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Orchestra camp

Orchestra camp

Junior and Senior High STRING Musicians
(Violin, Viola, Cello and bass)

July 14-July 19, 2024

The Summer Orchestra Camp, sponsored by the Messiah University Department of Music, offers an exciting opportunity for students entering grades 7 through 12 from July 14-19, 2024.


Student musicians will play in one of two large ensembles divided by age (Junior High and Senior High). They will rehearse each day with their group and rehearse as a combined all-camp orchestra. The camp ends with a final Friday afternoon concert featuring the three performing groups (Junior High, Senior High and combined). Daily, students will work with a teacher on their specific instrument in a master classes group setting. Here students will learn new techniques, polish old ones, perform, and work on issues specific to their own instrument. The students have an hour of chamber ensembles each day where they are assigned to a small group, work with an instructor and learn to rehearse on their own. These small ensembles will perform on the Thursday evening of camp. Each day the students will have an hour in a musicianship class where they will explore many aspects of music making away from their instruments in a classroom setting. All these classes and ensembles are taught by expert artist-teachers comprised of Messiah University faculty and orchestral educators from Central Pennsylvania.

Chamber Ensembles Concert: Thursday, July 18 at 7PM

Orchestra Concert: Friday, July 19 at 3PM

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Elementary Orchestra Camp

Monday, July 15, 2024 - Friday, July 19, 2024

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Monday, July 15, 2024 - Friday, July 19, 2024

A new Messiah string camp for young string players entering grades 3-6 (Students should have 6 months to one year of playing experience)

Monday – Thursday. 8:30AM-11:45AM
Friday 8:30AM – 2:00PM

Tuition: $170

Sample Schedule
8:30AM -  arrival

8:45AM-10:00AM -  Orchestra rehearsal (with  stretching breaks)

10:00AM-11:00AM - Masterclasses. Students will be divided by instrument and will get a chance to work on setup and technique through fun games and activities with teachers specializing in their instrument.

11:00AM-11:45AM - Enrichment time.  Students will have a variety of musical activities that could include singing, movement and rhythm games, watching performances and fiddling.

Friday Schedule:
11:45AM-12:15PM -  Lunch (bring your own)
12:20PM-12:45PM -  Rehearsal in Parmer Hall
1:00PM -  Performance for family and friends

Camp Faculty:
Kerry Harker-Roth –  camp director/teacher coodinator
James Nackley – orchestra director
String specialists

Register Here