Chamber music camp provides music and leadership training |

Chamber music camp provides music and leadership training

Claire Higgins
Summit Daily News

Special to the Daily/Karina WetherbeeArtistic director and violinist Chas Wetherbee plays with a small group of students at Scale the Summit Chamber Music Camp in Dillon. The camp's fourth season begins Monday.

Scale the Summit Chamber Music Camp is returning for its fourth year and inviting young people of all ability levels to exercise their creativity while building leadership skills.

The weeklong camp, geared for 7-18 year olds, begins Monday and runs through Friday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. daily. Students of all ability levels explore strings, woodwinds, piano and harp under the guidance of artistic director and camp cofounder Chas Wetherbee, along with a cast of top faculty.

“Music is a perfect art to learn about the give and take between being a member of a team, working with others and stepping out and working on leadership roles. Other skills highlighted during the week include improvisation, chamber music and orchestra,” Wetherbee said.

The mornings will consist of small chamber ensembles working alongside faculty members followed by individual lessons, practice time, group improvisation, percussion ensemble and chamber orchestra in the afternoon.

Violinist Ella Reed, a 13-year-old from Dillon, will be returning for her second year at the camp. “I get to play music with people who also like to play music,” she said, recalling how much she enjoyed playing with the faculty and other musicians. She also enjoyed the final concert, which takes place Friday afternoon and features the students playing music learned throughout the week. “We work on techniques and chamber music every day,” Reed said, not to mention juggling to work on hand-eye coordination.

The first Scale the Summit Chamber Music Camp ran in 2004 with 14 young musicians, cofounder Janet Harriman said. Since then the camp has doubled in size and extended its reach beyond Summit County.

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“The kids show such enthusiasm for music and their playing improves tremendously over one week,” Harriman said. “Chas Wetherbee and the rest of the faculty inspire these kids to play beyond what they think they are capable of.”

The chamber music camp costs $300 for the week. To sign up or for more info, contact Janet Harriman at (970) 468-0110.

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