• PWC ORCHESTRA CAMP

    2016

    An Orchestral Camp for Continuing and Beginning String Students.

    It is not too late to register! Online registration accepted until July 15th.

    PWC Orchestra Camp Calendar Updated 7/14/2016

    MISSION PWC Orchestra Camp is dedicated to providing a fun and balanced 2 week program of musical instruction and activities for string students in rising grades 4-12.

     

    PROGRAM GOALS Musicians will develop instrumental and ensemble skills which support the school orchestra program during the school year. The program emphasizes individual musical growth through the development of stronger technical skills and a more discerning musical aesthetic. Musicians are placed in an ensemble of similar age and skill. The PWC Orchestra Camp Staff works diligently to group musicians in an ensemble that matches their skill level while providing a challenging environment for personal growth. The camp is an ideal for students wishing to strengthen their playing skills. It is also a perfect environment for students who are switching string instruments or just beginning a string instrument.

     

    HISTORY    PWC Orchestra Camp began in 2005 led by Karen von Bernewitz and Tami Nelson, both PWCPS Orchestra Directors. Their vision of a summer program was to help students continue and increase their playing skills in the summer and retain students from year to year in the PWC public school orchestra program. Since 2005, PWC Orchestra Camp has grown from 20 students to over 100 students each summer.

     

     

     

  • PROGRAM DETAILS

    PROGRAM LEVELS

     

    Beginning Level: Posture, instrument set up, note-reading, rhythm, eurhythmics, develop internal pulse, ear training.

     

    Intermediate Levels: Expand range, improve tone and pitch center, more complex rhythms and bowings, sophisticated harmonies/melodies, develop leadership and independence in the ensemble, greater understanding of music theory as it applies to the repertoire.

     

    Advanced Levels: Expand range, develop professional tone, vibrato, more complex repertoire, understand conducting gestures, advanced music theory, foster leadership and independence in the ensemble.

     

    **Students must provide their own instruments.  You can always rent from a local music store.

     

    CLASS PLACEMENT

     

    There will be NO formal audition for class placement.  Placement will be determined by the following criteria:

      • Age/Grade level
      • Experience on instrument
      • Experience in a orchestra (group) setting

    It is our intent to place students at a level where they will be challenged, but not overwhelmed.

     

    Students will be closely observed during the first 2-3 days of the program.  Any necessary level changes will take place by Friday of the first week.  

     

     

    SAMPLE SCHEDULE

     

    Sample of Daily Schedule:

     

      8:15  -  8:25  - Daily arrival and check-in.
      8:30  -  9:00  - Group Tune/Warm up/Stretch

      9:00  -  9:55  - Ensemble Rehearsals
      9:55 - 10:00 -  Short bathroom/break
    10:05 - 11:00  - Sectional /Technique Class
    11:00 - 11:25  - Snack Break/Group Activity 

    11:25 - 12:25  - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

    12:25 - 12:30 -  Announcements/Pack-up/Dismissal

     

     

     

     

    REFUND POLICY

     

    All refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to pwcorchestracamp@gmail.com

    •  Approved refund requests made on or before May 31, 2016 will receive a full refund*.
    •  Approved refund requests made June 1, 2015 - June 20, 2016 will receive a 50% refund*.
    •  Refunds* will  not be made after June 20, 2016 unless written medical documentation is  provided and approved by the PWC Orchestra Camp Director.
    • Upon approval, please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to be processed.

     

     

  • SUMMER 2016 CAMP

    Location, Dates, Times, Cost

    SUMMER 2016 

     

    Location: Gar-Field High School

    14000 Smoketown Road

    Woodbridge, VA 22192


    Dates: July 18 -July 29, 2016

     

    Times: 8:30 am-12:30 pm (M-F)

     

    End of Program Showcase Concert: July 29 at 10:30 am
    Gar-Field HS Auditorium

    *followed by a celebration reception in the lower cafeteria.

     

    Early Registration Fee: $200 Tuition (Postmarked/Received by June 15, 2016)

     

    Late Registration Fee: $225 Tuition (Postmarked/Received after June 15, 2016)

     

    Payment Made Out To: Lake Ridge Middle School

     

    Send Payment To: Lake Ridge Middle School

    c/o Karen von Bernewitz

    12350 Mohican Road

    Woodbridge, VA 22192

     

    Optional School Bus Transportation Fee: $45.00 due with tuition fee

    Students riding the bus will arrive at Gar-Field HS by 8:15 a.m

    Students riding the bus will depart Gar-Field HS by 12:40 p.m.

