Thanks to the hard work of Orchestra Council and all the camp attendees, music camp was able to return on campus from August 2 to August 6. The weeklong camp had plenty of bonding activities and group rehearsals. Here are some summaries and pictures from each day.
On Monday, August 2nd, OC members arrived early to set up for the exciting day to come. As orchestra members started drifting in, they were each given a rock and a lanyard with their name, grade, and instrument. Confusing many at first, the rocks were a test of responsibility; whoever kept their rocks with them throughout the week would earn a prize.
After quick introductions from Ms. Chen and Ms. Tu, pairs of cabins broke the ice by playing energizing games. The rest of the day consisted of a jaw-dropping bass demonstration from the bass coach and sectionals rehearsals.
Dressed up for the cabin costume contest, the musicians were almost unrecognizable when they showed up on Tuesday morning. Each of the cabin leaders came up with entirely different and creative ideas. The dress-up themes were Mary’s Little Lambs, Pringles, Houseplants, Bowling, Tourists, Sleepyheads, Skittles, and Play-doh.
They then competed in a high stakes (and hilarious) scavenger hunt throughout campus. At the end of the day, the scavenger hunt’s first prize went to no other than the Tourists.
Wednesday began with rehearsals within sections. Because it was their last day with coaches, players worked extra hard to fine-tune their pieces for the performance.
Orchestra later merged with Choir to partake in the event of the week: Mole Day!
In small groups, one “mole” was chosen, similarly to the popular game Among Us. The Mole’s task was to ruin their group activities without revealing too much of their identity.
In the end, groups had engaging discussions about who they suspected to be the imposter. As each Mole was revealed, cries of shock and “I knew it!” filled the music room.
The entire orchestra gathered together to participate in a group reading. After years without playing with each other, students played three pieces for the first time while following the conductor. Some may have been a bit rusty, but the surreal feeling of making music as one was all worthwhile.
Musicians later broke off into chamber ensemble groups or went to sectionals.
Thursday wrapped up with entertaining activity rotations with new groups. Campers got to meet more fellow string players while putting their competitive abilities to the test.
Despite it being the last day together, the mood was cheerful going into Friday. After hasty warm-ups, sections and chamber groups performed songs for all of music camp.
Although all the instruments were fantastic, a couple stood out most. The violas became a crowd favorite with their rendition of ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin. The cellos also got participation from the audience when they played AHS's Alma Mater.
The memorable week drew to an end with Unity Night activities with Band and Color guard.
If you were unable to attend this year, do not worry! Be sure to sign up for Music Camp next year to make new friends and join in on the fun!