2018 Program Guide

This page describes the general organization of the week at camp and provides some advice about the program and choosing ensembles and workshops.

Camp starts Sunday afternoon so you can get settled, explore the campus and have dinner followed by an orientation session and faculty introductions. Monday to Friday consists of music classes during the day and concerts in the evening. There are rehearsals Saturday morning, then concerts in the afternoon and evening. This camp is all about you making music, so all but one of the concerts are performed by the participants. You’ll find others willing to play/sing with you outside of classes, so come prepared with music or join a jam or dance session. There are no classes on the final Sunday, just breakfast.

Classes run on a fixed daily schedule. You are welcome to attend a maximum of six classes (one per period, same schedule all week) as long as you have the instrument (keyboards and drums are provided) and sufficient ability to cope with the level of music. Keep in mind that could entail intense singing/playing for about six hours a day, all week, and learning new music for each performance. Only the coached choirs and ensembles perform in the formal concerts on Friday and Saturday; not the workshops, technique and master classes. Consider some variation in your program; some classes do not require any previous experience, so you can try something new. Leave a period free to relax, practice or meet with others to prepare for an open-mic concert.

Most ensembles require intermediate/advanced musical ability (RCM grade 6+), which means you should have solid control/tuning of your instrument/voice, good sight-reading skills, and ensemble awareness is helpful. Small ensembles such as chamber groups and jazz combos require prior ensemble experience; otherwise intro chamber or intro jazz improv would be more suitable. Beginner/Novice level (RCM grade 1 - 5) does not always mean ‘just started,’ those classes may require an ability to play/sing in tune and sight-read. Please refer to the ACMP self-rating guide and the class web pages for specific details, and feel free to contact us for help building a program.

Are you ABLe to take the class? Just check the letter codes: (A) for intermediate/advanced ability; (B) suitable for beginners; (L) limited enrolment.  Here are some sample schedules for your guidance. In addition to your special interest, consider ‘Try something new’ at the bottom of the page for more alternatives; it's a fun way to give your chops a rest. Please contact us for more details.

Vocal
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Vocal Technique (A, L) or Vocal Basics (B, L)
3) Spirituals Choir (A, B) or Jazz Choir (A, L) or A Cappella Moderno (A, L) or Sight-Singing (B)
4) World Music Choir (A, B) or Vocal Duets (A, L) or Vocal Standards Master Class (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L)
5) Chamber Choir (A) or Swing Sisters (A) or Lead and Backup Singing (A, L) or Blues Band (A, L)
6) Musical Theatre (A, B) or L-Pop Band (A, L) or New Orleans Funk Band (A, L) or Accompanist/Soloist (A, L) or Ornamentation in Baroque Music (A)

Strings
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Violin Technique (A, B) or Viola Technique (A, B) or Cello Technique (A, B)
3) Chamber Group (A, L) or Intro Chamber Group (A, L) or Balfolk (A, B, L)
4) Orchestra (A, B) or Jazz Combo (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L)
5) Strings Ensemble (A) or Jamming Basics (A, L) or Blues Band (A, L)
6) Introduction to Celtic Fiddling (violin, A) or Cello Choir (A) or Klezmer Band (A, B, L) or Brazilian Ensemble (A, L) or Ornamentation in Baroque Music (A) or Accompanist/Soloist (A, L)

Woodwinds
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Clarinet/Sax Technique (A, B) or Double Reed Technique (A, B) or Flute Technique (A, B)
3) Chamber Group (A, L) or Intro Chamber Group (A, L) or Balfolk (A, B, L) or The Melting Pot (A, B, L)
4) Orchestra (A, B, L) or Woodwind Ensemble (A) or Jazz Combo (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L)
5) Concert Band (A, B) or Jamming Basics (A, L)
6) Klezmer Band (A, B, L) or New Orleans Funk Band (A, B, L) or Brazilian Ensemble (A, L) or Ornamentation in Baroque Music (A) or Accompanist/Soloist (A, L)

Brass
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Brass Technique (A, B)
3) The Melting Pot (A, B, L) or Brass Chamber Group (A, L)
4) Orchestra (A, B, L) or Jazz Combo (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L) or Woodwind Ensemble (saxophone, A, L)
5) Concert Band (A, B) or Blues Band (A, L)
6) New Orleans Funk Band (A, B) or Ornamentation in Baroque Music (A) or Accompanist/Soloist (A, L)

Piano
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Piano Technique (A, B, L), Piano Boogie (A, L)
3) Chamber Group (A, L) or Intro Chamber Group (A, L) or The Melting Pot (A, L) or Balfolk (A, L) or Rhythm Section Skills (A, L)
4) Intro to Organ (A, L) or Jazz Combo (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L)
5) Intro Jazz Piano (A, L) or Blues Band (A, L) or Jamming Basics (A, L) or The Band for L/B Singing (A, L)
6) Accompanist/Soloist (A, L) or New Orleans Funk Band (A, L) or Brazilian Ensemble (A, L) or Klezmer Band (A, L) or L-Pop Band (A, L) or Ornamentation in Baroque Music (A, L)

Guitar and Bass
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Guitar Technique (A, B) or Bass Technique (A, B) or Ukulele for Beginners (B)
3) Guitar Ensemble (B) or Rhythm Section Skills (A, L) or The Melting Pot (A, L) or Balfolk (A, L)
4) Jazz Combo (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L)
5) Blues Band (A, L) or Concert Band (A, B, L) or The Band for L/B Singing (A, L) 
6) New Orleans Funk Band (A, L) or Brazilian Ensemble (A, L) or Klezmer Band (A, B, L) or L-Pop Band (A, L) or Accompanist/Soloist (guitar, A, L)

Percussion
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Drum Kit Technique (A, L)
3) Rhythm Section Skills (A, L) or The Melting Pot (A, B, L) or Balfolk (A, B, L)
4) Jazz Combo (A, L) or Intro Jazz Improvisation (A, L) or Orchestra (A, L) or Rhythm Training (A) or Rhythm and Reading (B)
5) West African Drumming Ensemble (B, L) or Blues Band (A, L) or Concert Band (A, B, L) or Jamming Basics (A, L) or The Band for L/B Singing (A, L)
6) Percussion Ensemble (A, B, L) or Bucket Drumming (B) or New Orleans Funk Band (A, L) or Brazilian Ensemble (A, L) or Klezmer Band (A, L) or L-Pop Band (A, L)

Try something new - no experience required
1) Choir for All (A, B, vocal only)
2) Ear Training (a, B) or Vocal Basics (B) or Ukulele for Beginners (B) 
3) Sight-Singing (B) 
4) Rhythm and Reading (B) or Rhythm Training (A, B)
5) West African Drumming Ensemble (B, L)
6) Musical Theatre (A, B) or Bucket Drumming (B) or Handbells (B, L) or Percussion Ensemble (A, B, L)

The 45-series offers a variety of drop-in activities during the afternoon break, 1:45 to 2:30pm. Registration not required.

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Lake Field Music camp for adult amateurs

P.O. Box 73046, 465 Yonge St., Toronto Canada M4Y 2W5

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