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MIDDLE SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL CAMPS
Wednesday, July 17 - Saturday July 20, 2024
Come celebrate the camp's 30TH ANNIVERSARY!

Camp Con Brio, String Camp of the Rockies provides string students with a wonderful musical opportunity each summer.

 

Campers consist of violin, viola, cello and bass students who are entering grades 6-8 (middle school) or 9-12 (high school). The minimum requirement is at least one year of classroom or private instruction on their instrument.

 

Our mission is to provide students with an educational and musical experience, at a reasonable rate, in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

 

Our goal is to get students excited about playing music and learning new skills while making friends and having fun!

ABOUT THE CAMP

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LOCATION

Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center

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Tucked into the mountains near Divide, Colorado, students will have the opportunity to experience exciting recreational activities such as zipline, ropes courses, swimming, horseback riding, and more. 

 

Students will be housed in cabins and bunk rooms, with easy access to restroom and shower amenities. All meals and rehearsals are within walking distance.

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2024 CAMP FACULTY

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cameron Law, Orchestra Director

Leanne Griffey, Violin I Instructor

Sandy Sundstrom, Violin II Instructor

​Chaeli Fischer, Violin III Instructor

Xareny Polanco, Viola Instructor

Joshua Greiner, Cello Instructor

Linda Tashma, String Bass Instructor

HIGH SCHOOL

Richard Meyer, Orchestra Director

Shawn Murphy, Violin I Instructor

Ruth Ann Coy, Violin II Instructor
Kyle Rupley, Viola Instructor

Courtney Dowling, Cello Instructor

Jay McGuffin, String Bass Instructor

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CAMP FEES

$685 for High School Orchestra students

$585 for Middle School Orchestra students

This fee includes:

- Four days of camp tuition

- Lodging and meals

- LOTS of recreational activities

- 30th ANNIVERSARY commemorative camp T-shirt

Scholarship opportunities may be available through Colorado American String Teachers Association for students that qualify. There may also be opportunities through your school orchestra program. Ask your orchestra director or private instructor!

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DAILY SCHEDULE

Every day, students will get to experience a variety of rehearsals, classes, and recreational activities. Classes include sectionals, where they split up in instrument groups to practice their orchestra music, and work on their right and left hand technique.

Rehearsals are all together with our music director, preparing music for our concert!

 

A typical day would consist of breakfast, morning rehearsal, sectionals, lunch, recreation time, dinner, rehearsal, and an evening activity. Evenings may include movie night, a faculty recital, game night, blacklight dodgeball, or s'mores by the campfire! Students will also have a bit of down time. Campers will have busy days filled with learning and fun!

AUDITIONS

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Students will be asked to record an audition and submit online prior to camp. This is informal and designed for the instructors to get a general idea of the student's current ability level, and to determine seating placement within the ensemble. Students will be asked to play a scale and a prepared piece of their choice.

FAQS

What kind of clothes should I pack? 

The weather in Colorado is always fluctuating, especially at higher elevations. Pack for warm, hot, and chilly weather conditions. It is normally colder in the evening/overnight, and warmer throughout the day activewear for when we have our activities in warmer wear for when we are inside in the air conditioning. Flip-flops are OK, but it’s highly encouraged that students bring comfortable closed-toed shoes for walking, as well.


How can I get in contact with my family or with my camper during camp?

If there are any emergencies, camp staff have communication devices. If a student has an emergency, we will contact you. 

 

Is bedding provided?

No. You will need to bring twin size bed sheets, or a sleeping bag. Don't forget a pillow! Bring whatever will make you the most comfortable for the overnights at camp.

 

Who is watching the campers?

Each student is assigned a counselor, during overnights and at recreation time. The counselors will guide students through all of their different activities and help them with questions and concerns during camp. They are also placed in the cabin, so students are not on their own.

Along with counselors, there are the camp directors and staff that are there for any other needs.  Please refer to our staffing page on our website

 

When will I receive music for camp?

Students will receive music electronically, prior to the start of camp. We ask that all campers print their own music to bring to camp.

 

Why are electronics banned?

We want our students to be fully engaged in the camp experience. As we all know, our digital world is capable of consuming our everyday life through technology. This is a chance to make authentic human connections!

Why aren't ziplining, horseback riding, or the wolf tour available this year?

The long zipline is out of commission this summer. The availability of the shorter zipline was very limited to due staffing. Additionally, adequate group transportation was not available for the wolf tour or for horseback riding. These options will be further researched for future years.

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