Fantasy Camp

Fantasy Camp 2019: July 8-11

A major-league musical experience with the Minnesota Orchestra

What Is Fantasy Camp?

Major League Baseball and National Football League teams have one, so why shouldn’t we? The Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp provides the opportunity for talented amateur musicians in the community to live the Minnesota Orchestra experience—from backstage to onstage.

Started in 2011, this camp gives attendees the opportunity to perform with Minnesota Orchestra musicians, and experience first-hand how concerts go from idea to reality.

Who Can Apply?

Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp is a fun, friendly and non-competitive experience. Adults (18+) who are proficient players of an orchestral instrument can participate.

No audition is necessary. Up to 55 applicants will be selected based upon essay submissions, musical training/background, current involvement in musical activities, and instrumentation needed for the chosen repertoire, Brahms' Symphony No. 2 (mvt IV).

Applications will be accepted through May 24. Participants will be notified by June 7. Apply now!


Fantasy Camp 2019 Repertoire

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73, movement IV: Allegro con spirito
conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä

Assignment of parts (Violin I, Violin II, Trumpet I, Trumpet II, etc.) will be communicated with acceptance. Participants will be responsible for having their parts rehearsal-ready by July 8.

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Participation Fees (Non-Refundable)

Application: $50 (due with application)
Registration: $600* (due upon acceptance)
$650 Total

*Fee includes:

  • Up to 10 complimentary tickets for friends and family to attend the live performance with the Minnesota Orchestra at the Season Sampler Concert on Thu July 11 7:30pm at Orchestra Hall ($100 value)
  • Electronic copies of professional photographs from the experience
  • Copy of the Minnesota Orchestra’s latest recording signed by Music Director Osmo Vänskä
  • Breakfast and lunch each day, plus dinner on July 11
  • Fantasy Camp t-shirt and Minnesota Orchestra merchandise

Special Hotel Pricing

Hotel Ivy
201 S 11th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Located just two blocks from Orchestra Hall and connected via skyway.
Phone: 612-746-4600
Rate per night: $200

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
1101 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Located just two blocks from Orchestra Hall and connected via skyway.
Phone: 612-332-6800
Rate per night: $146

Participants are responsible for arranging their own hotel reservations. Mention “Minnesota Orchestra” to receive our special pricing.


Fantasy Camp Schedule

(Subject to change. All events held at Orchestra Hall.)

MON JUL 8

5-7pm
Welcome, Orchestra Hall tour, sectionals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

TUE JUL 9

9-10am
Breakfast and individual warm-ups

10-11am
Q&A session with Minnesota Orchestra Artistic Planning staff

Break

11:30am-12:30pm
Q&A session with Minnesota Orchestra Music Librarians

12:30-1:30pm
Lunch and individual warm-ups

1:30-3:30pm
Sectionals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

WED JUL 10

9-10am
Breakfast and individual warm-ups

10am-12pm
Sectionals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

12-1:30pm
Lunch and individual warm-ups

1:30-3:30pm
Rehearsal observation or chamber reading opportunity

THU JUL 11

9-10am
Continental breakfast and individual warm-ups

10am-12:30pm
Orchestra dress rehearsal (Fantasy Campers will observe part of the rehearsal and rehearse Brahms' Symphony No. 2 with Osmo Vänskä and Orchestra)

12:30-2pm
Lunch

2-3pm
“The Art of Conducting” led by Sarah Hicks

Break

5-6pm
Dinner with Minnesota Orchestra musicians and staff

6-6:30pm
Wrap-up session

7:30pm
Season Sampler Concert. Participants will perform at the beginning of the second half of this concert.

Post-concert
Celebratory dessert reception for Fantasy Campers, their guests and Minnesota Orchestra musicians and staff


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Fantasy Camp

Fantasy Camp 2019 Application Process

Applications are accepted now through May 24, 2019. Participants will be notified by June 7.

STEP 1: Payment

Please submit your non-refundable $50 application fee before completing the application form below. Your order number is required to complete the form.

Pay Application Fee

STEP 2: Application Form

After submitting your payment, please complete this form.

STEP 3: Letter of Support

One last thing! If you would like to add a letter of support from someone familiar with your musical background - a teacher, colleague, or collaborator - please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It's not required, but if it helps us evaluate your application, we would love to see it!

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