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Session I was a success!! It was also very busy on the last day, so apologies for the delay in updates. Students performed fabulously at their closing concert and proudly showed off their playing skills for their parents and other family members. Check-out went quickly and smoothy and students went home happy campers!
Tuesday morning the staff had a few hours to relax, reorganize, and even enjoy a yoga class before preparations for Session II began. Once everything was ready to go, we began checking in new campers. Check-in went really quickly, with the bulk of people coming through in the first 30 minutes. Campers got settled, went to their first rehearsal, and had their first meal at camp. Because we have more returning campers at this session meal time songs had a lot more participants.
Now that we are on Day 2 of Session II, campers have been placed in rote groups, been to two rehearsals, sectionals, and they are already sounding FANTASTIC!! It will be great to see what they sound like at the final performance. The Sarah Grindley Symphony could perform one of their pieces tomorrow, imagine how its going to sound on Saturday.
We had our first round of "Ga-Ga" Ball today during morning recreation and the kids (and counselors) had a blast! Additionally, the archery field, obstacle course and wild wonders adventure tour were well attended, but the most active area was definitely the lakefront. Given the 95-degree heat we had today, the lake was a much needed break from the hot sun.
After lasagna dinner another rehearsal we had a very fun dance party to close the night. We danced a Virginia reel, Cotton Eyed Joe, and the Shower Dance before our evening snack and lights out. Tomorrow is another full day of rehearsals and fun and we're excited for another great day of music making.
Session I - Day 2 & 3 Pictures
Day 2 of MASTA Camp Session 1 has been an eventful day!! Students participated in more orchestra rehearsals, rote group instruction, Rhythms and Theory classes, sectionals, recreation activities, and even a hay-ride to a camp fire with s'mores!! We had some rain for a while, but we didn't let that ruin our fun! We moved our rehearsals and classes in-doors and continued making music and learning new skills. Students have already been making great improvements in the 24 hours that they have been at camp. The energy level is high and the meal-times are a blast! Campers are beginning to learn the MASTA Camp traditions, including Harvey the Wonder Hampster, "When You Say Nothing At All", and "The Sun Song". Enjoy the slide-show of pictures from today's activities below. Your students will have plenty of stories to share with you on the ride home from camp tomorrow night!! Please be sure to check your email or camp materials for reminders about the concert time and check-out process. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (Monday the 18th) in time for the 7:30 performance!!
97 string players joined 18 staff members at Session I of the 2012 MASTA String Camp. This 30th anniversary of the 3-day session continues a great tradition of fun, camping, and musical development.
Our campers arrived this morning and after getting comfortable in their cabins immediately went to rehearsal. There, all 97 campers were lead by Music Directors Carol Johnson and Sarah Jaeger for our opening rehearsal.