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Mendy Smith

Interlochen or Bust

August 14, 2010 at 2:39 AM

 With much anticipation, my week-long vacation at Intelochen's Adult Chamber Music Camp starts tomorrow.  

This time I'm going with a friend and we are making it a road trip - a 24 hour one-way road trip.  However with 2 violas, a violin plus luggage, it is less of a hassle (and cheaper) to drive than to fly.  We managed to figure out how to fit all our stuff in the back of the Subaru and also have room to make a full sized bed in the back.  The ultimate driving experience!  

I'm looking forward to waking up at the crack of dawn and taking a walk in the cool morning through the state park across the street then treating myself to breakfast  cafeteria style.  The morning meal will be followed by two hours of sight reading the likes of Bartok with other adventurous souls.  I will then be rushing off to ensemble practice with an unknown group of people playing something new each and every day.  

After a hastily taken mystery lunch, I'll be off to a masters class of some sort or another, then playing some chamber music with people I met earlier in the day followed by an equally mysterious dinner.  For an hour or so, I'll relax in the concert hall and listen to a concert put on either by the Enso Quartet or the faculty.  Sometimes, I may play chamber music with others after the concert before finally collapsing on a small twin bed in a hotel room decorated circa 1950's style until the alarm goes off at 6am to start the process over again.

Paradise!!!!

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