We would say yes! Pakachoag’s summer chamber music workshops blend high-quality instruction from experienced teaching artists with the fun and excitement of making music with other students who love music. Our coaches are drawn from among Pakachoag faculty and friends with experience specific to chamber music.
If you play an orchestral string, brass or woodwind instrument, or piano, chamber music is a fun and effective way to improve your playing skills. A harpsichord is available for students with interest in baroque music.
In rehearsals and master class-style sessions, we’ll cover a variety of topics like rhythm, phrasing, listening, intonation, projection and blend.
To participate, students should have at least one year of music lessons (in-school or out-of school; private or group) or ensemble experience with a band, woodwind or brass group.
The camp will be particularly helpful for students playing at the Central District level or hoping to audition for Districts in the future.
Session I: July. 3 weeks. Exact weeks and day of week TBD based on instrumentation and level.
Session II: August. 3 weeks. Weeks ad day of week TBD based on instrumentation and level.
Evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Chamber music requires that we match students according to background and playing level. Please submit as soon as you are able a roughly 16-32 measure unaccompanied sample of your playing for placement purposes. Recordings on cell phones or other digital devices is acceptable. Please e-mail your recording sample to Kristjon@pakmusic.org
Please also complete this Student Information Form. We’ll ask for payment once we know if we have at least two other students who match your level and instrumentation options.Student Information Form
Students will be assigned, according to level, to a chamber group (winds or brass, with keyboard if appropriate) rehearsing the standard trio, quartet, or quintet repertoire.
During the course of our summer three-week workshop, we’ll rehearse pre-selected music. We’ll work on how to make the most of rehearsal time. That will include creating expanded rhythmic awareness, as well as sensitivity for intonation among different instruments. We’ll also work on techniques for rehearsing more expressive phrasing as an ensemble. We’ll set goals for each subsequent meeting and provide tips for practicing separate of the group.
The week will be particularly purposeful for students who wish to advance in solo or ensemble auditions and competitions.