Our Conservatory Program was originally designed for Senior Campers who were preparing for college auditions. We have since opened it up to Intermediates who are looking for a rigorous musical experience and play at a very high level. Since it is level based, admittance to this program is by audition only, via a video or audio recording.
Campers who are still looking for an intense musical experience but don’t play at the conservatory level will still be able to design their schedule to be packed with great musical instruction most hours of the day!
Conservatory campers receive 2 hours of private instruction each week. We encourage conservatory campers to take all their private lessons on their primary instrument, but we do allow lessons on two instruments if a camper has a strong preference to study two. In that case, the camper would receive 1.5 hours of lesson time each week on the primary instrument and .5 hours on the secondary instrument.
All of our conservatory campers participate in Master Class, which meets 2 hours per week. This class is a non-competitive environment that nurtures collaborative musical growth for our most advanced campers.
We encourage conservatory 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. In addition to these many in-camp performances, conservatory campers sometimes have the opportunity to perform in occasional out-of-camp concerts as well.