Brass, Woodwind & Chime Camps

Join us for Summer Music Camps Week at Pakachoag.

What to Expect at Summer Music Camps Week

Summer Music Brass, Woodwind and Chime-In Camps Week is for Jr High and High School Students who would like to build musicianship, ensemble and performance skills, in a small group setting.  We’ve provided more information below about what to expect.

To participate in the Woodwind or Brass Chamber Ensembles, 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.

Those with more limited experience and non-wind players can participate as part of our handchime-percussion ensemble.

  • Choose One or Two Weeks*
  • Each Summer music camp week includes:
    • Brass OR Woodwind OR Chime small ensembles
    • Handchime and Percussion BIG Ensemble (HA-PE Hour) for everyone
    • Practice Workshops (week 1) and Performance Workshops (week 2)
    • Extended Afternoons for Working Parents
  • 9:00 to 3:00 pm each day; with 3 to 4 available as extended stay option.

*Each week, we will be playing different music and enjoying varied activities.  That means for students attending both weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to build on week one skills and take on a leadership role during week two for some activities.

Summer Music Camps Schedules

Session I:  Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2nd  and/or

Session II:  Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9th

9:00 to 3:00 pm each day; with option to extend for 4:00 pm.

Bring a morning snack; and bring your lunch. We’ll provide afternoon snack for extended day students.  NO Nuts, please.

Tuition & Registration

  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee (covers pre-screening and placement): $20
  • Any one week:  $296 / $285 (check/cash discount)
  • Both weeks:  $577 / $555 (check/cash discount)
  • Sibling Discount:  Subtract $20

Extended Stay (until 4:00 pm each day),  Per Child (no discounts)

  • One week:  Add $52 /  $50 (check/cash discount)
  • Two weeks: $97  / $90  (check/cash discount)

To register, please complete one of the options below depending on your payment method.  If applying for Brass or Woodwind camp, please also submit 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

Paying with check or cash? please complete this Web Registration Form.

Web Registration Form


OR Paying with credit card? Please complete this Student Information Form.

Student Information Form

What You Will Learn

Each day we’ll explore, through conversation, demonstration, and participation, the foundation principles of good musicianship.  During the course of the week, we’ll guide you in how to manage a rehearsal in a small, chamber group setting; how to set appropriate goals; tips for practicing separate of the group; and guidelines for good ensemble and performance etiquette.

Students will be assigned, according to level, to a chamber group (winds or brass) rehearsing the standard trio, quartet, or quintet repertoire; or to the handchime-percussion ensemble*.

Afternoon workshops for practice (week 1) and performance (week 2) will incorporate relaxation and focus skills using the Alexander Technique.

Each student will leave at the end of the week with a set of skills that can be used in a variety of musical settings. This includes tasks for how to make rehearsals efficient and purposeful.  We’ll also provide tips on how to motivate, lead and guide your team mates; and how to make a performance “musical” without a conductor.

The week will be particularly purposeful for students who wish to advance in solo or ensemble auditions and competitions.

*More About Chime-In

Our Handchime-Percussion ensemble is an exciting opportunity for developing musicians to learn and engage listening and playing skills.  We’ll do this as part of a fun, interactive ensemble setting.  Every player matters and every note matters.

Chiming is an excellent opportunity for students with little or no ensemble/group playing experience.  Chiming is also ideal for students with very basic music background.

Pre-Requisites:  Students should know basic rhythmic values: whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes.

No previous handchime/bell experience necessary.  You do not need to have taken formal music lessons.

No purchase of music or instrument necessary.    An enthusiastic, winning attitude a must!

About our Faculty

Chime Teacher, Kristjon Imperio

Kristjon Imperio has taught and led handbell ‘choirs’ in a range of settings:  From accompanying a nursing home chime choir as a teenager, to teaching middle-school handbells as a college student, to directing and managing handbell choirs as a church musician.  For the past four years, Kristjon has also served in the role of massed choir director for Worcester’s annual “Handbell Extravaganza” at First Baptist Worcester.  Beyond bells and choirs, Kristjon also teaches piano lessons for middle and high school aged students.

Woodwind Specialist, Colton Ray Cox

Brass Specialist, Scott Daugherty

Workshops with Curtis Smith

Faculty member Curtis Smith has taught practice and performance workshops using Alexander Technique to middle and high school students for five years in Tallahassee, FL.  He also provides private lesson AT coaching for school-aged and adult students.   Curtis completed a three year certification training course with the Alexander Technique School New England, based in Amherst, in 2010.