The morning ensembles
In the morning, musicians play in one of six ensembles:
- Davis Symphony Orchestra (AMEB Grade 5 standard and above)
- Alexander Wind Ensemble (AMEB Grade 5 standard and above)
- Hardie Wind Ensemble (AMEB Grade 2 to Grade 4)
- Newman String Ensemble (AMEB Grade 2 to Grade 4)
- Pringle Wind Ensemble (beginners to AMEB Grade 2)
- Cran String Ensemble (beginners to AMEB Grade 2)
Rehearsals are taken by the conductor of each ensemble. And when we need to really work on the parts in detail, the ensembles split into tutorials, which are taken by an experienced performer in your instrument. The conductors and tutors are terrific musicians, who will inspire you with their enthusiasm. So will the other Campers. You'll meet other people who play your instrument, and you can exchange or learn new ideas.
What's more, all campers sing in a massed choir, under the direction of a specialist choral conductor.
Our beginner ensembles, Cran (strings) and Pringle (woodwind and brass) are designed for students who have been learning for a minimum of six months. Students in Cran and Pringle must be able to read music and play their instruments.
The morning ensembles play in the public concert on Saturday night.
But the morning isn't all. We have more awesome things in the afternoons, too
What do people say about it?
'[In tutorials] we learnt more than just the pieces - i.e. about the instrument + general playing, helping us to improve in more than just this group - we still learnt the pieces along the way.'
'I learnt more about music in a week than I have for ages and ages!'
'I have been able to extend myself & learn heaps about playing in groups we don't have at home'