The Summer Strings camp is week-long all day orchestra program for students who are entering 7th and 8th grade. We are focused on helping the students to improve their individual technique as well as provide enrichment opportunities on their instruments.
Camp Dates: July 12 – 16, 2021
All students will participate in Orchestra, sectionals, and technique classes each day. Additionally, each student will select two electives from our list of classes to take each day. They will also all take part in recreation time and lunch is provided for all campers each day.
Cost per student: $200
Camp Director: Mrs. Alexandra Jackson, Hofius Intermediate Orchestra Director
Location: Klein Collins High School, 20811 Ella Blvd., Spring, Tx 77388
Deadline to register: July 2, 2021
T-SHIRT DEADLINE: Friday, July 2, 2021 – after this date we cannot guarantee student will receive a t-shirt.
HARD DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 7, 2019 – no new registrations after this date.
Orchestra: All students will be placed into an orchestra based on teacher recommendation and level of experience. Students will rehearse with the orchestra for an hour and a half each day where they will work on preparing a program for the Grand Concert Friday evening.
Sectionals – In these classes the students will be divided by their orchestra part: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, and Bass. They will spend this time working on their parts in the orchestra music.
Technique Classes – These classes will be divided by instrument (violins may be split further due to the high number of students). In here they will work on increasing their technical abilities on their instruments.
Recreation – For thirty minutes each day the students will spend time with some Klein ISD coaches playing games and getting some exercise. It is a good way for students to blow off some steam in between classes.
Each student will select two electives.
Music Theory– Students will learn how music works. This is where you can learn the “nuts and bolts” of music ~ like how scales are built, what intervals are, what chords are and how to build them.
Advanced Music Theory – In the advanced theory class, students will work on deepening their understanding and some basic music composition.
Music History– Students will learn about music through the ages. The class will focus specifically on the evolution of orchestra music through time. Each day the students will learn about a different style or era of orchestra music. This class will help students understand why certain music sounds the way it does and how to tell the difference between different styles.
Chamber Music– Students will be placed in small ensembles with their fellow camp students. Each ensemble will have a faculty coach who will hand select a piece for them to learn and they will perform at the Grand concert at the end of the week. Their faculty coach will work with them every day to help them prepare for their performance
Violin/Viola Vibrato- This elective is only available to violins and violas. In this class they will spend time each day learning to vibrato on their instruments.
Fiddling– This class is only available for violin students. Students will explore the variety of music styles under the umbrella of “fiddle music.” Students will also work on developing some improvisation techniques that are commonly used in performing fiddle music.
Improvising 101– This class is for violas, cellos, and basses only. In this elective, students will learn the basics of how to improvise on their instruments. They will learn about things such as playing by ear and the twelve bar blues. These are skill many students might want to learn if they are interested in playing popular music.
Friday Evening Concert
On Friday evening, July 16, the camp will end with a concert at 7pm. Students will arrive by 6 p.m. wearing their camp t-shirt. There will be a short rehearsal before the concert doors open to family and friends. Students are encouraged to invite family and friends to attend the free concert. All attendees MUST wear a mask. Ushers will help patrons sit socially distanced.