     

    Bus Stops

    Tyler ES

    Bristow Run ES

    Benton MS

    Woodbridge MS

     

     

    Optional Private Lesson Fee: $30.00 per 1/2 hour lesson per week for 1 or 2 weeks. Pay private

    instructor directly. Lessons take place at Gar-Field HS either in the morning before the camp day at 7:45 -8:15 am or after the camp day from 12:35 - 1:05 p.m.

     

    Contact Information: Camp Director: Karen von Bernewitz

    email: pwcorchestracamp@gmail.com

    cell phone: 703.851.7145

     

  • PWC Orchestra Camp Calendar 2016

    Showing Spirit days and other activities​

    Week 1 July 18 - July 22, 2016

     

      
    Monday, July 18

    Opening Day of Camp.
    Make Name Tags


    Tuesday, July19

    School T-Shirt Day-
    Represent your school by wearing your school t-shirt

     

    Scavenger Hunt
     

    Wednesday, July 20

    Hat Day— Let’s see what hat you are going to wear today!

     

    Thursday, July 21

    P.J. Day—
    It’s summer time. We may as well be comfortable.


    Ice Cream Social—
    For the students enrolled in camp.


    Friday, July 22
    Wacky Hair Day—
    How wacky can you have your hair today?
     

    United States Air Force Strolling Strings Concert—
    In the Auditorium beginning at 11:45. Parents and Friends Welcome!
     

     

    Week 2 July 25 - July 29, 2016

    Monday, July 25

    Mismatch Day—
    How mismatched are you going to dress today?
     

    Tuesday, July 26

    Super Hero Day—
    Come as your favorite Super Hero.



     

    Wednesday, July 27

    Colors Day—
    Your group gets to pick their color to wear today

     

    Doughnut Day—
    The big ones from Shopper’s Food Warehouse-for all campers

     

    Thursday, July 28

    Twin/Multiple Day—
    Who are you going to group up with?
    Camp T-Shirt Handout—
     

    Friday, July 29
    Concert Day—
    10:30 Concert—In the Auditorium. All are welcome! Wear your camp t-shirts.
    11:30 Reception—bring an item to share at the reception celebration 

     

     

  • PWC ORCHESTRA CAMP REGISTRATION 2016

    EARLY REGISTRATION POSTMARKED/RECEIVED BY JUNE 15, 2016

    LATE REGISTRATION POSTMARKED/RECEIVED AFTER JUNE 15, 2016

              (Late Registrations accepted online until July 15, 2016)

     

    Payment is mailed into:

    Lake Ridge Middle School

    c/o Karen von Bernewitz

    12350 Mohican Road

    Woodbridge, VA 22192

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

    These are the most commonly asked questions. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please contact us (link in menu).

    How are the musicians grouped?

    Musicians are grouped by grade/age and ability.  Occasionally, exceptions are made, however we generally do not place elementary age children in the middle/high school groups, regardless their advanced technique.

     

    Is there an audition for group placement?

    There is no formal audition for group placement.  Placement is largely determinded by grade/age. Teachers assess the musicians during the first few days and may recommend class movement to the Program Director.   Please direct any concerns about class placement to the Program Director.  

     

    Does PWC Orchestra Camp provide instruments to the campers?

    PWC Orchestra Camp does not provide instruments for the campers.  Students must either own their instrument or rent one from a local music store.  There is an info page on the menu for places to rent/buy instruments.

     

     

    Is lunchtime part of the daily schedule?

    The daily schedule includes a 25 minute lunch time.  Students  bring a sack lunch.  Students eat in the lower level cafeteria

     

     Can I mail in my registration and payment?

     Yes, you can either mail in your registration or conveniently submit the registraton application online. 

     

     

     

    When is payment due?

    Payment is due at the time you register.  If online registration is done, simply mail in your payment.  If mailing in registration, include your payment with it.

     

     

    Who are check made to and where do I send my payment?

    Checks made payable to:  LRMS

    Payment is sent to:

    Lake Ridge Middle School

    c/o Karen von Bernewitz

    12350 Mohican Road

    Woodbridge, VA 22192 

     

     

     

    I just found out about PWC Orchestra Camp.  How late do you accept registrations?

    We prefer you to register early so that you have a spot in camp.  Late registrations pay an additional $25 late registration fee.  On a case by case basis, we have accepted registrations up to and including the day camp begins if we have room.

     

     

     

    Can my child attend just one week of camp instead of both weeks?

    PWC Orchestra Camp is designed as a two week camp which builds on musicianship skills during those two weeks.  Occasionally, a student may attend just one week of camp with prior approval from the camp director.  The last day of camp culminates with a Finale Concert where each orchestra performs separately and then all orchestra perform together for the final piece of music played.

     

     

     

    Can tuition be prorated if my child will miss a portion of the camp?

    Your child is welcome to attend whatever portion of the camp your schedule allows.  Unfortunately, we are unable to prorate tuition.  Full payment is required upon registration.

