I am very interested in expanding my musical horizons, so to speak. I plan to join my local youth orchestra and I was interested in perhaps doing a summer program (suggestions?). I’m around intermediate level (viola). I joined AVS which has great resources. However, I still wish there was more I could do now (youth orchestra starts mid-next year) to increase my performance opportunities.
How old are you. Where do you live. What is your playing level.
I’m 14, almost 15. I live in South Georgia. I’m around intermediate level (around the same as Suzuki 6/7). I’m working on Barber’s Solos.
Is there a way to connect with others at your level for chamber music? A weekly reading session will do wonders for your ensemble playing, confidence, and sight reading. Plus, you'll make friends!
I'd be looking for a summer camp. They aren't always listed by SAA, so you have to look around. One way is to ask on here, "Hey, anyone know any summer suzuki camps in the general area of southern Georgia, say, within 300 miles of Valdosta?" Or you could search it yourself, and you'll find stuff in Atlanta, Roswell, maybe Talahassee, Orlando, etc.
Thanks for the advice Paul.
There just one thing about being the quartet organizer -- you will inevitably bear a higher burden than the others for buying music. But, once you buy it, it's yours forever. It's a great thing to have a library of relatively easy quartet arrangements of pop tunes, etc., that you can eventually play at weddings once you have the chops. Yes there is a ton of stuff on IMSLP but often not the arrangements -- just classical standards (Haydn, Mozart, etc.) and those things get difficult really quickly. Another good place to look for quartet arrangements is on SheetMusicPlus (you pay, but not a fortune) and Musescore (free).
Ida, yes - a quartet is probably the best place to start due to the huge amount of available literature and the wide range of difficulties, starting from "sight readable".
Look into the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in TN. I went there as a student a long time ago and have attended performances the last few summers. The quality was high 40 years ago, but it's even higher now. Have been very impressed with how well the orchestras play!
There is a pretty comprehensive list of music camps listed by state here: https://www.johnsonstring.com/resources/summer-music-camps/
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