The Orchestra Program at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is designed to challenge students of all proficiency levels. Students are grouped by ability, as determined by auditions, and our orchestra conducting staff selects a challenging repertoire for all ensembles. 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. See minors for a complete listing of courses. Students also have the opportunity to hear a variety of performances presented as a part of Blue Lake’s Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.
The Advanced Chamber Orchestra (ACO) offers advanced string players in sessions 1, 2, and 3 a professional orchestra experience. ACO members rehearse daily with Blue Lake’s faculty and staff in the Summer Arts Festival Orchestra and perform significant works of standard repertoire on the Saturday evening Blue Lake Public Radio live worldwide broadcast for the radio audience and an audience of 2,000 in Stewart Shell. The ACO also performs its own recital on the final Sunday of the session. In addition to ensemble and sectional rehearsals, ACO members’ educational day includes private lessons and assistance with their music from distinguished faculty, conductors, and guest artists. Daily individual practice time is built in the schedule.
Repertoire for ACO members in Session 1 will include Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48; Grieg, Holberg Suite, Op. 40; Bloch, Concerto Grosso No. 1 with Piano Obbligato; Mendelssohn, The Hebrides (overture); Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition. Repertoire in Session 2 will include Turina, La Oración del Torero, Op. 34; Britten, Simple Symphony, Op. 4; Verdi, La Forza del Destino Overture; Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43. Session 3 repertoire will include Mozart, Divertimento in F major, K. 138; Elgar, Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20; J. Strauss II, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214; Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, Sinfonia Eroica.
String students interested in auditioning for the Advanced Chamber Orchestra must submit an audition by February 28. Significant scholarship aid toward camp tuition is available to those who quality. Visit bluelake.org/scholarships for detailed audition requirements.
The High School Orchestra Program (sessions 1 and 2) in Central Camp consists of four student orchestras: Advanced Chamber Orchestra (see above), Masterworks Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra.
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 Borodin Symphony No. 2 in B minor. The Session 2 Masterworks Orchestra will perform the Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88. Student strings are placed in the Masterworks Orchestra based upon competitive audition on Opening Day of the session. Student winds and percussion are selected in advance via recorded audition by February 28 -- significant scholarship aid toward camp tuition is available to those who qualify. Call 800-221-3796 or visit scholarships for detailed audition requirements.
The High School Symphony and Concert Orchestras provide student members with a range of challenging orchestral repertoire. Student strings are placed in these ensembles based upon an audition on Opening Day of the session. Student winds and percussion interested in orchestra must initially enroll in “Band” and are selected by audition on opening day. 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 music ensembles as scheduling permits.
The Intermediate Orchestra Program (sessions 3 and 4) in Central Camp consists of five student orchestras: Advanced Chamber Orchestra (see above), Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and two String Orchestras. Each of the Intermediate Orchestras provide students with a range of challenging orchestral repertoire. While the repertoire for concert and string orchestras will be announced on Opening Day of the session, the session 3 Symphony Orchestra program will include Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus, excerpts from Tales from the Vienna Woods, and the Radetzky March, and the session 4 Symphony Orchestra program will include Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco and Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2. With the exception of ACO members who are pre-assigned, student strings are placed in ensembles based upon audition on Opening Day of the session. Student winds and percussion interested in orchestra must initially enroll in “Band” and are selected by audition on opening day. 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 music as scheduling permits.
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 seaon, each orchestra student will have the opportunity to apply for the International Youth Symphony Orchestra, which will tour Europe during the summer of 2020, as part of Blue Lake's International Exchange Program. For additional information on this exciting opportunity visit bluelake.org/international.
Orchestra Conductors 2019
Session 1: June 26 – July 7
Advanced Chamber Orchestra - Alexander Jimenez, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Masterworks Orchestra - John Riegel, Darby High School, Hilliard, OH
Symphony Orchestra – Laurie Bitters, Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
Concert Orchestra - Willie McAllister, retired, Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
Session 2: July 10 – July 21
Advanced Chamber Orchestra – Raphael Jimenez, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Masterworks Orchestra – Bryan Kolk, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
Symphony Orchestra – Suren Petrosyan, Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason, MI
Concert Orchestra - Edward Zunic, Upper Arlington City Schools, Upper Arlington, OH
Session 3: July 24 – August 4
Advanced Chamber Orchestra – Igor Kalnin, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Symphony Orchestra - James Roach, retired, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI
Concert Orchestra - Joshua Kimball, New Berlin School District, New Berlin, WI
Bartlett Orchestra – Sarah Dorian, The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA
Marek Orchestra – James Gross, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Session 4: August 7 – August 18
Symphony Orchestra – Peter Lograsso, Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook, IL
Concert Orchestra – David Farquhar, School District 45, Villa Park, IL
Bartlett Orchestra - To Be Determined
Marek Orchestra - Nina White, Smart Middle School, Commerce Township, MI