Available to our Middler campers who are finishing 5th and 6th grade
Our Prelude Program is is the Lower Camp precursor to our Upper Camp Conservatory Program, created specifically for Middlers who are eager to experience a rigorous musical lesson and practice schedule, and whose musical talent is on par with upper campers. It is not available to Staccato campers. Since it is level-based, admittance to this program is by audition only, via a video or audio recording.
Private Lessons: Prelude campers receive 2 hours of private instruction each week. This is split into 1.5 hours on their primary instrument, and 30 minutes on their secondary instrument. Of course, campers can study only one instrument and receive the full 2 hours-worth of lessons on that instrument. If the schedule allows, we will split the middler’s lessons into 3: an hour lesson, and 2 separate 30 minute lessons, so the camper will have lessons more often throughout the week.
Practice: All Prelude campers are required to have 1 hour of individual practice time in their schedule during the day, which is in addition to the lower camp required “Supervised Practice” which happens directly after dinner.
Upper Camp Opportunities: Each Prelude camper will be placed into 1 upper camp performing ensemble in addition to their regularly scheduled lower camp ensembles.
Performance: We encourage our Prelude 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.
Lower Campers who are still looking for an intense musical experience but don’t play at the Prelude level will still be able to design their schedule to be packed with great musical instruction most hours of the day!