The Orchestra Program at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is designed to challenge string students of all proficiency levels. Students will be grouped by ability within one of three string orchestras after submitting a placement video prior to the camp session. Our orchestra conducting staff selects a challenging repertoire for each level of ensemble, featuring string works by traditional and contemporary composers including Grieg, Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Elgar, Ireland, Bruch, DeFalla, and Mendelssohn.
Students receive five hours of intensive daily full rehearsals, sectionals, and technique classes. Students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. (For more information, visit Minors). Students also have the opportunity to participate in recreation, camp activities, and attend arts-focused educational events in the evening.
As part of our response to summer camp operational guidelines relating to COVID-19, Blue Lake is currently unable to offer larger, full orchestra experiences at this time. If restrictions ease prior to the start of camp, winds and percussion may be added to some ensembles. For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.
Blue Lake’s Junior Orchestra Program in Camp Bernstein offers a string orchestra program for younger students with less musical experience. For more details, see Junior Camp.
Blue Lake International
During the summer season, each orchestra student will have the opportunity to apply for the International Youth Symphony Orchestra, which will tour Europe during the summer of 2022, as part of Blue Lake's International Exchange Program. For additional information on this exciting opportunity visit bluelake.org/international.
Orchestra Conductors 2021
Ravel Chamber Orchestra - Brad Pfeil, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL
Marek String Orchestra - Willie McAllister, retired, Farmington Hills, MI
Bartlett String Orchestra - Sandra Shaw, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Portage, MI
Ravel Chamber Orchestra - Bryan Kolk, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
Marek String Orchestra - Suren Petrosyan, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Bartlett String Orchestra - Amanda Wilton, University of Idaho, Jonesboro, AR
Ravel Chamber Orchestra - Jim Roach, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Portage, MI
Marek String Orchestra - James Gross, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Bartlett String Orchestra - TBA
Ravel Chamber Orchestra - Pete Lograsso, Northbrook School District, Westchester, IL
Marek String Orchestra - Dave Farquhar, Villa Park School District, Lombard, IL
Bartlett String Orchestra - TBA
Advanced Chamber Orchestra – Alex Jimenez, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Masterworks Orchestra – John Riegel, Darby High School, Hilliard, OH
Symphony Orchestra – Willie McAllister Jr., retired, Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
Concert Orchestra – Sandra Shaw, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI
Advanced Chamber Orchestra – Raphael Jimenez, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Masterworks Orchestra – Bryan Kolk, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
Symphony Orchestra – Suren Petrosyan, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Concert Orchestra – Amanda Wilton, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Advanced Chamber Orchestra – Igor Kalnin, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Symphony Orchestra – James Roach, retired, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI
Concert Orchestra – James Gross, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Bartlett Orchestra – Sarah Dorian, Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, UT
Marek Orchestra – Joshua Kimball, New Berlin School District, New Berlin, WI
Symphony Orchestra – Peter Lograsso, Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook, IL
Concert Orchestra – David Farquhar, School District 45, Villa Park, IL
Bartlett Orchestra – Jeri Muehleise, Westport Public School District, Westport, CT
Marek Orchestra – Nina White, Smart Middle School, Commerce Township, MI