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Knollcrest Music Camp | 2015

For 45 years, Calvin College has welcomed students from West Michigan and beyond to engage in wonderful music-making and learning through Knollcrest Music Camp (KMC). This summer experience promotes the musical, social, and spiritual growth of young musicians by helping them find their place within the amazing field of music. Led by Calvin faculty, professional music educators, and outstanding area musicians, Knollcrest Music Camp inspires personalized artistic development through formative, practical opportunities within an enriching, inclusive community..

For more information, download the Knollcrest Music Camp brochure.

High School Week | August 3-7, 2015
Middle School Week | August 10-14, 2015

Please note: Online registration will be available starting February 1, 2015. Registration links are found under the High School Week and Middle School Week tabs below.

General Camp Information

Cost

  • High School Week: $225
  • Middle School Week: $200
  • A fee of $25 will be added to registrations received after June 30.
  • Registration includes a KMC t-shirt.
  • The deadline for refunds is June 30.

Attendance Policy

  • Participants are expected to attend class full time.
  • All students are also expected to perform in the Friday evening concert.

Lunch

  • Students may bring their own lunches or purchase boxed lunches.
  • Boxed lunches cost $35 for the week and include a sandwich, chips, a fruit or vegetable, a treat, and bottled water.

KMC Contact Information

  • Email: musiccamp@calvin.edu
  • Phone: (616) 526-7145
  • Address: 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

High School Week | August 3-7, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

  • For students entering 9th-12th grade
  • Students must have at least two years of musical experience and bring their own instruments. KMC does not supply instruments.
  • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. daily

Primary Ensembles

All students participate in one of the following:

  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • String Orchestra

Secondary Ensembles

Students may choose to participate in another ensemble such as:

  • Jazz Band: A performance group comprised of saxophones, trumpets/ cornets, trombones, bass clef baritones/ euphoniums, drum set (experience required), electric guitar, electric or string bass and piano. Guitar, bass, and piano players must be able to read music well and be comfortable reading chord notation. Rhythm section instrumentation will be limited to two (2) students per instrument. Registration will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
  • Musical Theatre: A group experience that involves singing, dancing, and acting to produce selections from a well-known musical. Students are required to provide their own costumes. No student instrumentalists are used. Music Theatre is limited to the first 60 applicants.

Elective Classes

Students participating in only a Primary Ensemble will choose to take elective classes.

  • Ballroom Dancing: Students learn about the relationship between music and dance through an introduction to basic ballroom styles. No experience or special equipment is required.
  • Conducting: Students learn about what it takes to lead a musical ensemble effectively. Students will engage in a variety of activities, such as directing basic patterns, observing different conductors, and leading the class through musical examples.
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory: Students learn about the “building blocks” of tonal music through an overview of the basics of music theory (i.e. scales, intervals, key signatures, chords, tonality, rhythm, melody).
  • Guitar: Beginning Guitar (0-1 year of experience) Students with limited experience learn basic guitar techniques and notation in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars.
    Intermediate Guitar (2+ years of experience) Students with preliminary guitar experience build upon fundamentals by learning more difficult techniques in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars.
  • Handbells: Students learn basic ringing techniques as they rehearse and perform in a handbell ensemble. Students must be able to read music well.
  • Music and the Movies: Students explore the role music has played in cinema from silent films to today’s blockbuster hits. Students learn about movie composers, the process of composing and recording for movies, and how to listen to movies from a new perspective.
  • Music in Worship: Students learn basic concepts in planning and leading musical performance in worship settings. This course is open to instrumentalists and vocalists.
  • Piano: Beginning Piano (0-1 year of experience) Students with limited experience learn basic keyboard skills in a group setting. Class size is limited to 10 students.
    Intermediate Piano (2+ years of experience) Students with preliminary piano experience receive coaching on pieces that they are currently studying. Students also have the opportunity to perform as soloists and as part of the class ensemble.
  • Songwriting: Students learn basic techniques in writing lyrics, chord progressions, and melodies. Students must agree to work on their original song each night in preparation for the next day’s class session. Class size is limited to 7 students.
  • Sound Design: Students learn about how music is reproduced digitally by various means. Students will gain an introductory understanding of how to construct original sound objects, create sound palettes from sampled sounds, and modify ready-made sounds from music synthesizers. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Voice: Students work with a professional vocalist in a studio setting to develop and improve tone production and technique. Students are exposed to a variety of exercises and repertoire.

Afternoon Assembly Sessions

KMC will offer varied “break-out” sessions during this year’s High School Week. Applicants can list a few topics of interest on the registration form. KMC may not be able to offer all requests in 2015. Session options will be announced at the beginning of each camp day.

Private Lessons

All High School Week students have the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute lesson with a member of the Calvin music faculty. Lessons will be held immediately before or after the camp day (depending upon faculty availability). Lessons will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students registered for a private lesson will then be charged an additional $25 fee.

Honors Program

Please note: Honors Program Audition Requirements will be posted soon.

