Conservatory Program

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.

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.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

INSTRUMENTALISTS Please include the following in the recording:

  • 6 major scales and 6 harmonic minor scales that demonstrate your range, intonation, tone and fluency
  • 2 contrasting solo pieces that best demonstrate your overall playing ability (concerto movement, etude, jazz standard, etc.) ===> We prefer to hear a district or all-state level piece. Your teacher should be able to advise you on specific choices.

VOCALISTS: Please include the following in the recording:

  • Sing two major scales in solfege (do-re-mi) that best demonstrate your range, intonation, and fluency
  • 2 contrasting solo pieces that best demonstrate your overall ability


A basic overview of ensembles and other principal activities available to conservatory campers, based on their instrument or voice, is as follows:

Piano–Classical
Chamber music, individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, performance class, piano workshop, optional Accompaniment Class, optional Sight-reading Class

Piano–Jazz
Combo, individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, improvisation, jazz band, jazz piano workshop, performance class

Strings
Chamber music, chamber orchestra (w/faculty members), individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, performance class, senior orchestra

Wind/Brass/Percussion–Classical
Chamber music, chamber orchestra (w/faculty members), individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class, performance class, senior orchestra, wind ensemble

Wind/Brass/Percussion–Jazz
Combo, individual practice—2 hours daily, jazz band, conservatory master class, performance class, wind ensemble

Vocal
Chamber choir, chorus, individual practice—2 hours daily, conservatory master class or musical theater, performance class, vocal chamber music, voice workshop

Other Activities
One hour of a musical or recreational elective is available each day, but does not include a musical theater option for instrumentalists, because the Conservatory Program requirements do not allow enough time for instrumental majors to participate in theater. Voice majors may participate in musical theater, since that is a primary performance vehicle for them. In addition to trip days with the whole camp, conservatory students do have occasional extra trips out of camp to attend professional chamber music concerts in the local area.