Orchestra Project, a joint venture between VCU Music and the Richmond Symphony, offers a variety of summer orchestra camps, based off student age and ability. Students study with VCU professors and full-time musicians from the Richmond Symphony. The camps are designed to immerse young players in the magic of music making with a mix of summertime fun! The mission of Orchestra Project is to bring about transformative growth in young musicians in one week’s time. Dorm and day options available.
Orchestra Project offers the following programs with dorm and day options available for String Intensive and String Odyssey.
String Intensive: Designed for advanced string players currently in grades 8 through 12, String Intensive provides a week of workshops that encourage students to dig deep into chamber and string orchestra music. Chamber music faculty not only coach their ensembles, they play WITH them. Planned recreation and socializing opportunities round out an unforgettable week.
String Odyssey: This program welcomes middle and high school students who have been playing their instruments for a minimum of one year and are ready to advance their skills by working with professional musicians. A good mix of music and summertime fun is the hallmark of String Odyssey.
Odyssey JR.: Odyssey JR. welcomes elementary string students in grades 2-5 who have been playing their instrument for a minimum of one year. The half-day camp provides a great introduction to playing in an ensemble as well as learning the different roles within an ensemble. The day begins with ensemble rehearsal and sectionals then wraps up with a fun interactive music class away from your primary instrument creating a well rounded musical experience