KMC offers an additional opportunity for those students interested in focusing more deeply in their area of performance. The Honors Program is designed for instrumentalists only. Students involved in the Honors Program will participate in the Primary Ensemble (Concert Band or String Orchestra) of their honors instrument. (Pianists may choose their Primary Ensemble.) Students will also be assigned to one of the following small ensembles:

  • Woodwind Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
  • Brass Quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)
  • String Quartet/Quintet (two violins, viola, cello, piano)
  • Percussion Ensemble (ranging from 4-6 members)
  • Jazz Combo (6-8 members, including bass, piano, drums, guitar, with 2-3 saxophones or brass)

Honors ensembles will meet each day during KMC’s 0-hour (8:00-8:50 AM) for rehearsal and faculty coaching. All honors ensembles will perform for their peers at the Friday afternoon assembly.

Private lessons are not a required component of the Honors Program. However, students may apply to schedule a 30-minute lesson with Calvin faculty. Honors student lessons will be scheduled following the camp day and subject to the additional $25 fee. As with other KMC students, private lessons will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students interested in the Honors Program must submit an audio/video recording along with their KMC application. The deadline for all Honors Program applications (which must include a recording) is June 30. Students with incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Honors Program students will be determined by Calvin and/or KMC faculty.

The performance application will include designated scales, an assigned etude, and a prepared piece (not to exceed 4 minutes). Specific details and application materials will be available on the KMC website when camp registration begins (February 1, 2015).

Registration & Medical Release

Please note: Camp registration can be completed on-line through the following tab below. However, students receiving scholarships or the pre-registration discount should pay off-line via check. When registering, click on “show other payment options” to select “PAY OFF-LINE.” This can be done at the beginning or end of the registration process.

Register online

Middle School Week | August 10-14, 2015

  • For students entering 7th-8th grade
  • Students must have at least one year of musical experience and bring their own instruments. KMC does not supply instruments.
  • 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily

Ensembles

All students participate on one ensemble. Students may choose to participate in a second ensemble or take elective classes.

  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band: A performance group comprised of saxophones, trumpets/cornets, trombones, baritones/euphoniums, drum set (experience required), electric guitar, electric or string bass, and piano. Guitar, bass, and piano players must be able to read music well and be comfortable reading chord notation. Rhythm section instrumentation is limited to two (2) students per instrument. Registration will be determined on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Music Theatre: A group experience that involves singing, dancing, and acting to produce selections from a well-known musical. Students are required to provide their own costumes. No student instrumentalists are used. Music Theatre is limited to the first 65 applicants.
  • String Orchestra

Elective Classes

All students participate in one ensemble. Students may choose to participate in a second ensemble or take elective classes.

  • Ballroom Dancing: Students learn about the relationship between music and dance through an introduction to basic ballroom styles. No experience or special equipment is required.
  • Brass Techniques: Students with brass instrument experience build upon fundamental skills in a group setting.
  • Chamber Music: More advanced students learn to rehearse and perform in a small ensemble setting. Students will be divided into appropriate ensembles and coached on the intricacies of chamber music performance. For woodwinds, brass, and strings only.
  • Drum Circle: Students learn and experience African and Latin American percussion through active participation in a hand-drumming ensemble. Students will be exposed to authentic folk music, group composition, and improvisation. No previous experience or reading of musical notation is required. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Fiddle: Students with experience on orchestral string instruments learn the basics of fiddling and folk music in a group setting.
  • Flute Choir: Students learn about, rehearse, and perform music written for flute ensemble in 3-6 parts. Proper breathing, embouchure, intonation, and high note fingerings will be addressed. Students may also be exposed to alto and bass flutes.
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory: Students learn about the “building blocks” of tonal music through an overview of the basics of music theory (i.e. scales, intervals, key signatures, chords, tonality, rhythm, melody).
  • Guitar: Beginning Guitar (0-1 year of experience) Students with limited experience learn basic guitar techniques and notation in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars.
    Intermediate Guitar (2+ years of experience) Students with preliminary guitar experience build upon fundamentals by learning more difficult techniques in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars.
  • Handbells: Students learn basic ringing techniques as they rehearse and perform in a handbell ensemble. Students must be able to read music well.
  • Music Technology: Students get an overview of available music technology and how to use it. Class size is limited to 14 students.
  • Piano: Beginning Piano (0-1 year of experience) Students with limited experience learn basic keyboard skills in a group setting. Class size is limited to 10 students.
    Intermediate Piano (2+ years of experience) Students with preliminary piano experience receive coaching on pieces that they are currently studying. Students also have the opportunity to perform as soloists and as part of the class ensemble. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • String Techniques: Students with string instrument experience build upon fundamental skills in a group setting.
  • Voice: Students work with a professional vocalist in a studio setting to develop and improve tone production and technique. Students are exposed to a variety of exercises and repertoire.

Registration & Medical Release

Please note: Camp registration can be completed on-line through the following tab below. However, students receiving scholarships or the pre-registration discount should pay off-line via check. When registering, click on “show other payment options” to select “PAY OFF-LINE.” This can be done at the beginning or end of the registration process.

Register online