Music Camps

Lamar Stringfield Music Camp

Nationally renowned conductors join forces with highly respected area professionals to work with local string students and teachers. Instruction includes classes in string orchestra training, string technique, chamber music, sectional rehearsing, theory and eurhythmics. Regular campers have formal and informal performance opportunities, which culminate in a performance on Friday. There is a supplementary Honors Chamber Music program for advanced players. Honors Chamber concerts take place on Thursday afternoon. Students are chosen to participate in the Honors Program by audition. Adult Pedagogy college credit and Professional Development for K-12 Educators certificate of hours are also available.

Visit the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp website for more information.

Live Oak Chamber Music Workshop

Live Oak is a week-long chamber music workshop for adult amateur string players.  Founded in 2012 by Meredith cellist Virginia Hudson, Live Oak strives to provide a chamber music experience for players of all abilities with repertoire assigned to suit.  Participants start the day with technical work respective to their instrument followed by two coached chamber music sessions.  The day ends with participants and clinicians coming together in The Oak Leaf Ensemble.   Our week comes to a close with a recital for all chamber groups and the ensemble.

The  Live Oak Workshop will not be offered during the summer of 2017.



Piano Camps  

Download the Summer 2017 Piano Camps Brochure and Forms

Beginners' Piano Camp

This camp is intended to introduce boys and girls entering grades 1–4 to the beginning concepts of music study, with emphasis on:
  • Rhythmic awareness and reading
  • Keyboard awareness
  • Staff reading and writing
  • Aural training through guided listening

Students enrolling in this camp should NOT have had piano lessons previously. Having a piano at home is not necessary for this camp. This is a great way to introduce your child to piano study. Many parents of past campers have said that the concepts covered serve as a good introduction to the study of any new instrument.

Please note this year that there is a Beginners' Piano Camp offered for rising 4th graders in addition to the traditional camp for students in rising grades 1-3.

Piano Camp

This two-week camp is designed for boys and girls ages 6–14 with prior piano study. Students are divided into three or four groups depending upon ability and number of campers. Activities focus on music skills that are appropriate for students in each group. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination and provide attainable challenges for these students. Students enrolled in this camp should have approximately 30 minutes of daily practice time available to them at home each day during the two-week time of the camp. Students should be comfortable with basis music reading skills. Families should consult the current teacher in determining the reading ability of the student. Students should be taking piano lessons during the school year preceding this camp. The program ends with an all-camp ensemble recital. Parents and friends are welcome to join us for this exciting musical finale.

Placement is made according to age and ability. Each level is limited to 10 students, ages 6-14, as follows:

  • Students ages 6 to 7 need at least 1 to 2 years of study.
  • Students ages 8 to 9 need at least 1 to 3 years of study.
  • Students 10 and up need at least 2 to 3 years of study.
  • The ability to read music is necessary to attend this camp.

Activities include music and movement; repertoire master classes; ensembles; piano technique; ear training; music history-appreciation; use of electronic keyboard lab; exploration of other keyboard instruments; eurhythmics.

Intensive Piano Camp  

This six-day camp, with a concluding recital, is designed for students who wish to have a week-long time of concentrated study of piano. The level of ability that a student needs to have achieved to be considered for this camp can vary from intermediate to advanced playing. While there are no age restrictions for this camp, students who apply should have a workable foundation in piano playing at their level and be comfortable with basic sight-reading skills and eager to meet the challenge of six days of focused practice and music-making. Space is limited to 4-8 students.

Activities during the week will include:

  • Three or more hour-long lessons*
  • Daily master classes
  • Group technique classes
  • Theory classes
  • Lessons in ensemble playing
  • Individual practice time
  • Time to study the playing of great pianists

*Each student will have his or her own private lessons, but also will attend the lessons of another student.

The repertoire upon which we will focus will be:

For intermediate students:

  • Baroque two-part pieces, ranging from minuets to two-part inventions
  • Classical Sonatinas
  • Accessible Romantic character pieces
  • Music from the 20th and 21st centuries (this generally does not include pedagogical materials) 
  • Piano duets or two-piano works from the standard repertoire

For more advanced students:

  • Baroque preludes, fugues or suite movements
  • Classical Sonatas
  • Romantic character pieces and/or more demanding works
  • Non-traditional music from the 20th and 21st centuries 
  • Piano duets or two-piano works from the standard repertoire

Parents of interested students should contact Tom Lohr at An audition/interview is necessary for acceptance into this camp.

For the audition students should be prepared to:

  • Play three pieces in contrasting styles, all from memory
  • Demonstrate their sight reading skills
  • Show scale playing or other aspects of his or her technical routine
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of theory

Please consult with your piano teacher regarding appropriate choice of repertoire for the audition and for assistance in preparing for the other skills to be examined (sight reading, scale playing, chords and arpeggios).

For work at the camp students should plan to bring at least three (3) pieces in contrasting styles to the camp for work in the master classes. Please note the five (5) suggested categories above. Please consult with your piano teacher regarding appropriate choice of repertoire to bring to the camp for study. Additionally, students will be learning to play new solo and ensemble (duet) repertoire during the course of the week. Once a student is accepted for the camp, he or she might be notified of a limited amount music to purchase prior to the start of the camp. Students should have practice time during the weeks prior to the camp and time to do some practice during the evenings during the week that the camp is in session.

All students will go to lunch Monday–Friday in the Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith Campus with the faculty. Fees for lunch are covered in the charge for this camp. Students are encouraged to bring morning and/or afternoon snacks if they so desire. Refrigeration space will be provided.

Middle School Composition Camps

This camp is designed to give middle school students insights into both traditional and more recent methods of music composition. In our exploration we will examine ways in which composers have worked both within a purely tonal musical setting (typical of Baroque, Classical and Romantic Period composers), but, depending upon the experience of the students, we are likely also to examine more modern methods of composing that include using whole-tone, pentatonic, quartal, quintal and 12-tone techniques. This exploration will help anyone who is excited about expanding his/her basic knowledge of music. Prior music reading ability of both treble and bass clef is necessary. It is also best that students who register for this camp have done some work in composition previously. Students are encouraged to bring at least one notated original composition to the camp for study in a master class setting. Students will need time during the week to work on assignments at home. While it is generally better for students at this age to be working with pencil and paper when notating their musical compositions, we are likely also to examine the music notation software Sibelius to give the students some hands-on experience with the basic features of one type of notation software, but also with more advanced features such as orchestral scoring. Exercises in ear training will be a daily feature of the camp. Space is limited to 6 students.

High School Music Theory Camps

This camp is designed to give high school students in grades 10-12 a sample of basic college music theory. It will help any student who is considering music as a major in college, or anyone who wants to expand his/her basic knowledge of music. Prior music reading ability is necessary. Space is limited to 15 students.

This year we are introducing two 1-week camp opportunities for students.

  • Week I will deal with traditional music theory (music of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries)
  • .Week II will deal with a variety of approaches to composition (music of the 20th and 21st centuries).
  • Students can register for either or both weeks.




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