Sforzando String Camp
July 24-28, 2023
One week of intensive orchestra, theory, chamber, and masterclasses for the glory of God.
4 different programs challenge string players of all ability levels. Downers Grove, IL
The Pre-Orchestra program is for young musicians with at least 6 months of playing experience. Campers in this program develop ensemble skills by learning songs with simple parts. They also strengthen technique through fun activities and games.
Skill level: 6 months of experience
The Beginner Orchestra program helps musicians continue to develop ensemble skills. Students spend an hour in orchestra rehearsal, then meet with sectional coaches to focus on specific areas to improve. Theory and choir classes round out the day to improve musicianship skills away from the instrument.
Skill level: Suzuki Book 1-2, Orchestra Grades 1-2
Campers in the Intermediate Orchestra tackle challenging music to mature their ensemble skills. Through a focus on technical accuracy and musical expression, campers develop into strong musicians.
Skill level: Suzuki Books 3-4, Orchestra Grades 3-4
The Advanced Orchestra plays original string quartet and string orchestra pieces. In addition to attending orchestra rehearsals, campers are assigned to a chamber group and can choose an additional topic to study. This year's topics are String Pedagogy, Composition, and Professional Music.
Skill Level: Suzuki Book 5+, Orchestra Grade 6+
Cellist in Kansas City Symphony, Co-Principal Cellist and Personnel Manager of Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Music Pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church
Former Assistant Principal Violist in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Former Professor of Viola at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
I love Sforzando because I can be with people who love music and love Christ. I also love the opportunity to play chamber music. It gives you a chance to collaborate with your peers and strengthens your ensemble playing abilities. Sforzando is a blast!
- Amelia P., camper
I enjoyed attending SFZ because I was not only pushed to excel musically, but I was also challenged spiritually. I was constantly reminded that the musical talents I have come from God and are not something to boast in but are to be used to glorify God. I learned a lot from the faculty and made countless memories with friends.
- Sarah B., camper
Sforzando is an amazing part of our summer. My husband and I feel like it's so important for our kids to get together with other top notch musicians and mentors. It really morphs them into the next level for the next year. I love that the camp focuses on excellence.
- Anneke H., parent
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