Texas summer camp—with strings

Posted on: July 25, 2014

“Orchestral students are generating glissandos and doling out ditties, dolcissimo, for a different kind of summer camp,” writes Lana Sweeten-Shults in Wednesday’s (7/23) Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas). “Since 2010, the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra has organized a summer strings camp for YSO members and junior high and high school musicians with at least two years’ experience. This year, 28 students, mostly from fifth through eighth grade (though as young as a second- and third-grader), are spending the week delving into music theory, sectionals, ensemble practices … as part of the fine arts camp, which culminates with a performance 5:30 p.m. Friday.… Ethan Rouse was busy in one room Tuesday morning leading violin students in some of the music they will perform.… Rouse, a senior viola major at the University of North Texas in Denton, just five years ago was a member of the youth symphony—a group of about 60 to 70 musicians from Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities who meet every Sunday to practice for fall and spring concerts (and perform, usually for the Christmas concert, with the adult symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra).… After this week’s camp, the YSO will be preparing for its 2014-2015 season.”

Posted July 25, 2014