Band & Orchestra Camp Music Furman University
 

Sunday June 14 - friday june 19, 2015

Furman's Band and Orchestra Camp is a unique one-week experience designed to help 260 students, ages 12-18, fuel their musical enthusiasm and boost their playing skills. Talented musicians from across the country come to Furman with expectations of taking their performance skills to the next level. Students are challenged in vigorous daily rehearsals, musicianship classes, and master classes. Students perform in one of four large ensembles (a full symphony orchestra, a string orchestra, and two concert bands) and may audition for a jazz ensemble, various chamber groups, or perform as a soloist on the Honors Solo Recital. Evening recitals and the Friday concert are open to the public. Private lessons available for an additional fee. In addition to performance instruction, the camp offers classes in basic musicianship for all levels, optional private lessons and daily recreational activities, all within the beautiful setting of the Furman campus. The week offers a memorable experience of musicianship and camaraderie.

We strongly urge you to consider taking private lessons during camp. They are an ideal way to work one-on-one with an expert musician on the fundamental aspects of your playing, including tone production, technique, and musicianship, especially if you have never had the opportunity to take lessons before. Lessons are 30 minutes each, and are scheduled during mutually convenient breaks in your daily schedule.

Directors

Register

REGISTRATION OPENS in FEBRUARY

Parents, use this web form to register your student and pay be credit card or submit the form, print a copy and *mail with check. *Registrations are not considered until full payment is received.

  • 2015 Resident Campers: $495
  • 2015 Commuters: $380
  • Private lessons: $25 per half hour session

Full payment is expected at time of registration. If you earned All-State ensemble placement, have a sibling attending the camp or are the child of a Furman employee, you may be eligible for a discount. Verification is required. Read Financial Information and Refund Policy.

Application Requirements

For concert band and orchestral string students age 12 - 18.
Acceptance is based on instrumentation balance of the ensembles, residence hall space, applicant's grade level, ability level, date of application and prior attendance. Apply early, some sections close prior to the application deadline.
Middle school
students:

  • Must have at least two years of study and ensemble experience on your concert band or orchestral string instrument prior to camp.  
  • Suzuki Strings: In order for string students to feel comfortable in the orchestral environment violinists should be playing at Suzuki Book 4 level or above, and violists, cellists, and double basses should be playing at Suzuki Book 2 level or above.
  • Must be age 12 prior to June 1.

High School students:

  • Must have at least three years of study and ensemble experience on your concert band or orchestral string instrument.
  • Suzuki-trained strings: Violinists should be at Suzuki Book 6 level or higher. Viola, Cello, and Double Bass should be at Suzuki Book 5 level or higher.

Ensembles

BAND CAMP: Three concert bands, one symphony orchestra winds and percussion section, one jazz ensemble, several chamber ensembles. Students audition Sunday and are seated in their primary band. Placement in the jazz or chamber ensembles is for advanced students and based on the Sunday audition and their personal interest. Students rehearse with their designated ensembles twice a day.
View Sample Wind Schedule. [PDF]
STRING CAMP: One string-only orchestra, one full symphony orchestra with wind/percussion sections, one jazz ensemble, one string quartet. Students audition Sunday and are seated in their primary orchestra. Placement in the jazz ensemble or quartet is for advanced students and based on the Sunday audition and their personal interest. Students rehearse with their designated ensembles twice a day.
View Sample String Schedule. [PDF]
JAZZ ENSEMBLE can be added to your daily schedule. Trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass (upright), drums and piano needed. The instrument you audition on for the jazz ensemble does not have to be your primary camp instrument - for example- guitar, piano or bari sax. Yes - we need good jazz pianists.  Rehearses once a day. 
Included in schedules posted to the left.

Ensemble Placement

On the Sunday of camp, you have 5 minutes to show off your skills and ​let us know your interests (if advanced enough for orchestra, jazz ensemble or a chamber ensemble). Prepare a brief solo excerpt or etude no more than 2 minutes in length. Know the basic scales and common key signatures appropriate for your grade level. They will ask you to sight-read a brief excerpt. Since you spend much of the first two days at camp sight-reading music in the ensembles, this is an important part of your placement testing. Late arrival is not recommended since the schedule is tight.  Students missing the placement auditions will be placed in an ensemble by the faculty and seated at the back of the section.

Interested in the camp Jazz Ensemble?  If you play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, double bass, or percussion, you will simply indicate your interest to the faculty member who hears your Sunday audition. If you play piano or guitar, you will need to play a separate audition for Dr. Olson on Sunday. If you play electric bass or guitar, you will need to bring your own instrument AND patch cord(s). We will provide an amplifier for your use. 

Percussion - your audition takes a bit longer since you may be doing solos and sight-reading on mallets, snare, and timpani (tuning). If you only play one or two of those, no problem - that's why you come to music camp! Audition on the percussion areas in which you have experience. If you have never played timpani, you do not have to audition on timpani. Jazz drum set auditions are optional - if interested, come prepared to play a sampling of various rhythms (swing, Latin, funk).

Theory Test (survey) - No stress. This is to place you in a musicianship class that best matches your skills and interests.


SUNDAY
Registration Check-In and Placement Auditions
FRIDAY
Check-Out, Lunch , Concert
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. BOARDER Check-in McAlister auditorium foyer. Housing open for move-in starting at 11 a.m.; Since the dining hall will not yet be open, lunch is on your own.
  • 1:00 p.m. COMMUTER Check-in
  • 1:30 p.m. Welcome Meeting for ALL parents, students, faculty, staff (McAlister Auditorium)
  • 2 - 4:30 p.m., Placement audition and theory test for all students. Parents depart. Students remain at the music complex until dinner.
  • 4:45 p.m. Dinner meeting in McAlister Auditorium. Counselors will walk the student to their first meal in the dining hall.
  • Room Check-out PRIOR to 10 am. Students will move luggage to the music bldg or meet parents at the dorms.
  • Rehearsals 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm depending on student's ensemble rehearsal schedule. Family member welcome, they may pay at the dining hall entry doors.
  • Closing concert begins at 1 pm: FREE! Family and friends welcome! McAlister Auditorium. Orders/payment for concert CDs will be collected.

Boarding students will be housed in our Lakeside Dorm, sharing suites that contain two carpeted rooms split by a shared bathroom. Two teens will share each individual room. Extra long single beds, two desks, two chests of drawers and two closets are supplied. Students should bring their own bed linens, towels, soap, shampoo, bath shoes, hangers and blow dryers.  (A longer list of what to bring will be in the confirmation packet.)  Roommates: Housing is carefully assigned by age and musical interests based on information the students give us later in the process.  Yes, students may request to room with a friend/sibling - both must request each other on the confirmation packet housing form.  Boys never enter or approach a girl's hall and vice versa.

Meals will be served in our main dining hall. The DH features a variety of diet options, including a salad bar, four serving lines, a wood-fire pizza oven and a dessert bar. All meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch) are included in the boarding student fee. Commuters will eat lunch and dinner with the boarding students.

Students who drive to camp will be provided with a parking permit. However, boarding students are not permitted to leave camp or use their cards until the week's activities are complete. Curfews and strict guidelines are enforced while on campus.

Counselors and other adult staff will supervise all activities. The Furman University Police Department and local law enforcement will provide additional security.

Contact us

Have a question about the camp? Contact one of the Directors listed at the top of the page or contact Marcella Frese, programs coordinator, at 864.294.2118, marcella.frese@furman.edu.

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