Tributations, Blogs, Get the Word Out and Commentaries
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Dear Yinzi and Vega Quartet,
We are very grateful to you all for participating in Prelude with such care for our students and for your stunning performance. We loved having you here. I know this was something our students will remember their whole lives.
Chris and all the Prelude faculty
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 son attended Prelude Intensive track this year. He seemed to enjoy the program this year even more than last year.” – Carol
“This being our first year, we were excited about being a part of the camp. The chamber group was great, and my kids said that it was a good learning experience.” – Joy
“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
Let us know what you think about Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival 2013-2015 . Write a comment to us and we’ll review it and share it. Thank you!
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
Death and the Maiden – Schubert – String Quartet performed at Prelude Chamber Music Camp 2011 hosted at Bolles. Features Michael Helvey (from Gainesville) & Edward Latimer on Violin, Darryl Manley on Viola, and Tim Stephen on Cello.
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?
“My son has gone to Prelude Chamber Music Camp every summer since he was 8 years old. He is now 14. It has always been a wonderful experience for him. He has made lasting friendships and recieved excellent instruction. He looks forward to attending prelude every summer,” Mom, Thrift (January 2014).
“We’ve been fans of Prelude Chamber Music Camp for 6 years! The camp has been a staple of our summer activities. They have something for everyone, from my 7 year-old beginning violinist to my 14 year-old advanced violist. Beginners grow beautifully as musicians in a supportive and encouraging environment while advanced players enjoy challenging repertoire and are expertly guided by some of the best professionals in the area. There’s plenty of time for friends and fun with enriching elective activities such as guitar, chorus, and fiddling. We’re incredibly fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our own backyard!,” Mom, Remmer (January 2014).
Please take a moment to hear and see a little about what we do through the Look & Listen link. There you can hear a little music and see some images and video from our summer music camp program.
Two things in life that must be experienced whole heartedly are music and eating. We’d love to see your ideas on dinner plans, coffee or other fine sipping moments paired with your choice of Yummy Music to Eat!
Some days are just ordinary days of music, school, work, eat some dinner, hours of practice and an easy slumber. But then, there are those times when we just feel the moment so clearly or we’re so disturbed we have to act. We feel breathless and free or as heavy as the earth and we just can’t help but share the love. Sharing the love is what we do to pass it on and make someone else’s day a little brighter, more moody or just shake things up a bit.
We all know that each of us has a place or two in mind that you might like to play at, whether invited or just an impromptu passing moment that flashes before you now and again. Tell us about it. We’ll be surprised to read about these moments however grand, quaint or completely unimaginable they may be. And who knows…we might even be able to make a few wishes come true. The rest we’ll leave for you and your imagination.
“Theory and composition are an important part of the camp. All musicians need to know theory and Prelude offers all levels of theory from the fundamentals to advanced. When they have reached this level they can move on up to the composition class taught by Dr. Peter MacDonald. He is an innovative teacher and has helped students to go beyond their regular ways of thinking about music and composition. He uses all styles of music and encourages personal expression within given parameters. It is very fulfilling to hear your original composition played at the end-of-the-week concert. These performances are fresh and help the kids to stay abreast of new music.” Ria Falkner, Staff, October 2013
“The Prelude Chamber Music camp was an important part of my musical upbringing. It introduced me and many other young students to the wonderful world of summer music festivals.
Summer music festivals are some of the most interesting and exciting times in an advanced musician’s life. They offer the musician a chance to meet and make music with new friends and to receive intense instruction from many different master musicians. They bring an international cast of students and faculty together to play in orchestras and perform chamber music together in small groups. Even though the students that attend Prelude Chamber Music camp are for the most part too young to be able to experience these kinds of international music festivals they still deserve to enjoy music in the same manner. Prelude Chamber Music provides the perfect setting for young musicians and is the only organization in Jacksonville that can offer this kind of intense musical summer experience.
I remember my many years at Prelude Chamber Music very fondly. I made many new friends in the ensembles at Prelude Chamber Music, and the faculty of great local musicians were incredibly helpful and friendly. I played in many chamber groups and also played in the string orchestra, but I never felt pressured from competitiveness.
I am now just about to obtain my master’s degree in violin performance and am traveling to England and Japan this summer to play music in wonderful international music festivals, but I will always remember Prelude Chamber Music as being my first stepping stone,”
John Henry Kruer, Violinist (May 2013).