This post turned out to be a lot longer than I expected, but there’s a lot to cover. Here’s the summary, and you can read the details below.
- Friday is camp shirt day, and is a different schedule than M-Th
- Dinner will be provided for the kids as listed on the schedule
- Enrichment recital is 7 PM, (held outside)
- Saturday concert is INSIDE! (we’ll be sticking to the same times on the schedule, just moving inside)
- In-person attendance will be limited
- There are alternate viewing options
- Volunteers needed
- Concert attire
- Concert cost
It’s been a wonderful week with your musicians, and we’re down to the final rehearsals and concerts! Please note that the schedule for Friday is different (from M-Th), with a start time of 11:30 for Orch. A and the other orchestras starting later in the afternoon. Also, tomorrow is Camp Shirt day, so everyone is encouraged to wear their camp shirts.
We’ve tried to minimize downtime for the students in tomorrow’s schedule, but there is going to be some as we shuffle through rehearsals, dinner, etc. so please make sure your student has a book, or something to pass a little bit of time.
Speaking of dinner, we will be serving dinner for the students. It will be mostly of the grab and go variety due to covid. We’ll be serving it in the cafeteria, students can eat it there, or take it outside. Orchestra D isn’t on the schedule, but they can join Orch. C at 5-5:30.
We will be ending Friday with the Enrichment/Faculty recital. It will be outside, on the East end of the school, wherever there is the most shade. Seating will be on the grass (at socially distant distances), so bring a blanket or some lawn chairs. The attire for Friday night is just camp shirts. It’s a fun, informal concert. We’ll hear from the cello choir, the fiddling classes, the bass ensemble (lightsabers are encouraged for this number, bring ’em if you got ’em) and a couple of chamber groups.
Now for the BIG NEWS about the Saturday concert. Normally when I have good news and bad news I start with the bad. In this case though I have to start with the good (the bad won’t really make sense until you know the good). The school district updated their policies and we will be allowed to hold our final concert inside in the auditorium! We’ve been preparing all along for the concert to be outside, but hoping that we might be able to do it indoors. Do you believe in miracles? So, that’s the good news. Of course there are caveats due to covid precautions. Masks will be required for all audience members. We know that there are a lot of different opinions on masks, and we have encouraged but not required their use during the week. We’ve been wearing them all week, we know how pleasant they are. All that aside, for the final concert if you want to experience it in person you will need to have a mask and wear it while you are in the auditorium. In addition, we will have every other row taped off and unavailable for seating, and ushers will direct you to specific seats, leaving space between family groups. Now’s where the bad news comes in. In addition to the seating arrangements, we will be limited to 25% capacity of the auditorium. This means a maximum of 240 people will be allowed in the audience.
We have 80 families attending the camp. If I carry the one….that comes out to 3 people per family. There are no good or easy answers here. We’re going to be providing 3 tickets per family. We’ll have them at the check-in table tomorrow, you can pick them up when you drop off your students, or after the enrichment concert. These will be your admittance to the final concert at 10 AM. If you have less than 3 people that will be attending the concert please let us know and we’ll hold onto any extra tickets for any others that request them. We will have a standby line for those without tickets, but it is VERY LIKELY we will hit capacity, and so…..
We do have two silver linings. First is that even though the in person audience will be limited, we will record the concert and post it on youtube for you to share with all your friends and family (if there are any amateur videographers that have some better equipment than I do that would like to volunteer, please contact me). The second silver lining is that we are doing a dress rehearsal right before the concert. Family members or friends can come during that time, and stay just for the orchestra that your child is participating in. It will be all the same music with the full symphony. This will be an option that will allow more people to enjoy the music, and see these amazing musicians in action. If you have younger children that might not be up to quietly attending a full concert, this would be an excellent opportunity for them to listen in a more flexible environment. They can come at the scheduled start time of a sibling’s orchestra, listen to 15 minutes of music, and then be able to leave.
We understand this is going to be a different experience than what we’re all used to, but that pretty much describes everything in our lives as we chart a course through an ongoing pandemic. We ask that you help us by being courteous and respecting the format we’ve chosen to create the best experience for your young musicians. This concert is really about them.
We will need some extra volunteers to pull this all off. We’ll need a dozen ushers to assist in seating people, four people to attend the entrance and we need ten volunteers to help with the cleanup after the concert. Sign up here
Orchestra A & B should be in concert black. Orchestra C & D can be in concert black if they have it, or nice dress clothes (Sunday best). All performers will be asked to wear masks as well (they don’t have to be concert black)
There will be no cost for the tickets for the concert. We do every thing we can to keep our camp affordable for families. There will be a donation box and any donations that you would like to make help us to continue to offer this experience and keep it affordable will be greatly appreciated, and will go to a valuable cause.
Thank you for being part of our camp this year! It has been such a different year, with unexpected challenges and unexpected blessings. We want as many people as possible to be able to experience the amazing talents of your children and the uplifting music they have prepared, and we appreciate your cooperation and support in making it all possible.