Alma String Day Camp

July 22nd - July 27th, 2019

Chamber Music Camp for Young String Players

Alma String Day Camp is a chamber music camp for young violinists, violists, and cellists who are enthusiastic about music. Students will learn the standard chamber music repertoire during the week.

Why the Camp?

There are many benefits of joining Alma String Day Camp. The main focus of this camp is chamber music. Chamber music is a type of music written for small ensembles, typically from 2 to 8 players. Each player has his/her own part, unlike orchestra music where many string players play the same part.

By playing chamber music, students will learn:

  • how to play in tune with other musicians
  • how to blend sound with the other players in the group
  • to listen and figure out how their part fits into the parts other musicians are playing.
  • to be responsible on their part, and not rely on the rest of the section to cover up for them
  • how to think critically and academically on their own instead of blindly following whatever a conductor says from the podium
  • how to deal with individual differences in interpretations and opinions among the group
  • great literature of chamber music which will take them to a higher level of musical maturity

It is either very difficult or impossible to learn any of what is described above during private lessons and orchestra rehearsals. It is important for string players to learn all of these mentioned above because the majority of the literature for strings involves more than one string player. String players are almost always playing with some other instrumentalists. Chamber music gives a perfect opportunity to a string player of any level to learn and polish these ensemble skills.

Dates

Monday, July 22nd to Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Final Concert, Saturday July 27th at 3:00pm (Rehearsals prior to the concert).

Location

All of the camp activities will take place at First Presbyterian Church, located at:
495 Charles Ave.,
Alma Michigan 48801

Camp Schedule

There will be four 50-minute sessions every day from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. These sessions mainly consist of chamber music rehearsals and coachings. Depending on the number of campers and their needs, there may be string chamber orchestra and music theory sessions as well.

Private lessons are available before and after the camp hours for violin and viola students (lesson fees are not included in the camp tuition).

Concert

Students will perform and showcase their achievement on Saturday, July 27th at 3:00pm. Besides playing their chamber music repertoire, students will have an opportunity to play their solo pieces at the concert. The performance is open to the public.

Requirements and Eligibility

Campers must be under 19 years of age at the time of the registration.

Camp participants are expected to be at the level of Suzuki, volume 4 or equivalent at minimum.

Camp Tuition

The tuition for the 2019 camp is $210.00 per student. If there are more than one student participating in the camp from one family, the tuition for the second student is $100.00. Tuition is due on the first day of the camp.

Registration

Please email to for registration. There will be a non-refundable $50.00 deposit fee at the registration.

Contact

Please email Dr. Takeshi Abo at for more information and questions.