How is COVID-19 going to affect the camp?

In every way possible, or at least that’s how it feels. We will be following the Utah state guidelines (based on the color phase at the time the camp starts), as well as Alpine School District guidelines and requirements.

  • We will maintain social distancing as much as space permits. For most of our rehearsals and enrichment classes this should be possible. Most of the rooms will be large enough that we can have one person to a stand, and we can maintain distance between students.
  • Students should plan on bringing their own masks. There may be some cases where they will not be needed, but we will encourage them to be used in most cases, and require them in the instances where we can’t maintain sufficient social distances.
  • Orchestra sizes will be limited to 45 students so when you add a conductor and some coaches we will not exceed 50 people in a single room.
  • As of writing, we are unable to have the concert indoors due to COVID restrictions. If that changes we will happily move it indoors into the auditorium (while limiting capacity). Since it will likely be outdoors, we’ve scheduled our final concert for Saturday morning. There’s not really a way logistically to beat the heat, but we’ll try to avoid the brunt of it by going in the morning time.
  • We want as many students to participate as possible. These camps are such memorable and positive experiences for the kids. But we will ask that if any of your children are experiencing any symptoms that you not attend, for the wellbeing of all involved.

Where is the camp being held?

This year we will be at American Fork Jr. High, 20 W 1120 N, American Fork, UT

What do I need to bring?

All personal items should be labeled, it’s easy to mix up a square black violin case or music stand.

  • Your instrument
  • Printed music (we suggest taped for easy page turning, and some use of cardstock for stability – our concerts will be outside)
  • Signed waiver (you will need to have the signed waiver to sign-in to the camp on Monday morning)
  • A pencil for marking music
  • Clothes pins, or similar device to secure music to stand in windy conditions
  • A sack lunch (Orch. A or B)
  • A music stand (not needed on a daily basis, just for the final concert)
  • All basses and cellos must have a rock stop, or rubber endpin tip. Basses especially, as you will be in the gym with the newly refinished floor for sectionals and bass ensemble. If you want to participate in those you must have something to protect the floor.
  • A mask (see above)
  • Hand sanitizer (we will have some, but it may not be as pleasantly scented as yours, so if that’s important to you bring your own)
  • A respectful attitude, and ready to learn (of course)

Which Orchestra is right for my child?

You can see details about the difficulty level of each orchestra on the Orchestra Requirements page. Also, under the Audition Information you can see the different excerpts for each instrument which can give you an idea of the difficulty of the music that you can expect from each orchestra. If your child hasn’t played in any of the orchestras listed on the requirements page we ask that you submit an audition so we can help determine which orchestra would be best for them.

I’ve registered, now what?

If you know which orchestra you will be in (based on previous years, or our Orchestra Requirements page, or if you’ve received confirmation from us) then you can submit payment to secure your spot in the camp. Once you’ve paid, you should receive an email from us within a week confirming your registration and a link to download the music so your students can start practicing. All payments are due by July 1st. After July 1st there will be a late fee.

If you submitted an audition, please give us a week to review it and get back to you about orchestra placement.

If you don’t hear from us after a week, please reach out to us at vivaceorchestras@gmail.com

What will the daily schedule be like?

Our 2020 camp schedule is now available. It’s subject to change, but we’ll post any updates on the updates page, and probably email you as well.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is not included. Students should bring their own lunch.

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