Adult music camp: Interlochen vs Summerkeys vs other?

Edited: June 19, 2017, 10:05 AM · I want to go to an adult music camp this year, but I'm undecided between Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp ( and Summerkeys String Quartet Workshop ( I'm also open to other suggestions.

Summerkeys seems like the more beginner oriented.
I thought about going to them both, but 2 weeks this summer is taking too much time off work.

- What would be a good minimum playing ability for these? The descriptions, specially for Interlochen are somewhat vague. A piece would be ideal as an example. Something that you've played there maybe? Like, "This is the minimum you should be able to play, if you can't even sight read this you are toast."
I've been playing for a few years and feel comfortable with vibrato, shifting, etc., but I don't have chamber music experience and I'm not a very good sight reader. I want to get better at it and these chamber music camps are part of the strategy to gain experience and improve in those areas.
- How are the instructors?
- How is the overall organization?
- How is the location and facilities?

Pretty much I'm looking a review from someone that has been to either or both and can give specifics beyond the "I loved it" and "I had a lot of fun" that I've mostly seen.

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Edited: June 19, 2017, 7:58 PM · Go to Summerkeys. My teacher teaches there, so I know you will have a good experience!
June 19, 2017, 8:57 PM · I,ve heard that the adult program at Interlochen is not as well attended as in years past- but that is just here-say.
As to reading- get thee to Imslp(.org) and download download download.
June 19, 2017, 9:56 PM · Beethoven's 7th string quartet (Rasumovsky 1) is on the Morning Large Conducted Reading Ensembles schedule at Interlochen. Download it at IMSLP, as Edward suggests and see if you can play it. I'd love to be able to play that - maybe some day.
June 22, 2017, 5:38 PM · I wrote this several years ago. It should help.

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