The Youth Camps will help students develop their skills and provide an enriching performance experience. The camps are open to students entering grades 7 – 12, and to graduating seniors. There are camps available in keyboard, vocal, and string performance.
COST: Camp fee is $350.00 which includes room and board for seven nights, tuition for all classes and private lessons. Students may also want to bring some spending money for souvenir shopping in Eureka Springs.
Scholarship information is available upon request.
A $100.00 deposit must accompany the application. It will be non-refundable after June 17, 2017 which is the day those on the waiting list will be notified of camp openings.
An automatic $20.00 scholarship will be granted to all students who were in their All-Region Orchestra, and a $25.00 scholarship will go to All-State Orchestra participants.
The purpose of the camp is to provide each student an enriching keyboard experience. The Piano Camp will feature classes in piano literature, theory, composer study, piano ensemble, improvisation, keyboard skills and digital technology, as well as master class performance sessions. Piano and Strings camp dates are July 31-August 7, 2017.
Special lecture/demonstrations on various topics such as practice, memorization, and sight-reading will be held. In addition, faculty performances, panel discussions, recreational activities, and a final gala concert will be presented.
The educational and musical needs of each student will be developed through daily instruction. Students will be grouped according to their level of proficiency and experience.
Students should have two works fully prepared for study and performance. It is suggested that these works be from contrasting style periods. In addition, each student should bring a third work which is in progress.
String Camp is open to violin, viola, cello and string bass students entering grades 7 – 12, and to graduating seniors.
This unique week-long String Camp is designed for dedicated string students who wish to develop their skill in chamber music and orchestral playing. All students will be grouped into string quartets, string trios, and other chamber ensembles. Each group will explore a chamber work in depth, learn rehearsal techniques and performance skills through daily coachings and chamber master classes, and then perform the work on a final gala concert. In addition, all students will join forces in a string orchestra, which will rehearse substantial works of the string orchestra repertoire in daily rehearsals and sectionals, and will also perform on the gala concert.
All students must send a cassette tape or CD of their best solo playing (no more than 8 minutes – leave out the piano accompaniment) for entrance into the camp, as well as to determine chamber music assignments and preliminary orchestra seating. Enrollment will be limited. Students should be prepared to perform a solo work on a recital during the camp. Please bring the original solo music and accompaniment.
The Youth Vocal Camp will be July 23-July 31 and is open to students entering grades 7 – 12, and to graduating seniors.
This exciting Camp for serious vocal students will provide the opportunity for performance of choral literature of various styles, musical theatre, and art song repertoire. Additional classes will be offered in piano, music theory, and stage movement. Students will learn rehearsal techniques and performance skills through daily instruction in master classes, choral and “Broadway” rehearsals, and sectionals. In addition, student solo recitals, recreational activities, faculty performances and two gala concerts will be presented.
All students must send a cassette tape or CD of their vocal abilities for entrance into the camp, as well as to determine musical repertoire assignments. The tape or CD should include one art song in English OR in a foreign language AND one musical theatre selection. Enrollment will be limited. Students should be prepared to perform a solo art song in master class and on a recital during the camp. Bring TWO works from the song repertoire – one English and one in a foreign language. Please bring the original music.
Established in 1950, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony is a self-contained facility located seven miles west of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Situated on top of Rock Candy Mountain, it boasts an incredible view and atmosphere in which to make exciting music.
Students will be housed in dormitories designed for two to four per room. Participants are asked to indicate any roommate preferences on the application. Students are responsible for upkeep and maintenance of dorm rooms and for any damages that may occur. A final inspection of the area will be conducted before students are dismissed from camp. Dorm counselors will be present at night and for daily wake-up calls and room check.
Youth Camp Faculty:
Camp Director: Kathryn Hickman
Artist-in-Residence: Starla Hibler
Composer-in-Residence: Kevin C. Costley, Ph.D.
Composer-in-Residence: Ellen Foncannon Stephenson
Choir/Vocal Coaching: Larry Baldwin
Keyboard Skills: Marcy Prescott
Choir/Vocal Coaching: Larry Baldwin
Viola: Lacey Savage
Viola/Music History: Curtis Hansen
Violin: Judy Rownak
Cello: Kristin Mills
The rules for enrollment, acceptance and participation in the piano camp for Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony are absolutely without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin or physical disability.