What is Sforzando like?
Sforzando is a day camp in the Greater Chicago area on the campus of Marquette Manor Baptist Church. We focus on encouraging all aspects of a musician’s life. Campers are challenged with Music Theory classes, technical instruction, chamber groups, and orchestra rehearsals. They are also spiritually encouraged by attending daily chapel and interacting with fellow campers and staff. We also know how to have a good time! Past years have featured skits, Spirit Days, flash mobs, and more. The spiritual refreshment of being with like-minded dedicated musicians is for many campers the highlight of their year.

A Typical Day
7:50am – Campers Arrive
8am – Classes
9:30am – Chapel and Snack
10am – Classes
11am – Twinkles Dismissed
12:30pm – Lunch/Beginner Orchestra Dismissed
1:00pm – Classes
3:00pm – Intermediate Orchestra Dismissed
4:30pm – Advanced Orchestra Dismissed
Who is Sforzando for?
Sforzando is for musicians of all ages and all levels from all backgrounds. It is for kids from Christian schools, public schools, home schools, and adults from any background. People from ages 3 to 70 have enjoyed Sforzando. The only requirement is a willingness to learn, make new friends, grow musically, and have a great time.
How much does camp cost?

Track Cost
Pre-Orchestra $105
Beginner Orchestra $125
Intermediate Orchestra $145
Advanced Orchestra $175

Payment covers the registration fee, attendance, and lodging with an area church family. There is a maximum tuition of $475 per family.

What should I bring?
  • Instrument, rosin, and shoulder rest
  • Extra strings (just in case!)
  • Endpin stop (cellos and basses only)
  • Your music
  • Pencils
  • Music stand clearly labeled with your name
  • Bible
When will I receive my music?
Music is sent out by email in mid-June after registration closes. Campers are expected to print their music and practice it before coming to camp. By the time Sforzando starts, campers should be comfortable playing their part in a full ensemble.
How is orchestra seating determined?
Campers in the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestras will upload a short video clip and send it to Music excerpts for the audition will be selected from the music made available to the camper in June. Seating placement for Beginner and Advanced Orchestras are final. Campers in the Intermediate Orchestra can voluntarily challenge each other during the week of camp to improve their seat position.
What are my options for lodging?
Lodging for the week is available in area church family homes on request, or you may arrange your own housing at area hotels.
Are meals provided?
Lunch tickets are available for purchase at registration and at check-in. Other meals are the responsibility of campers and their families.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. See this page for more information: Sforzando Dress Guidelines
Can my family come?
Yes! Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend. There is always something fun to watch or participate in. Campers need to be picked up at the close of camp as no activities are planned for them after their scheduled classes end.