Strings camp a high note of summer
Grab your cellos, kids. It's camp time!
An upcoming youth camp skips the tents and there's not a s'more to be found, but young musicians say the experience is a true high note of their summer.
Strings Del Rio, an annual orchestra camp, gives young folks (and a few brave adults) a fun opportunity to expand and explore their abilities to make cellos, violas, violins and basses sing.
“Strings Del Rio is fun because the teachers love to share their passion for making music with students of all ages and have creative ways to make working hard seem like we are just having fun,” said camp director Kathy Younker.
“The younger students have time for games and light physical activities. All of the students have time to get acquainted and make new friends, young and old. Sharing their love of music develops a bond within a group and breaks any age and cultural barriers you might find in other activities.”
Strings Del Rio is slated for June 17-21 in Yuma, but registration is underway now.
The camp offers several levels of orchestra experiences for musicians, from age 5 to adult.
“Most camps specialize in particular ages of students allowed to attend. We have adults and youth working together, which makes for a very unique cultural experience,” Younker said. “Because of our community support that we receive, we are able to keep the ratio of students to teachers small enough to allow for more individual attention.”
Strings Del Rio is sponsored by the Yuma Orchestra Association and Yuma Union High School District. The camp is funded through a grant from the Yuma Community Foundation and the Sturges Charitable Trust.
Before the camp was created, students were forced to travel around the region to find camps dedicated to classical string performance.
“Our goal for Strings Del Rio is to allow string students from Yuma some of the same experiences other students from other communities are offered,” said Younker. “We could encourage our students to go out of town, but the cost of camp tuition, lodging, meals and travel would make it prohibitive to many. Only a small number would be able to enjoy that experience. Hosting a camp in Yuma cuts down on the expenses for families so that more can participate and they can sleep in their own beds at night.”
The camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Cibola High School, 4100 W. 20th St. Students who wish to play in the higher level orchestras must participate in auditions, which will begin at 8 a.m. on the first day.
The students will perform in a grand finale concert on the final day.
The cost for camp is $175, which includes breakfast, snacks and a camp T-shirt. Discounts are available for multiple family members and returning students from previous years.
For more information, visit YumaOrchestra.org or call 314-0735.
Darin Fenger can be reached at email@example.com or 539-6860.