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Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp 2019 Offers Immersion Experience for Amateur Musicians

Slated for July 8 to 11, 2019, Fantasy Camp offers amateur musicians an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Minnesota Orchestra onstage at Orchestra Hall

Experience includes breakout sessions, rehearsals and a public performance; Osmo Vänskä conducts and Sarah Hicks leads special sessions


The Minnesota Orchestra’s popular Fantasy Camp, a multi-day orchestral immersion experience offering amateur musicians a unique opportunity to rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Minnesota Orchestra, returns this summer under the baton of Music Director Osmo Vänskä. The 2019 Fantasy Camp experience culminates in a performance of the final movement of Brahms’ Second Symphony with Camp participants and Minnesota Orchestra musicians performing together onstage at Orchestra Hall.

Running from July 8 to 11, 2019, the Fantasy Camp experience will include sectional rehearsals led by musicians; a break-out session on the “Art of Conducting” led by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks; Q&A sessions with members of the Orchestra’s Artistic Planning department and music librarians; opportunities to observe the Minnesota Orchestra in rehearsal or read chamber music with other Camp participants; and the core experience of the camp: a rehearsal with the Orchestra and a culminating performance led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, as part of the Orchestra’s July 11 Season Sampler Concert.

Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp is intended for adults (18+) who are proficient players of a standard orchestral string, woodwind or brass instrument, or percussion. Additional information and application materials are available at minnesotaorchestra.org/fantasycamp.  The cost to participate is $650.
 

Details about Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp

Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp is designed as a fun, friendly and non-competitive program, with no audition necessary. Applications will be accepted online through Friday, May 24. Up to 55 applicants will be selected for the Camp based on their musical background/training, essay submission, involvement in current musical activities, and the instrumentation needed for the chosen repertoire. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 7.

Participants will be responsible for having their part rehearsal-ready by the opening of the Camp on July 8. Individual orchestral parts are available for download on the Orchestra’s website. 

The participation fee includes up to 10 complimentary Main Floor tickets for friends and family to attend the evening concert on July 11; electronic copies of professional photos from the experience; a complimentary copy of the Orchestra’s latest Mahler symphony recording, signed by Music Director Osmo Vänskä; a Fantasy Camp t-shirt and Minnesota Orchestra merchandise; and complimentary meals throughout the experience.


Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp Schedule *

Monday, July 8

5-7 p.m.                             Welcome; Orchestra Hall tour;
                                            Sectional rehearsals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

 

Tuesday, July 9

9-10 a.m.                           Continental breakfast and individual warm-ups

10-11 a.m.                         Q&A session with Minnesota Orchestra Artistic Planning staff

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.        Q&A session with Minnesota Orchestra music librarians

12:30-1:30 p.m.               Lunch and individual warm-ups

1:30-3:30 p.m.                  Sectional rehearsals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

 

Wednesday, July 10

9-10 a.m.                            Continental breakfast and individual warm-ups

10 a.m.-12 p.m.                 Sectional rehearsals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

12-1:30 p.m.                      Lunch and individual warm-ups

1:30-3:30 p.m.                  Rehearsal observation or chamber reading opportunity        

 

Thursday, July 11                  

9-10 a.m.                          Breakfast and individual warm-ups

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.         Orchestra rehearsal

12:30-2 p.m.                    Lunch

2-3 p.m.                           “The Art of Conducting,” led by Sarah Hicks

5-6 p.m.                              Dinner with musicians and staff

7:30 p.m.                           Minnesota Orchestra “Season Sampler” concert, featuring performance of                    

                                           Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, movement IV

9:30 p.m.                           Reception with participants, their guests, Orchestra staff and musicians


* schedule subject to change


 

For full information about Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp, visit minnesotaorchestra.org/fantasycamp.


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