We are excited to host our twelfth version of the Traverse City Music Camp at the Central United Methodist Church. I chose the word version to highlight the changes that result from the yearly deliberations by the Archipelago Project Teaching Artists. We believe in being lifelong learners, therefore we are always looking for ways to improve and refine our offerings. During our planning sessions we employ information from student surveys, teacher surveys, our personal experiences, and current pedagogical practices. If anything, we are guilty of desiring to give everything we can to the students who chose to spend their time with us. We appreciate their talents, personalities, and potential.
This year we are offering a focused exploration of the student’s creativity. Each day will begin with a skill building class led by Archipelago Teaching Artists. Then students will spend the rest of the day participating in creative-composition and popular-music arranging classes. In both classes, students will be separated into groups, tasked with creating compositions and arrangements for multiple performances throughout the city. Rotating teams of Archipelago Teaching Artists will guide these musician collectives, teaching them how to rehearse together, make musical decisions, and create a total performance. However, it will be up to the students to choose the musical product. The final concert will be a great time of music making and sharing. Please join us at the Central United Methodist Church on Friday, August 12th at 6:00 PM. It will be an inspiring event!
Additionally we have two new initiatives we are excited to roll out. This year the student groups will receive instruction, guidance, and support from our composer-in-residence Jim Territo (http://www.jimterrito.com/). We are excited to have Jim around, his experience and expertise will be a coup for the participants. Also, for students who want to take extra advantage of the world-class musicians in Archipelago, we are offering private lessons in the morning before the camp day begins. For some of our students, this is an excellent opportunity to prepare for chair placements, ensemble auditions, and college entrance and scholarship auditions.
We hope to see you this summer, either at the camp or at a concert!
– Armand Hall