Our Conservatory Program is designed for upper campers (intermediates & seniors) who wish to focus more intensely on developing their musical skills than would be possible in the traditional upper camp program. Since it is level based, admittance to this program is by audition only, either via a recording or an in person audition.
Conservatory campers receive 2 hours of private instruction each week. We encourage conservatory campers to take all their private lessons on their primary instrument, but we do allow lessons on two instruments if a camper has a strong preference to study two. In that case, the camper would receive 1.5 hours of lesson time each week on the primary instrument and .5 hours on the secondary instrument.
We encourage conservatory campers to perform as much as possible. Frequent performance opportunities are built into the regular fabric of Encore/Coda, including regular camper concerts, staff concerts, performance & master classes and special end-of-session concerts. In addition to these many in-camp performances, conservatory campers sometimes have the opportunity to perform in occasional out-of-camp concerts as well.
A basic overview of ensembles and other principal activities available to conservatory campers, based on their instrument or voice, is as follows:
Accompanying class, chamber music, individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, performance class, piano workshop
Combo, individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, improvisation, jazz band, jazz piano workshop, performance class
Chamber music, chamber orchestra (w/faculty members), individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, performance class, senior orchestra
Chamber music, chamber orchestra (w/faculty members), individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, performance class, senior orchestra, wind ensemble
Combo, individual practice—2 hours daily, jazz band, conservatory master class, performance class, wind ensemble
Chamber choir, chorus, individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class or musical theater, performance class, vocal chamber music, voice workshop
One hour of a musical or recreational elective is available each day, but does not include a musical theater option for instrumentalists, because the Conservatory Program requirements do not allow enough time for instrumental majors to participate in theater. Voice majors may participate in musical theater, since that is a primary performance vehicle for them. In addition to trip days with the whole camp, conservatory students do have occasional extra trips out of camp to attend professional chamber music concerts in the local area.
For the full Conservatory schedule form, click here.