Junior Camp (Camp Bernstein)

Camp Bernstein, Blue Lake’s Junior Camp, is ideal for personal and individualized instruction for young musicians. A special program for band and orchestra students, it features an atmosphere which promotes positive social relationships, building self-esteem and rapid musical growth. With all Blue Lake programs, Camp Bernstein’s primary goal is to send campers home motivated and with new enthusiasm.

Camp Bernstein’s programs are carefully structured to provide students with a warm and nurturing learning environment. In order to establish a close relationship between student and teacher, Camp Bernstein cabin counselors, who are typically arts education majors in their later, more advanced years of study, are involved in the junior campers’ instruction as well as recreation and basic supervision. Camp Bernstein conductors and staff help to promote a friendly and fun atmosphere for learning about music and other fine arts.

A camper’s typical day at Camp Bernstein features many group activities, an unhurried schedule, and time for recreation, rest, store, and free time. Daily full ensemble rehearsals and sectional/technique classes provide campers with significant musical growth over the twelve-day session. In addition to daily recreation and free time, Bernstein campers participate in minor classes, including Art, Theater, Choir, Intro to Jazz, World Music, or Sasquatch Club. These required courses introduce campers to a wide variety of creative processes through small projects, games, lessons, and group activities. For complete minor course descriptions, visit Minors.

Concerts, recitals, talent shows, skit nights, camp fires, group games, cabin parties, and cookouts fill the campers’ evenings with fun and excitement. Throughout the session, Camp Bernstein also takes field trips to Central Camp to hear a variety of performances in Blue Lake’s Stewart Shell.

Recommended Age and Experience Levels

Sessions 1 and 2
Grades 7 – 8 next school year 1 ½ to 3 years music study*

Sessions 3 and 4
Grades 6 – 7 next school year 6 months to 1 ½ years music study

Sessions 1 and 2
Grades 7 – 8 next school year 2 to 4 years music study*

Sessions 3 and 4
Grades 5 – 7 next school year 1 to 3 years music study

*Although students eligible for sessions 1 and 2 of Junior Camp are also old enough for Blue Lake’s Central Camp Intermediate Sessions 3 and 4, campers may prefer the more specialized and less competitive environment of Camp Bernstein, especially if it is their first time away from home.

Camp Bernstein Conductors 2022

Session 1
Band – Scott Pries, Imlay City Community Schools, Imlay City, MI
Orchestra – Andrew Pool, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

Session 2
Band – Rebecca Kilgore, East Rockford Middle School, Rockford, MI
Orchestra – Joe Oprea, Lowell Middle School, Lowell, MI

Session 3
Band – Jared Throneberry, Manchester Schools, Manchester, MI
Orchestra – Dr. Amanda Wilton, University of Idaho, Jonesboro, AR

Session 4
Band – Carl Knipe, retired, Owosso Public Schools, Owosso, MI
Orchestra – TBA