Some folks think it all begins Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, almost all of the campers are in, registered, and doing their seating auditions.
Here is one of this year's Advanced Orchestra audition judges....Dr. Brown!
Others think that it all starts on Monday, with orientation at 8:00 A.M. After this, we have a full day of String Camp, ending at different times depending on which orchestra you are in. At 7:00 P.M. we had our Faculty Recital. I failed to pick out some pictures of this when I was sorting through all of the pictures and I don't think I really want to go through them all again unless somebody really, really wants some pictures of it. I would really have to put several of them up, else I'd miss many of the instructors. While I'm on the topic of faculty, I'd like to mention as many of them as I can remember by name here (if I miss somebody or get something wrong, please let me know and I'll fix it). Dr. David Brown (Advance Orchestra conductor, Theory III, plus), Mrs. Ruth Brown (pianist, Theory II, plus), Mr. Allen Probus (Intermediate Orchestra conductor, cello instructor, chamber group coach, plus), Mrs. Andrea Probus (violin instructor, chamber group coach, plus), Mr. Ben Culver (Beginner Orchestra conductor, chamber group coach, violin instructor, plus), Miss Esther Walker (Pre-Twinkles leader, chamber coach, plus), Miss Jessica Graf (Pre-Twinkles assistant, chamber coach, plus), Mr. Drostan Hall (Masterclass clinician, chamber coach, viola instructor, plus), Miss Kate Woodby (viola instructor, plus), Mr. Tim Hammond (cello instructor, chamber coach, plus), Mr. Tim Wampler (Music History, Theory I, Rythm, plus), Miss Katie Minion (sectionals instructor, plus), Miss Julie Mueller (Musical Mind instructor, harp soloist, plus), Mr. Charles Herring (elementary chapel speaker), Mr. Jeff Carrillo (secondary chapel speaker), and last, but most definately not least, Dr. Dwight Gustafson (guest conductor, plus)! Thanks to everybody who helped whether as faculty, or whether you helped house the campers and instructors, or worked kitchen, nursery, or maintenance, or if you were just available to help wherever there might be a need. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
This is a lot, but certainly not all of our camp staff and faculty.
(This picture was actually taken Wednesday, but I figure it really doesn't matter)
Monday morning, the Advanced Orchestra all figure out their Chamber Groups and receive their music - to have ready for the Friday Morning Recital!
On Tuesday, the Advanced Orchestra had a couple hours of Masterclass (the Intermediate Orchestra had the option of sitting in on this).
My Chamber Group got to have Mr. Hall for our instructor on Wednesday and he helped us all greatly.
Since we knew Wednesday would be a late night, and everybody could use an extra hour of sleep by the middle of the week, we scheduled Thursday to begin one hour later than every other day of the week.
And that was the end of a wonderful, but very long and tiring week!
Actually, some of my family had to be back at church Saturday morning for a staff and faculty meeting to discuss how things had gone and what could be done to make it even better, should God lead that Sfz String Camp should continue again next year.
There is a story behind these. In the Intermediate Orchestra the campers are allowed to challenge the chair in front of them. Since we only had one cellist, he was allowed to challenge the conductor and the whole orchestra voted for who did the better job. Although there was a conspiracy, the intermediate cellist won. As his reward, he got to conduct one of the pieces in the Final Concert.
My Chamber Group performing in the Morning Recital.
I like these shots looking down a row of cellists (No, we aren't as closely packed in there as these pictures make us look - we had sufficient space - I don't think I even poked or got poked by a bow once this year!). These were taken during the Final Concert.
A couple more...