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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Fantasy Camp

Fantasy Camp

Fantasy Camp 2017: Jul 18-20

Fantasy Camp will return summer of 2019! Check back soon for more information.

It's a major league musical experience with the Minnesota Orchestra.

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 musicians in the community to live the Minnesota Orchestra experience—from backstage to onstage. Started in 2011, this camp is designed to immerse participants in rehearsing, learning and performing side-by-side with Minnesota Orchestra musicians and staff.

Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp is a fun, friendly and non-competitive experience. Adults (18+), who are proficient players of an orchestral instrument, can attend. No audition is necessary. Up to fifty applicants will be selected based upon essay submissions, musical training/background, current involvement in musical activities, and instrumentation needed for Berlioz' Roman Carnival Overture.

Fantasy Camp 2017 Repertoire

BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä

Assignment of parts (i.e. Violin I, Violin II, Trumpet I, Trumpet II, etc.) will be communicated with acceptance. Participants will be responsible for having their part rehearsal-ready by Jul 18.

Download your part

Fantasy Camp Schedule

(Subject to change)

Tue Jul 18

Sectionals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

Wed Jul 19

Continental breakfast and welcome with staff and Sarah Hicks, Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall

Orchestra rehearsal (Fantasy Campers will observe part of the rehearsal and rehearse Roman Carnival Overture with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Orchestra)

Lunch and rehearsal recap with Sarah Hicks

Sectionals led by Minnesota Orchestra musicians

Thu Jul 20

Continental breakfast and individual warm-ups

Orchestra dress rehearsal (Fantasy Campers will observe part of the rehearsal and rehearse Roman Carnival Overture with Osmo Vänskä and Orchestra)

Lunch and rehearsal recap with Sarah Hicks

Group activities, including a session on “The Art of Conducting” led by Sarah Hicks and an insider’s view of Minnesota Orchestra programming led by the Orchestra’s Artistic Planning team

Dinner with musicians and staff

Wrap-up session with Sarah Hicks and group photo

Performance of Roman Carnival Overture with the Minnesota Orchestra. Participants will appear on the concert at the beginning of the second half.

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

Participation Fees (Non-Refundable)

Application: $50 (due with application)
Registration: $550* (due upon acceptance)
$600 Total

*Fee includes:

  • Up to 10 complimentary VIP tickets for friends and family to attend the live performance with the Minnesota Orchestra on Jul 20. ($200 value)
  • Electronic copies of professional photographs from the experience
  • Complimentary copy of the Minnesota Orchestra’s latest recording signed personally by Music Director Osmo Vänskä
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch on Jul 19 & Jul 20 and dinner on Jul 20
  • Fantasy Camp t-shirt

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

Rates per night:
Mon-Wed $175, Thu-Sun $205

Participants are responsible for arranging their own hotel reservations with Hotel Ivy. Mention the "Minnesota Orchestra" to receive our special pricing.


Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Jessica Leibfried, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 612.371.5650.