Due to the unsettled epidemic in 2021, OPUS plans to hold the 19th annual CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP in the HYBRID format in 2021. Hybrid means a part of the program, or the total program if still in epidemic, will be offered virtually. This Hybrid Camp would be the 2nd OPUS virtual learning camp for young violin, viola, cello, contrabass, piano and other instrumental musicians, ages 8 through 18 and college-studying teaching assistants (TAs).
Students’ involvements are from mid-July through August 7th.
A full description of the Camp program, faculty, TAs, deadlines, fees, and fun activities can be viewed in Camp Brochure. Students’ activities in July will be by arrangements; and will be daily for most of the day in the Camp Week of August 2nd – August 6th. Families should minimize other activities for their camper child during the August week. Please check Camp Schedule for more details.
Music and chamber grouping will be determined in early July and music emailed to campers to practice. OPUS faculty will check students’ progress multiple times in July to ensure rhythm is “on the right click.” The focuses of the Camp Week will then be on articulation, intonation, dynamics, and possibly phrasing and expression. High-quality coaching will guide young chamber musicians to perform beautiful classical chamber music in a culminating concert either in Wentz Hall or on the web. Campers’ own musical creations will also be displayed in Arts Connections Showcase. Fun exercises and live chat will lighten up each day.
OPUS aims at achieving the same high-performance results. Students are expected to leave with improved musical development and listening skills, the creation of web-inspired musicality, and social connections with like-minded peers.
When opportunities open up, OPUS students will be asked to perform to benefit the community, especially for veterans and senior citizens, in-person or through virtual activities such as streaming concerts and providing videos to elder community groups.