Summer Music Camp
For over 60 years, Sarasota Orchestra has made music education a priority for aspiring young musicians by providing an unparalleled experience for students at all levels, beginner through advanced.
Why Choose Us?
This two-week fun-filled musical learning experience is open to students of all abilities for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students. Daily instruction at the Orchestra Center will include rehearsals in a large ensemble, an instrument technique class, and an elective class. Elective classes change each year but can include one of the following: music theory, rhythm, ear training, audition prep, sight-reading, and so much more. On the final day, we move to Riverview High School to present our end of camp concert. Don’t be nervous – auditions are NOT required for participation.
LOCAL and ESTABLISHED TRAINING
Instruction at all Levels
Our camp promises an incredible experience and provides a structure that will improve skills and technique for the years ahead. Don’t be nervous – auditions are NOT required for participation.
Apply today for an immersive and enriching music environment.
COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND PROCEDURES
Safety of students, faculty, and staff is central to our planning. We will continue to monitor public health trends and conditions, and evolving guidelines from the CDC. Current protocols require students to be masked at all times; wind students may remove their mask when actively playing. Protocols for the Summer Music Camp will be mailed to all families in early June.
What We Provide
Skill Building: Build on what you’ve gained through lessons, practice, and ensembles. Summer Music Camp allows you to exercise the skills you’ve learned during the year and to learn NEW skills that will make you better prepared to start the next school year.
Local/Established Training: Our faculty are local school music educators and/or Sarasota Orchestra musicians who are HIGHLY respected in their areas of expertise.
Instruction at All Levels: We cover all the bases, from beginner through advanced levels. With EIGHT ENSEMBLES, all students will be placed in a full ensemble with students at the same ability. No other camp offers this many levels or guarantees a full ensemble experience for all students.
Elective Classes: Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Music History, Sight Singing, Ear Training, Rhythm, World Drumming, Jazz Ensemble, and Full Orchestra are all part of our format, though the options vary from year to year. We guarantee you’ll love every class!
Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. It is possible that the class you request may reach capacity before the June 1st deadline, so early registration is recommended. Applications received after June 1st will be considered only if space is available. An enrollment confirmation will be mailed prior to the beginning of classes.
Instruments are required for each student and should be brought with them the first day of camp. Students wishing to borrow an instrument from their school should obtain permission from the school music teacher before the end of the school year. Sarasota Orchestra has a limited number of certain instruments for loan. (Inquire in advance with the Education Dept.) Area music stores also have rental instruments available. Percussion students: bring a pair of drumsticks size 2A or 5B and a practice pad – available at area music stores.
This is in addition to the $25 application fee and is due upon invoice. The tuition is only a fraction of the actual cost to Sarasota Orchestra per student. Through the generosity of many donors and numerous foundations, we are able to off-set tuition expenses.
Scholarships are offered to assist families who are in need of financial support and are made available by the generosity of private donors and grants (see form on application).
Do you know a student that would enjoy being a part of our program? Help us spread the word and receive $20 off your tuition for each new student.
Example: Talk with 5 new students that meet the requirements and receive $100 off your tuition.