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Summer Orchestra and Piano Camp

Picture of sheet music.

General Information

The McDaniel College Orchestra and Piano Studies Camp will be held from Sunday, July 10, through Saturday, July 16, 2016. Students entering grades 7-12 are eligible to register for the camp. Tuition for commuting students with the meal plan is $625.00 (this includes lunch and dinner from Sunday evening through Friday night); tuition for camp residents is $775.00 (room and all meals). Family Discount: We offer a family discount of $50.00 off the tuition fee for a second family member who wishes to attend the camp.

A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due by June 15, 2016 in order to hold a place for you in the camp. The balance will be due by June 30, 2016.  Please make note of these dates. Make all checks payable to: McDaniel College

Click here to download the 2016 McDaniel Orchestra and Piano Studies camp application »

Housing

Students will be housed in the Garden Apartments on campus. Three to four students will be assigned to each apartment. If you have a roommate preference, please indicate so on the application.

Auditions

Auditions will occur after campers have checked in on Sunday, July 10, 2016 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for resident campers. Commuters will audition after check-in between 4:00 and 4:40 p.m.

All string players should bring their instrument, mute, rosin and a wire/metal music stand to camp. Please prepare two contrasting selections for your seating audition, and be prepared to play several major scales that demonstrate your level of training (2 and 3 octave scales, when possible). Pianists: please prepare two contrasting selections for your audition, which will be held in Levine Hall Room 101, also known as the Recital Hall.

Staff

The Piano Studies/Chamber Music Director is Dr. David Kreider, McDaniel College Music Faculty member; the String Orchestra Director is Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick, McDaniel College Music Faculty member and conductor of the Westminster Symphony Orchestra.

Check-in and Check-out Times

Check-in time and auditions will be between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for resident campers. Commuters will check in and audition between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. Check out will be Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., before the final concert, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in WMC Alumni Hall on July 16, 2016. 

Scholarship Information

*Please read all of the information below if applying for a scholarship.

ANY APPLICANT THAT IS APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP MUST SUBMIT THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATION, $100.00 deposit, and a copy of the program dated for this year (2016 for orchestra, 2015 for Piano Guild) in one envelope, indicating the student's participation in an All-County, All-Shore, All-State Orchestra or Piano Guild Auditions. Students who have participated in one of these venues will automatically receive a scholarship. There is a limit of one scholarship per student; i.e., if you participated in both county and state orchestra, you will receive the higher amount of financial assistance. Do not send the program separately; students will not be considered for a scholarship if the program arrives separately.

ALL-COUNTY/SHORE ORCHESTRA SCHOLARSHIPS – $75.00 each; student has to have participated in his/her respective All-County Orchestra during this year (2016).  Please provide proof (photocopy of a program). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.

ALL-STATE ORCHESTRA SCHOLARSHIPS – $100.00 each; student has to have participated in his/her respective All-State Orchestra during this year (2016). Please provide proof (photocopy of a program). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.

PIANO GUILD PARTICIPANT SCHOLARSHIPS – $75.00 each; student must present their certificate of participation in the 2015 audition for his/her local National Guild of Piano Teachers . Please provide proof (photocopy of certificate). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.

Schedule

The following is a sample of the usual schedule for a camper. Commuting students are expected to arrive at camp by 8:45 a.m. They are allowed to leave for the dinner break (2-3 hours), but are expected back in the evening. All evening classes are required. Commuters are also allowed to swim in the evening.

Typical Daily Schedule*

9:00 - 10:30 STRINGS: SECTIONAL REHEARSAL
PIANO: INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME
10:15 - 11:45
10:45 - 11:45
ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL
PIANO LITERATURE CLASS
12:00 - 12:50 LUNCH
1:00 - 2:15 STRINGS: INDIVIDUAL & CHAMBER MUSIC PRACTICE TIME
PIANO: CHAMBER MUSIC REHEARSALS
2:30 - 4:00 ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL
PIANO STUDIES: TBA
4:00 - 7:00 BREAK & DINNER
7:00 - 9:00 EVENING CLASS: IMPROVISATION, CMOTH CONCERT,
LEARN A NEW INSTRUMENT, ACTING/STAGE PRESENCE 101,
FRIDAY EVENING: FINAL PIANO/CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT @ 7:00pm in Levine Recital Hall FOR PIANO CAMP PARTICIPANTS & selected orchestra camp members.
9:30 - 10:30 SWIMMING on Sunday, Thursday and Friday,
MOVIE/GAME NIGHT WITH CAMP PARTY ON WEDNESDAY

* Subject to change

Opening Day Schedule

Once you have registered, you will have a seating audition. Resident campers may move their gear into their rooms first (DO NOT UNPACK!), and then proceed to the audition area in Hill Hall. After auditioning, campers will return to their apartments to unpack. Parents are free to leave at that point, and campers will have time to practice in their rooms until dinner, which is scheduled for 5:45 that evening. Commuter check-in is from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by seating auditions for string players in Hill Hall.

There will be an orientation session for all campers at 7 p.m. in Levine Hall Room 100. An evening rehearsal will begin at 7:30 for the string orchestra, and piano students will meet in room 101 with Dr. Kreider. All campers will be allowed to swim from 9:30-10:30 p.m. (including commuters).