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Crowden Summer Programs 2015

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Financial aid applications due April 30, 2015. Click here to learn how to enroll.

Day Camps & Workshops

Private Lessons (violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, and composition)


Day Camps & Workshops

Scrape, Squawk, and Bang
An Instrumental Discovery Camp

Rachel Durling, Director
Ages 5–9 • June 15–19 • Monday–Friday • 9:00am–2:00pm • Performance/Demo June 19, 1:00pm

This week-long camp is a wonderful way to introduce your child to one of
the most popular beginning instruments: violin, cello, piano, or fife. In
addition to small group classes in their chosen instrument, campers also
enjoy a range of fun musical activities including an all-camp chorus, rhythm
and movement classes, and hands-on opportunities to explore a variety of
other orchestral instruments.

Tuition: $410
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: May 15
Before- and After-Care: Supervised child-care will be offered before camp from 8:00am to 9:00am for $5 a day, and after camp until 5:00pm for a flat fee of $15 a day (regardless of hours stayed). 

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Summer Strings

Summer Strings at Crowden

Rachel Durling, Director
Ages 7–12 • June 22–July 2 • Monday–Friday • 9:00am–3:00pm • Performance/Demo July 2, 1:15pm

This two-week program is designed for beginning- to intermediate-level
violin, viola, and cello players. Complete beginners are welcome. Intermediate-level participants are placed into chamber ensembles or group classes; placement in a group is based on a required entrance interview or audition. This program runs concurrently with the Young Musicians’ Chamber Music Academy (below); prospective participants will be considered for placement in either program. Each student receives one private lesson, and participates in a variety of activities, including an all-camp string ensemble and all-camp chorus, outdoor play, arts & crafts, and music games. Special first Wednesday schedule includes an afternoon recreational field trip.

Tuition: $650
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: May 22
Audition/Interview dates: May 29 & 30. No audition necessary for students with less than nine months of experience.
Before- and After-Care: Supervised child-care will be offered before camp from 8 to 9 am for $5 a day, and after camp until 5:00 pm for a flat fee of $10 a day (regardless of hours stayed). 

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New! Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy

Crowden chamber ensemble

Eugene Sor, Director
For string players and pianists ages 9–13
June 22–July 2 • Monday–Friday • 9:00am–3:00pm • Performance/demonstration July 2, 1:15pm

This new program runs concurrently with Summer Strings and is intended to be a bridge between Summer Strings and Chamber Music Workshop. Students are expected to have at least three years of experience on their instrument, and up to two years of ensemble experience. Audition required. Prospective string participants will be considered for placement in either this program or Summer Strings. Prospective piano participants will be considered for placement in either this program or Piano Partners.

Tuition: $650
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 17
Audition dates: April 26 & May 2

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New! Piano Partners

Crowden piano duo

Kerrilyn Renshaw, Director
Ages 9–13 • July 27–31 • Monday–Friday • 9:00am–3:00pm • Performance/demonstration July 31, 1:30pm

This new program invites intermediate- to early advanced-level pianists to explore piano duo repertoire with different student partners. The daily schedule includes ensemble rehearsals coached by our experienced
faculty, as well as classes in music theory and ear training, sight reading
and keyboard skills, and workshops and master classes.

Tuition: $450
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 17
Audition dates: April 26 & May 2

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Chamber Music Workshop

Crowden chamber ensemble

Eugene Sor, Director
Faculty & Guest Artists:
members of the Baumer String Quartet, the Delphi Trio, and the Alexander String Quartet, Jory Fankuchen, Ariana Kim, Pei-Ling Lin, Evan Price, Arkadi Serper, Eugene Sor

Ages 13–22 • July 6–17 • Monday–Friday • 9:00am–4:00pm • Concerts 6:30pm July 10, 16, & 17

Our world-renowned faculty guides serious young string and piano students
ages 13–22 through an intensive two-week course, developing ensemble playing skills through the performance and study of the world’s greatest chamber music masterworks. This immensely popular program features daily group coaching, string chamber orchestra, independent group rehearsal time,
and rotating electives including master classes, alternative style and improvisation workshops, open faculty rehearsals and concert, and cross-over workshops with participants of the John Adams Young Composers Program. Acceptance into the program and chamber group placement are based on audition and/or teacher recommendation; pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply.

Tuition: $750
Registration fee: $45
Registration deadline: April 17
Audition dates: April 25, April 30, May 2

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John Adams Young Composers Program

Composing in Context

Samuel Carl Adams conducts

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director
Samuel Carl Adams, Instructor

Ages 13–18 • June 22–July 16 • Monday–Thursday • 1:00pm–3:00pm • Weekly private composition lessons to be scheduled by mutual arrangement • Final concert for selected students July 16, 5:00pm

Critically acclaimed composer and Crowden alumnus Samuel Carl Adams will lead a month-long intensive workshop for dedicated and aspiring composers. Over the course’s duration, students will develop chamber works for strings with or without piano. The course will culminate in high-level public performances by members of the Baumer String Quartet, the Delphi Piano Trio, and accomplished performers from the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop.

Through close listening sessions, presentations, and written analyses, students will also have a chance to explore a wide range of approaches and perspectives. Adams will navigate through some of the most interesting examples from both the chamber repertoire and contemporary and experimental artists.

Each student will receive a weekly hour-long private lesson with the instructor as well as hands-on workshops with professional instrumentalists.

Acceptance into the program is based on evaluation of a submitted composition and/or teacher recommendation. Applicants who are new to the program will be scheduled for a placement interview upon receipt of application. Students are encouraged to begin work on their compositions in advance of the start of the program.

Tuition: $800
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 30

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Crowden Summer Suzuki Workshop

Suzuki By The Bay

Vivienne Kim, Director
Ages 3–18 • July 23–26 • Thursday–Saturday: 9:00am–5:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am–2:00pm

Renowned guest faculty from Suzuki programs throughout the nation come
together at Crowden to share their expertise with young musicians in an intensive and fun immersion experience. Intended for students who are already studying violin, viola or cello with a Suzuki teacher, the workshop provides a variety of activities each day, including master classes, repertoire,
technique, and enrichment classes. All students must be supervised by a
parent, guardian, or adult childcare provider throughout the day.

Find full information about workshop classes, faculty, and more at www.suzukistringsbythebay.com.

Tuition: $380
Half Day option (for pre-Twinkle to early Book 1 students only): 9:00 am–12:00pm
Tuition for Half Day: $245
Tution for Aspiring Twinklers:
$120
Registration fee:
$25
Registration deadline:
June 1

www.suzukistringsbythebay.com

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Private Lessons

Crowden faculty
Ages 6 & up • June 1–July 25 • Lessons are held Monday–Saturday
• Closed for class Friday–Saturday, July 3–4 • Make-up week July 27–August 1

Private Piano Instruction at Crowden

Individual instruction is offered on violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, and composition. Lessons are available for all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced students. Just contact us to get started!

Click here to see a list of our faculty by instrument.

Tuition:

30 minutes = $39 per lesson
45 minutes = $58 per lesson
60 minutes = $77 per lesson
A minimum of five lessons is required.

Registration fee: $15
Registration deadline: April 30

Download a summer 2015 registration form here!

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