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Summer String Festival

The Camp Day

A Day Full of Music and Friends

Students are dropped off at EMS — 480 Next Day Hill Drive, Englewood, NJ — with their instruments, music, and lunches.

The morning begins with an all-Festival warm-up at 9 a.m. with students separated by orchestra/Suzuki group.

Students then move into their sectionals based on levels or orchestra rehearsals for group rehearsals.

Throughout the day, students participate in art, theater, sports, dance, and tie dye electives. Students also engage with dynamic guest artists from a variety of backgrounds including  national and world orchestras, world renowned soloists and Broadway artists. Two daily snacks are provided.

The Activities

Festival Warm-Up (all students)

The entire Festival joins together each morning to get everyone connected and energized through playing scales and arpeggios while performing activities like jumping jacks and sit-ups. It is a mix of fun and intense music learning.

Orchestra (for older students)

Each orchestra rehearses daily. In addition, participants practice together in small groups of 8–16 students called sectionals. They work on the individual parts of their music to improve the overall quality of the orchestra.

Guest Artist Performance (all students)

Music faculty and counselors, all of whom are string players, assist participants in daily practice sessions. We are occasionally joined by famous musicians, like Freestyle Love Supreme.

Junior Ensemble (for younger students)

Students practice and perform new pieces and previously learned pieces from the Suzuki Method books numbers one through three and/or the duet repertoire.

The Gala Concert (all students)

SThe EMS Summer String Festival concludes with a gala concert that showcases all four orchestras, as well as the Junior Violin and Junior Cello Ensembles. The program finale includes a performance of Canon in D by Pachelbel, played by all the students, counselors, and teachers.

Sample Orchestra Schedule

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival
9–9:20 a.m.SSF Warm-up
9:30–10:10 a.m. Orchestra Sectionals
10:15–10:35 a.m. Snack
10:45–11:25 a.m. Specials
11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal
12:20–12:50 p.m.Lunch
12:55–1:25 p.m.Elective/Recess
1:35–2:15 p.m. Guest Artist/Supervised Practice
2:20–3 p.m. Elective Sign-ups Art/Drama/Sports
3:05 p.m. Camp Meeting
3:15– 3:25 p.m. Car Dismissal

Sample Junior Violin/Cello Ensemble Schedule

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival
9–9:20 a.m.SSF Warm-up
9:30–10:10 a.m. Festival Suzuki Class
10:15–10:35 a.m. Snack
10:45–11:25 a.m. Drama/Music Theater/Sports
11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Canon Class
12:20–12:50 p.m.Lunch
12:55–1:25 p.m.Elective/Recess
1:35–2:15 p.m. Guest Artist/Suzuki Class
2:20–3 p.m. Elective Sign-ups Art/Drama/Sports
3:05 p.m. Dismissal

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