Summer music camp more about experiences, memories and growth than about the music itself
And now for a moment of really bad music mated with amazing experiences.
We're coming up to the last two weeks of August, when literally everything musical takes a breather before Labour day. It's also a time when all the kids who've been at summer music camp come home with 30 new texting pals and a head full of memories.
I thought I'd do a quick troll of 2010 classical music camp moments on YouTube. The irony of these clips is that, behind all the musical problems lie a range of experiences that have helped these kids grow as musicians and as human beings. Invisible are the collaborative spirit, the mastery of technical hurdles and the mixing of music and friendship -- something that's a bit more rare during the go-go schedules of the school year.
If you've ever attended a music camp, this should bring back a memory or two. If you haven't, think about encouraging some parents or children you know to give it a try next summer.
This bit of Bach Brandenburg 3 is from Vivace Music Camp. This is a common name for music camps, and, because the peoeple who posted this video didn't leave details, I can't tell you where this is:
Here is the percussion ensemble from Camp Allegro -- same problem with figuring out the location, although I think this is in Atlanta, GA:
Always timely, here is Brahm's Academic Festival Overture, as heard in California's Sonoma County woods last month, at Cazadero Performing Arts Camp:
The prize for sheer fun has to go to this group of kids from a show-choir camp (I have no idea where this happened):