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Summer Camp Preparation - Adult Version

Mendy Smith

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Published: August 2, 2014 at 1:39 AM [UTC]

1) One year before: reserve favorite room/cabin.

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.

From Kate Little
Posted on August 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM
Have fun, Mendy!
From elise stanley
Posted on August 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Hey, isn't that cheating! I only found out what I was playing the day I arrived. Small wonder I was too often the quartet dork... :P ;)
From Steve Barth
Posted on August 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM
What is this music camp? Open to older amateur players? The last music camp I attended was in 1965, at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Would be fun to attend one now that I'm all grown up.
From Mendy Smith
Posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

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.

From Christina C.
Posted on August 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM
Hooray for band camp! Have a fabulous time. As your post suggests, we band-camp junkies spend a heck of a lot of time throughout the year looking forward to and wishing we were at band camp... well you're there! Make the most of it and take time to stop and smell the roses! (Am I projecting too much? :-))...and then report back here so that not only the rest of us can live vicariously through you but you'll have your wonderful memories on record to refer back to when you're back to that 'waiting for band camp' phase of your life.
From Christina C.
Posted on August 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM
there are adult amateur workshops aplenty out there:

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