     

     

    Can I obtain a receipt for my FSA?

     Please use your confirmation email from PWC Orchestra Camp as a receipt of payment for tax filing purposes.  This serves as sufficient documentation.   

     

     

    Is transportation provided?  

    YES! For the time this year, PWC Orchestra camp is offering optional school bus transportation for an additional fee of $45.00  Express school bus stops are listed in the registration.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and pick up from the express school bus stops.  The $45.00 transportation fee is due along with the the tuition payment at the time of registration.


     

    Is there a multi-child discount?  Financial Aid?  Scholarships?

    PWC Orchestra Camp does not offer a discount for families enrolling more than one child nor is it able to offer Financial Aid or Scholarships.  Full payment is required for each child in order to register.  

     

     

    Are private lessons an option at camp?

    Yes. you may opt to sign your child up for private lessons at camp.  A student may take one private lesson per week.  Private lessons cost $30 per lesson (30 minutes).  They take place with the instructor at Gar-Field HS either before camp hours, from 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. or after camp hours, from 12:35 - 1:05 p.m.  The private lesson fee is not included in the tuition payment.  The private teacher is paid by the parent directly.  Students using school bus transportation will need to make other transportation arrangements for the day the have a lesson.

  • PARENT COMMENTS...

    from past years.

    -This is a great program. We were so impressed with the music my our child was learning. She had a lot of fun and made new friends. The concert on the last day was far beyond what I would have expected the kids to learn to play in two weeks. I really appreciated what one of the teachers said..."just because they're 6th graders doesn't mean they have to sound like it." We're really looking forward to next year!

     

    -It was a blast--she loved it.

     

     

    -This is a great opportunity for my daughter to keep her skills up during the summer. The camp had great teachers that my child enjoyed learning from and playing with. She completed the camp a better musician with more confidence.

     

     

    -Thank you for you time and effort to produce a high quality summer camp.

     

    -This was my daughter's second year doing PWC Orchestra Camp and she absolutely loves it.  Seeing this type of excitement in a 13 year old is a beautiful thing!  She was inspired daily and the camp not only improves her skills but she had a lot of fun and made new friends.

     

    -The camp was well organized and the concert was great.  The instructors and students did a great job.  My son loved it!

     

    -Our daughter loved the camp.  She had fun, learned new things, and most importantly got to practice more before starting her middle school strings class/group.  We thought it was a great opportunity at a great price.

     

    -Great job by everybody involved, very impressed and a great value for a two week camp. Thank you!

     

    -Outstanding camp. The performances were incredible

     

     

    -The camp left our "beginner" excited about his decision to take orchestra as his elective at middle school.  His enthusiasm throughout the camp's duration only grew, which is a reflection of the instructors and the program.

     

    -This was a wonderful experience and my child found the music challenging, the instructors helpful and encouraging and the entire camp great fun.

     

    -You all did a great job..my son enjoyed & liked it very much to be in the orchestra camp.  He attended last year as well and he told me that it helped him a lot.  Salute to you all!

     

    -Very pleased with instruction and fun activities for the kids.  The information about practicing was great.  The concert was nicely organized.  Great program.  Thanks for doing it.

     

    -My daughter loved this camp!  She learned a lot from her instructors and I feel she is ready for 6th grade orchestra.

  • INSTRUMENT RENTAL & PURCHASE

    Although PWC Orchestra Camp does not provide instruments for students, there are many places to rent or purchase and instrument.   You can always do a search under "violin shops" or "music stores".   Please be careful--if purchasing an instrument please go to a reputable shop.   The internet is loaded with low cost, low quality instruments. Many times to the untrained eye, an internet instrument may "look" like a beautiful violin for a very good price ($50-$150) but in fact it turns out to be a VSO--Violin Shaped Object.  These turn out to be virtually unplayable because of innumerable structural and set-up problems.  Many times parents who have purchased this type of instrument find out that repairs needed to make their instrument playable far exceed the original price.

    Music Stores  

    These are just a few local ones of many you can find.

     

    Foxes Music Company

    www.foxesmusic.com

    Address: 416 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

    Phone:  (703) 533-7393

     

     

    Brobst Violin Shop

    www.brobstviolins.com

    Address: 5584 General Washington Dr, Alexandria, VA 22312

    Phone:(703) 256-0566

     

     

    Potter Violin Company

    www.pottersviolins.com

    Address: 4706 Highland Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814

    Phone: (301) 652.7070, 1(800) 317.9452

     

     

    Music  & Arts

    www.stores.musicarts.com

    Retail Chain Music Store-(this is just one location listed below.

    Address: 14577 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192

    Phone:(703) 491-4196

     

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