Updated: Aug 23, 2022
This summer, the Arcadia High School orchestra students met on campus for the annual Music Camp. Taking place from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, this was the second year in a row that the camp experience was brought to the campus instead. Each day was a blend of excitement and musical education, a unique experience for seniors and freshmen alike.
Day one began with check-in and lanyard pick ups. Each camper was also entrusted with a "pet" rock, which they were tasked with bringing each day for extra cabin points.
After getting to know each other through hilarious cabin games, the musicians were split into groups for sectionals. Each group was led by a professional coach, helping prepare pieces for the Friday performance.
The backroom was quite full with all the aspiring new bassists!
Day two began with the cabin costume contest--with plenty of cabin points at stake! Each cabin performed mini skits that went with their dress-up theme. Here's a look at a few of the cabins!
Tuesday ended with sectionals, a fast-paced scavenger hunt, and the announcing of the costume contest winners!
The third day started differently, with a full orchestra sight-reading. For most students, it was their first time playing with other instruments since the start of the summer.
The musicians were able to release their competitive spirit in an hour of intense board games. The day was concluded with Skit Night, a joint event with band, colorguard, and choir. There were performances by bands, an Orchestra Council skit, eating contests, and more.
Nearly at the end of the week, Day 4 was about packing as much as possible in one day. Ms. Chen gave an insightful masterclass on practice habits.
And later, students had fun guessing the "imposter" in the Mole Night tradition through a series of group games.
Day five was all about showcasing the new songs and techniques taught by the professional coaches.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun-filled week! It was a blast and a great way to kick off the start of a new year!