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Prelude Chamber Music Camp 2018 Information

Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival 2018 will be June 3th – 10th.  We will open our camp/festival week on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Friday Musicale with a performance by the Vega Quartet at 4PM.  The main coaching center of camp will be Riverside Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. This is an incredible opportunity for students to learn from outstanding music professionals and teachers. Many of the instructors are also members of the Jacksonville Symphony. Special guest performances and instructors are invited to town to teach master classes on intensive topics such as interpretation, theory, composition and ensemble performance. The camp accepts all levels of musicians. In order to organize the students into tracks and levels that fit his/her current needs and abilities, each student auditions for placement. We also ask for teacher recommendations.

Please watch these pages for up to date info on placement auditions (April 14-15) and other special events for Prelude Chamber Music Camp and Concerts 2018.

When: June 3th – 10th, 2018

  • Sun., June 3rd, Opening Performance and Orientation Event will be held at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville, FL 32204. Plan to arrive by 3pm to meet the instructors, get your personalized weekly schedule and important music camp week communications. The Vega Quartet will perform at 4pm! The concert is open to everyone – please invite your friends and family.
  • Mon., June 4th – Fri., June 8th: Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204. All participants need to arrive and check-in at 8:45am. The daily schedule begins at 9am for everyone. Primary group pick up at 1pm; Prelude and Intensive groups dismiss at 5pm daily.
  • Sat., June 9th, Student Concert: Primary and Prelude Track Performance at Riverside Park United Methodist Church. Concert begins at 11am.
  • Sat., June 9th, Outreach Concerts: Some Prelude and All Intensive Groups Participate. Locations and times to be published at a later date.
  • Sun., June 10th, Student Concert Finale: Intensive and Advanced Prelude Track Performance at Friday Musicale. Concert time to be announced (will be after 3pm).

All concerts free and open to the public. Please invite your friends and family!

  • Please complete your registration by April 3rd. 
  • Placement Auditions will be held on April 14-15th at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. More information at Note: All Prelude and Intensive Track registrants must audition for placement. Primary Track applicants are not required to participate in placement auditions. You may audition solo or with your pre-formed group. Each person must pay the deposit before placement auditions.

Go here to register for camp.

When: June 3rd – 10th.

Where: Mon-Fri we’ll be at Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Note: Some opening and closing weekend events will be at different locations. See details below.

Pricing and Tuition:

  • Primary Track: $375 / week
  • Prelude Track: $450 / week
  • Intensive Track: $500 / week

Go here to pay deposit or tuition by credit card.

Camp Hours: 

  • Primary hours: 9am – 1pm Mon – Fri (June 4 – 8) at Riverside Park United Methodist Church; Orientation with parents/family on Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm followed by opening Vega Quartet concert at 4pm (Friday Musicale); Recital on Saturday, June 9th at Riverside Park United Methodist Church.
  • Prelude hours: 9am – 5pm daily Mon – Fri (June 4 – 8) at Riverside Park United Methodist Church; Orientation with parents/family on Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm followed by opening Vega Quartet concert at 4pm (Friday Musicale); Recital on Saturday/Sunday, June 9th/10th
  • Intensive hours: 9am – 5pm daily Mon – Fri (June 4 – 8) at Riverside Park United Methodist Church; Orientation with parents/family on Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm followed by opening Vega Quartet concert at 4pm (Friday Musicale); Recital on Sunday, June 10th at Friday Musicale (time to be announced at a later date).

Welcome to our 17th season of Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, where we’ve been teaching kids and adults the joy of chamber music since 2002.  Started by a Jacksonville Symphony violinist Jeanne Majors,  and two colleagues, Chris Chappell and Vernon Humbert, the strings chamber music camp has become an annual labor of love for Jeanne and the many musicians who teach at the camp each summer.

Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival is open every June to strings students of all ages and to musicians of all levels of proficiency.  Each year about 65 – 100 students participate in the summer camp and festival, and many receive generous scholarships provided by our donors.  Prelude’s alumni grow up with a greater appreciation for classical music, team work, and self-discipline. Some continue to pursue professional musical careers.

From beginners to master musicians, different tracks of small ensembles (usually 3-4 in an ensemble) are organized based on the participant registration, the instrument mix, skills, performance experience, maturity and other important small-ensemble considerations. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or want to be placed, there’s always a spot for you. Complementary small ensembles are carefully chosen by our organizers.

Each year funds are raised to foster outreach programs and to bring in more students who otherwise would not have had the means or the opportunity to experience music education in this inviting and well-organized environment that encourages students to move beyond current abilities and demonstrate their best.

Camp Benefits

  • Outstanding experienced faculty
  • 4:1 (participant to coach) ratio
  • Structured and exploratory learning opportunities
  • Students may organize their own small ensemble or be assigned to an ensemble by our faculty who listens to a placement audition
  • Centrally located and convenient to our whole community
  • Provides opportunities to explore other aspects of music-making in our electives programs; Sign up for electives at placement audition
  • Performance opportunities for all participants during and after the festival sessions.
  • Partial and Full scholarships available by written request and review with camp application.



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