take this seriously, and bring to the camp a terrific blend of high musical standards and a sense of fun. This helps the kids learn quickly and come together as a team."

Houghton College gives the campers, ages 4 17, the opportunity to be independent and responsible, learn a lot of music in a short time and make new friends. Last summer, 85 campers attended from 28 different schools.

Campers will work in small and large ensembles, and get training in instrumental techniques. This kind of work is fun for these kids, who are dedicated to playing their instruments. The older students will take a composition class and their compositions will be played by a string quintet of teachers. The youngest campers, violinists ages 4 -7, attend morning classes with their parents, taught in the Suzuki method. Evening recitals are scheduled throughout the camp week, including faculty concerts, student chamber music concerts, the Thursday night Talent Show and the Command Performance on Saturday afternoon.

To register contact Martha Thomas at 834-0798 or visit, www.vivacestringcamp.com. An application can be downloaded and printed out.

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