Written by Mendy Smith
Published: August 2, 2014 at 1:39 AM [UTC]
2) 11 mo before: Submit vacation request and make flight reservations.
3) 10-8 mo before: work in planned camp music into private lessons with teacher.
4) 7 mo before: get local friends to "rehearse" planned camp music. Make house/pet-sitting arrangements.
5) 6-3 mo before: start contacting other participants to schedule "off" events. Continue "at-home" rehearsals.
6) 2 mo before: Start practicing camp music in earnest.
7) 1 mo before: frantically make arrangements for transportation to/from airport. Send notices to colleagues/clients of pending vacation.
8) 2 weeks before: final phase of practice for camp music. Get camp schedule penciled/penned in. Pick though sheet music to bring to camp.
9) 1 week before: frantic house-cleaning and yard work. Meetings with house/pet-sitters. Generate "packing list" for items to bring.
10) 2 days before: pack and re-pack. Double check flights and ground transportation. Set out-of-office notice.
11) 1 Day before: wake up 5 hours before early am flight. Re-check packed luggage and supplies. Get to airport 3 hours early. Find bar at airport. Fly in, unpack everything and crash. Turn off phone.
12) Camp Day 1: Wake up at 5am as usual and wait outside cafeteria until open to get the desperately needed cup of coffee with fellow campers. Catch up on a year's of gossip and news. Schedule pre-camp readings. Breath. Make music.
Its Interlochen. In mid-August they have a week long chamber music camp for adult amateurs. I've written about it before on this site.
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