Summer Harp and Piano Camps


This summer, the University of Redlands will once again host two of the most enriching camps available for local musicians.

Summer Harp Camp will take place July 21 to 26, with a free closing concert at 7 p.m. July 26 in Loewe Performance Hall. Performances will include The Great Gate of Kiev, Debussy’s Prelude a l’Apres-midi d’un Faun, Debussy’s Petite Suite, and Un Bal, the second movement of Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.

Summer Piano Camp will run July 28 to August 1, with a free final concert at 4 p.m. August 1 in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall.

This is the Harp Camp’s sixth summer, and will focus on working with high school, college, and adults students. Participants will spend a considerable amount of time on the pedal harp, the emphasis on orchestra audition repertoire.

“Anyone interested in working on these excerpts, either learning new material or brushing up on the warhorses, should attend,” coordinator Mary Dropkin said. “In addition to the excerpts, we will also be doing large ensemble pieces, all arrangements of standard orchestra works. All attendees, including the clinicians, will be performing in the closing concert, and we will have a guest flutist and guest conductors.”

Harp Camp days are filled with practicing, taking lessons, making friends, and even yoga.

“It is fun, challenging, strenuous, and those attending are always amazed by how much they are capable of doing during a one-week time period,” Dropkin said. “Students leave camp with an incredible amount of new knowledge and understand of their instrument, what they are capable of doing, and hopefully a new eagerness to learn new music. Perhaps some may consider career options that they hadn’t previously considered.”

Piano Camp, also in its sixth year, is different from other summer piano programs, in that it does not offer private lessons. The emphasis instead is on musical enrichment and growth for junior and high school pianists through interaction with faculty and students.

“The camp’s goal is to enhance a student’s enjoyment of the piano and to foster a deeper appreciation for music while working together in a supportive environment of enthusiastic teachers, aides and fellow campers,” Louanne Long, executive director, said.

Campers will participate in such classes as “Listening with our Eyes,” “Lights! Music! Action!” and “A Piano Has Guts.” They will also explore playing the harpsichord and organ, and will learn more about sight-reading, accompanying, and composition.

“All the classes and activities are upbeat with lots of interaction between students and teachers,” Long said. “The Summer Piano Camp provides a thriving environment in which to learn, grow and have fun at the same time."

Campers come from all over Southern California, and even the world: According to Long, in 2013, four students came from American Samoa for the Summer Piano Camp, along with their parents, siblings, piano teacher, two administrators from the Samoan governor’s office, and the captain of the Samoan Army – 22 people in all. University of Redlands students also participate in both of the camps, serving as teachers and mentors.

“The piano camp offers outstanding practical experience for current piano majors at the University of Redlands,” Long said. “Working at the camp becomes an extension of the piano pedagogy course required in their degree program. Each summer, piano majors are employed as aides; in fact, without them the camp would not be as successful as it is.”

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Posted: June 19, 2014
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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