Often, we focus so much on playing our instruments well or learning a new technique that we forget to have fun and embody what we mean, to tell the story we meant to tell. At Prelude Chamber Music, we teach that emotions and expression are a really important facet of music appreciation and performance. For our younger kids in 2015, we added a new enrichment program for the late afternoon hours providing more exploratory ways to grow expressively through music and visual story-telling. What started out as a way to help our families that needed a later pick up time option in order for their children to be able to participate in our music camp, quickly blossomed into a big hit. Kids enjoyed finding new ways to connect their mood and story ideas with a visual interpretation of their emotions and a little acting. We thank our donors who saw a need and stepped up to help! Meet Gigi and Learn more about Art & Story.
“My children, ages 15 and 12, have attended Prelude Chamber Music Camp every year they were age-eligible. Initially, the greatest benefits were to work with and get to know our fine Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra musicians and to meet peer string players from a larger area than our youth symphony attracts. Then there was the obvious – the rare opportunity to play in small ensembles. The exposure to the rich string quartet literature and the specialized skills gained from performing chamber music have enhanced my children’s musicianship and love of their instruments. They were inspired to start their own trios and quartets! We have returned to camp, year after year, because it has grown with the children. The addition of master classes and performances with world renowned quartets, such as the Dover Quartet and Vega Quartet, has elevated the camp to new levels. It is a huge privilege to learn from these accomplished young role models in a friendly setting where they are approachable and eager to share. Thanks to its founder and longtime Jacksonville resident, Jeanne Majors, Prelude Chamber Music Camp embodies that big, small-town character that makes Jacksonville special. It is a blessing to have a camp of such high caliber so close to home.” – Elizabeth Maddox
The Dover Quartet joined us at Prelude Chamber Music Camp last week to teach some master classes and offered valuable feedback to our musicians at camp. Several students told us the feedback was the best they’ve heard – they really liked the constructive criticism and the way they delivered it. Milena, Camden, Joel and Bryan shared their performance experiences, comedic commentary and detailed visual descriptions to help convey how to play and emote expressions with their instrument like a voice, stressed how to work together as a team coaching students on how to lay a foundation and build on it, how to stay true to the composition, how to accentuate in a clever and meaningful way, how to entertain and energize their performances, and much more. I sat in on one class and heard the distinct difference of how they played before their feedback and was impressed to hear the quick improvements the performers made with the distinct yet subtle adjustments guided by the Dover’s encouragement, visual feedback and demonstration. The Dover Quartet also gave an amazing public concert on Tuesday night (June 10th) full of intrigue and fresh energy. The concert was well-attended by about 225 people in the community. First Coast Connect introduced the Dover Quartet earlier that morning and Milena talked a bit about when she was younger, living in Jacksonville, and how much she learned from being a student at the Prelude Chamber Music Camp. The camp continues to bring in new musicians and talented accomplished musicians alike that simply want to grow as a musician and share chamber music with their friends and/or groom their ensemble. The Dover Quartet is invited back anytime. They were also invited to come back and appear on WJCT’s Electro Lounge, so listen in and you may hear them again soon. It’s been a busy two weeks with camp still in swing, but stay tuned and we’ll be posting lots of videos and photos in the coming weeks.
Help us fight against local hunger! Prelude Chamber Music would like to host a Music for Food benefit concert featuring faculty and students. We would accept local donations and sponsors. Those who attend could make donations and a large portion of the proceeds will go to Second Harvest www.wenourishhope.org to help feed our hungry in Northeast Florida. We are looking for a place to host the event, caterers and to set a date. If anyone is interested in helping us secure a place to host or other ideas for sharing the gift of music so that others might eat, please let us know. The Dover String Quartet is an advocate of Music for Food programs and will be coming to Jacksonville in June. You might also check out a successful Music for Food program that operates in Boston at www.musicforfoodboston.org
PBS covers an L.A. group called Project Harmony that is delivering music education and training to low socioeconomic groups of children and has enlisted the help of a neurobiologist to illustrate the proof that music education benefits children’s learning abilities, language and literacy skills, and improves concentration. What do you think about music education? How valuable is it to you and your family?