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February 24, 2015 - 1:51 pm
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Someone posted on a facebook group i'm on about a camp for adult students held for 1 week at the beginning of July.  It sounds amazing and i really want to go; it would give me more lessons and i could work on technique and also get the chance to play with groups which i miss.


It's the emerald isle string haven on Beaver island, Michigan.


I emailed for a registration form and now i'm trying hard to figure out costs of getting there and such things.

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February 24, 2015 - 2:13 pm
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That's really cool! I'd totally go to something like this if it would happen around these parts. Go for it! :D

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February 24, 2015 - 3:35 pm
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How exciting.. Good luck.

I hope you come back with lots of stories and details.   :)

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February 24, 2015 - 3:37 pm
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Very cool!!  I know how excited you must be - I am attending a bluegrass jamming camp -

3 days of lesson and jams - Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-4pm right here in my home town.

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February 24, 2015 - 5:53 pm
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This sounds awesome!  I even *live* in Michigan, but I wouldn't be ready for something like that quite yet. But in a year or two, hey, maybe!

I was surprised at how reasonable the cost was. Their website says:

"The cost of tuition is a reasonable $350. This covers the cost of all the classes, chamber music coachings, string orchestra, open rehearsals, the final concert, and opening barbeque on Sunday July 6. Private lessons will be an additional $40 an hour or $20 a half hour."

And though it doesn't include lodging, they have arrangements at a couple of different places for rooms as low as $140 for the week (that one includes a room mate, but hey, that could be fun as well).

They even give a "Sample Schedule" for a typical day:

Sample String Camp Schedule

Monday, July 13, 2015

8 AM: continental breakfast provided by The Brother's Place

9:00 AM: Warm ups at beach (without instruments)

10 AM - 10:50 AM: Fingerboard geography/position work. A great opportunity to venture into the unchartered regions of the fingerboad!

11 AM - 11:50 AM: Technique class. Topics will include vibrato, tone production, string crossings, and the like. Another great opportunity to learn or fine tune your technique!

12 PM - 1:30: Lunch on your own. There are several places to eat along the harbor in the quaint, New England style downtown.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Chamber music rehearsals and coachings. It is important to balance all the technique with actual music making. Apply what you have learned in your technique classes and make some music with other campers in duets, trios, or quartets!

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Music theory class!

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Free time/lessons/chamber music coachings/practice. Take this time to have a lesson, get a chamber music coaching with an instructor, practice, or just relax and process all the information gained!

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: String Orchestra. More music making! We will join forces with all the campers and faculty and work through some string orchestra literature!

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Dinner on your own.

7:30 PM: Faculty Open Rehearsal. See how professionals rehearse chamber music!


Thanks for posting about this, Mischa91! I would probably never have known about it otherwise!  I do hope you're able to go and let us know what it's like. 


February 24, 2015 - 6:31 pm
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Thanks for the encouragement everyone!  I only know about it because someone on mentioned it.  The cost is very reasonable for the week of tuition and group playing!  Even the accommodation is cheap enough, the only issue I'm having is transport.  It's either a 10 hour drive or an almost $500 plane ticket.  I'll keep looking for a cheaper flight because I would love to go.  


@Schaick your bluegrass camp sounds great and so close to you, very lucky Indeed!


@Daniel_Shaped_Object  if you live so close maybe contact them, it's an adult camp aimed at beginner types I believe.  I emailed the people In charge and they said they were very welcoming of anyone who wanted to attend.  

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