The Band Program at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is designed to challenge students of all proficiency levels. Students are grouped by ability in an appropriate ensemble after submitting a placement video prior to arrival. Our band conducting staff selects a challenging repertoire for each level of ensemble. Students receive five hours of intensive daily rehearsals, sectionals, and technique classes. Band students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. Students also have the opportunity to attend Summer Arts Festival performances, as well as participate in recreation, camp activities, and attend arts-focused educational events in the evening.
During sessions 1 and 2 (High School level), the band program will include a wind ensemble, as well as a symphony band and two concert bands. Consisting of the most advanced winds and percussion, the Wind Ensemble will study and perform a variety of musically demanding literature designed to challenge even the most experienced high school player. Past Wind Ensemble repertoire has included selections such as: Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Holst’s Suites in E♭ and F, Ives’ Variations on America, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Bernstein’s Candide, Reed’s American Dances, Williams’ Symphonic Dance No. 3, Mackey’s Under the Scars, Biedenbender’s Luminescense, Ticheli’s Sun Dance, and Milhaud’s Suite Francaise, Op. 248.
Orchestra Winds and Percussion
The Orchestra Winds and Percussion provide student members the opportunity to participate in full orchestra, performing a range of challenging orchestral repertoire. Student winds and percussion interested in orchestra must initially enroll in “Band” and are selected by placement videos submitted prior to arrival. Student winds/percussion ranking the highest in their sections may choose Orchestra or Band. Those choosing Orchestra will perform in two orchestra wind sections (Symphony and Concert) and will participate in sectionals, technique classes, and limited chamber ensembles as scheduling permits.
Masterworks Orchestra Winds and Percussion (Sessions 1 and 2 only)
The Masterworks Orchestra challenges advanced high school musicians with original, unedited, standard orchestral repertoire by studying and performing one major work during the 12-day session. The Session 1 Masterworks Orchestra will perform the Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1 in G minor. The Session 2 Masterworks Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a.
Masterworks winds and percussion are selected via video audition and notified in the Spring, with preferred placement auditions due by February 28th, and second round auditions due by March 28th. Significant scholarship aid toward camp tuition is available for winds/percussion who qualify. To submit your audition, complete the scholarship application at Scholarships.
Instrumentation for Session 1, Kalinnikov: 2 flute, 2 oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 2 trumpet, 3 trombone, tuba, timpani, harp
Instrumentation for Session 2, Tchaikovsky: 2 flute, 2 oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 2 trumpet, 3 trombone, tuba, timpani, auxiliary percussion, harp
- Include 4 scales (full range of instrument), using a variety of articulations. Include at least 1 minor scale, and the chromatic scale.
- Include 1 selection, accompanied or unaccompanied, from current repertoire that demonstrates at least two contrasting styles.
- Include 2 Orchestral Excerpts for your instrument. Consult your private instructor or teacher for assistance in locating appropriate excerpts. http://orchestraexcerpts.com/ is a useful resource.
- Percussionists: Audition recordings should include three major scales the full range of any mallet instrument, and a demonstration of proficiency on snare drum, timpani, and any mallet instrument through appropriate exercises, etudes, orchestral excerpts, or solo literature. Suitable excerpts can be found here: http://www.orchestralibrary.com/reftables/audrep.html
Junior Band Program
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp also offers a band program for younger students with less musical experience at Camp Bernstein. For more details go to Junior Camp.
Blue Lake International
During the summer season, each band student will have the opportunity to apply for the International Band, which will tour Europe during the following summer as part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program.
Band Conductors 2022
Wind Ensemble – Brian Balch, Big Rapids High School, Big Rapids, MI
Symphony Band – Trae Blanco, Murray State University, Murray, KY
Vander Linde Band – Tavia Zerman, Grand Ledge Public Schools – Hayes Middle School, Grand Ledge, MI
Begian Band – Mark Veenstra, retired, Cy-Fair High School, Cypress, TX
Wind Ensemble – Matt Westgate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, Amherst, MA
Symphony Band – James Ross, retired, East Kentwood High School, East Kentwood, MI
Vander Linde Band – Margaret Babcock, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington Hills, MI
Begian Band – Tiffany Galus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Symphony Band – Joseph Dobos, retired, Lapeer Community Schools, Lapeer, MI
Concert Band – Kathleen McGrady, retired, Springfield Local Schools, Holland, OH
Begian Band – Kevin Czarnik, Croswell-Lexington Schools, Croswell, MI
Symphony Band – Allman Todd, Big Rapids Middle School, Big Rapids, MI
Concert Band – Thomas Clair, retired, Kingsley Area Schools, Kingsley, MI
Begian Band – Whitney Brainard, Sparta Area Schools, Sparta, MI