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2014 Camp in Review

The eternal sounds of passionate concerto performances, repetition of scales in the Practicubes and energetic chamber music being rehearsed in every corner of Santa Teresita's campus are still ringing throughout the town of Three Rivers, even after all the students and faculty have packed their bags and headed back home. Camp has just come to a close, and I say this with a sense of both pride and nostalgia.

Center Stage Strings FacultyThe first three days of camp felt long (and hot!) as kids were still figuring out their daily schedules and preparing for their first lessons. It seemed like the three weeks of camp might, in fact, be an eternity. However, here we are now, reflecting after our exhilarating final weekend of concerts and master classes, and everyone is talking about how fast time flew, wishing we had yet another week together. If you were to stop by the campus anytime during this season, you would agree that Center Stage Strings truly feels like a full fledged summer camp. With the addition of the extra week, more students, a fantastic counselor staff and an impressive lineup of guest artists performers and teachers, Three Rivers is home to an experience that is truly complete and inspiring.

During Week One, our students had the opportunity to watch their CSS teachers perform solo and chamber works together in our new air-conditioned hall at St. Anthony Chapel! Later that week, World class cellist, and Three Rivers favorite, David Requiro gave an amazing cello master class and performance with our faculty on Saturday night.

Center Stage Strings 2014 Music Camp at the lakeWeek Two opened with our annual houseboat trip on Lake Kaweah! Stan Johnson volunteered to take the students on high speed tubing trips - they had an absolute blast.

That evening we made pottery at the Brown's home on South Fork and played music out on their beautiful field under the trees. Tuesday was back to work for the students and we welcomed the arrival of guest faculty violist Stephanie Fong. Stephanie graced us with her artistry throughout the week, culminating in an exhilarating Mendelssohn String Quintet with our core faculty on the second Saturday night.

Center Stage Strings students perform in Sequoia Natl ParkCenter Stage Strings students perform in Sequoia Natl ParkCenter Stage Strings students perform in Sequoia Natl Park

Also in week 2, we debuted our first performance in Sequoia National park at the Lodgepole Amphitheatre to a great crowd!

Week 3 opened with a trip to Crystal Cave and the arrival of two amazing guest artists. Stephen Shipps, Violin Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, joined us for all of week 3, working closely with many of the students in private lessons and chamber music coachings. He also gave an incredibly enlightening historical talk about the history of violin pedagogy and our musical family trees!

On Tuesday evening we all watched in amazement at the recital of violin superstar Stefan Jackiw, particularly his Lutoslawski Partita with our own Jennie Jung. Stefan and Stephen both gave incredibly inspiring master classes to our students.

Stefan Jackiw Master Class at Center Stage Strings Music CampCenter Stage Strings studentsStephen Shipps Master Class at Center Stage Strings Music Camp

All of these events led to a memorable evening on our final Saturday night, with the debut of our first Honors Recital. There was really a sense of pride amongst every single person in that audience that night as each performance, one after the next, clearly confirmed the majesty of what is happening here in Three Rivers.

Lauren Chipman and Kay Crask led our Complete Musician Classes this year with much success. Students gained confidence in public speaking, music theory, and our Center Stage Strings Choir sang a fantastic version of "Royals" in four part harmony. Congrats to our complete musicians!

Tears were shed by some and laughs were shared by others on the last day of camp, but all of us left with an excitement that we get to do this again in 2015!

Danielle Belen

2015 Camp Dates:   June 21 thru July 12
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Read Danielle Belen's Review of the 2013 Camp.

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