Sforzando is a day camp held at Marquette Manor Baptist Church. Orchestra rehearsals, music theory classes, technical instruction, and chamber groups challenge violin, viola, cello, and bass players of all ages. Campers are spiritually encouraged by attending 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 a highlight of many campers' years!
"You’re always working together as a team and excelling." - Hannah M., 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." - Anneke H., parent
"I feel that is worth a week of my summer. It's good that you meet new people that have the same instruments and interests as you do. You get to play and have your passion be shared with other people. And you also get to praise the Lord at the same time." - Naomi Y., camper
Sforzando is for musicians of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Campers 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!
Yes! There are several ways to save money on tuition.
- Early Bird Registration: Register before April 1 to receive a $10 discount
- Referral Discount: Invite a new friend to Sforzando and you will both receive 10% off your tuition.
- Family Cap: Tuition for a family is capped at $545. Every additional camper comes free!
- Instrument, rosin, and shoulder rest
- Extra strings (just in case!)
- Endpin stop (cellos and basses only)
- Your music
- Music stand clearly labeled with your name
Music for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced orchestras is sent out by email in June. Campers are expected to print their music and practice it before coming to camp. By the time Sforzando starts, campers should have the notes and rhythms learned so they can start working on musicality and ensemble. Pre-Orchestra campers will receive their music at camp.
Campers in the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestras will upload a short video clip to Youtube. Music excerpts for the audition will be selected from the music sent out 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.
Lunches will not be provided this year. Intermediate and Advanced campers should plan to bring their own meals Monday through Friday. All campers are encouraged to bring snacks as needed.