On Friday, July 23, the 4-week Conservatory Summer Program came to a close. The high quality of the end-of-camp performances illuminated just how much music the campers absorbed, prepared and presented over such a short period of time.
This year, performances were both recorded and presented live. At the end of Weeks 2 and 3, Conservatory alumnus Chris Landy videoed and Marilou Yacoub produced over 90 minutes of material which was presented on the Conservatory YouTube Channel. The final day of camp marked a return to live Summer Festival performances in Sommer Center for the first time since Summer 2019.
Chamber Music campers each participated in many ensembles—often on multiple instruments—playing a diverse repertoire of music from the Renaissance through the present day, and student composers had their works performed by faculty and fellow campers. The canon of Charles Strouse was explored in the Vocal Arts program, while the Musical Theatre campers presented scenes from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Academy campers built their musicianship with theory and ear-training, and presented their research on various composers, songs, and musical styles, and the Rock Band cooked up classics from The Monkees, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and other great bands.
The Summer 2021 camp experience one we will never forget, and it is all thanks to the campers, their parents and the dedicated faculty and staff.