July 8 - 26, 2019

Week 1

July 8-12

Week 2

July 15-19

Week 3

July 22-26

June 15th Registration Deadline
Early Bird Discount until May 20th

Cello Camp with Morag Northey is celebrating it’s fifteenth year of providing magical summer string learning experiences for cellists of all ages and stages.

Musician’s abilities develop at exciting rates in the highly motivating atmosphere that is created by working with like-minded peers in a positive, instructional, relaxed, fun and creative setting. Given the chance to focus and receive constant pedagogical support, learning new, or polishing former solo pieces, complimented by a varied range of ensemble repertoire, is exciting!

My aim is to inspire students through healthy result-oriented learning that moves their playing forward with ease. Friendships are built and strengthened while attending rehearsals, masterclasses, theory sessions, daily nature excursions, mind-focusing and stretching exercises and sharing delicious meals prepared by families with vibrant round table conversation and smiles!

Dive in! Sing through your instrument as you discover, express, and collaborate with your friends to move beyond what you believed you were capable…

I look forward to working and playing with you this summer!

Truly,

Morag

 

“Morag is one of the most passionate, unique, sensitive and expressive musicians I have ever encountered in all my years. I came to her to study the cello and my eyes were opened up to new worlds of possibilities in music practice and performance born first from inner peace. When you hear her cello voice, you will be truly touched.”

– Bruce Hildesheim, B. Mus., Juilliard School

WEEK 1:  July 8-12

CAMP A

Early Bird Gets the Worm
Technique Camp

Cost: $100
Daily: 7:00 – 8:30 am

Designed for cellists working on two, three and four octave scale and arpeggios. We will study select études to see bow technique sparkle! This camp will continue with early morning technical diligence, to include newcomers and also continue on from the first week of camp for those registered for both weeks (results are amazing!)

CAMP B

Head Start

Ages: 5-12
Cost: $400
Daily: 9 am – 5:00 pm
Recital: July 12

This camp is designed for intermediate to advanced players wishing to get a head start on the upcoming year’s technique and repertoire. Morag will meet with each student to design and help implement their plan. Each day, students will work on scales and arpeggios with rhythm and bow games, attend an unaccompanied Bach class which includes focused memory work, as well as mini lessons which end in a solo repertoire masterclass. There will also be improvisatory and creative work on extended techniques.

Each day ends with small and large ensemble chamber music. There will be opportunities for gentle stretching and mind-focusing exercises, nature walks and our famous community meals!

CAMP C

Adult

Ages: 18 & up
Cost: $200
Daily: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Recital: July 12

Lots of delicious chamber music and laughs!
Over the course of the week, adults will learn chamber pieces while being instructed by Morag in a masterclass setting.

Breaks are made extra lovely as we pitch in to make a potluck table of treats!

“Morag is an inspiration! Her ability to motivate and encourage students is so refreshing. One can really tell that she loves the children and has a real passion for what she does. We love to sit in her studio and observe her working her magic with other students when we get to lessons early. We enjoy it so much that we have often said that we could be flies on her wall all day listening to all the wisdom and teaching that she has to impart! We look forward to lessons every week and it is a reprieve at the end of a long week!”

– Melissa Chung

WEEK 2:  July 15-19

CAMP D

Early Bird Technique
Part II

Cost: $100
Daily: 7:00 – 8:30 am

A technique camp designed for cellists working on two, three and four-octave scales and arpeggios.

We will also study etudes to see bow technique sparkle! This camp will continue with early morning technical diligence to include newcomers and also continue on from the first week of camp. Results are amazing!

CAMP E

Head Start

Ages: 8-17
Cost: $200
Daily: 9 am – 5:00 pm
Recital: July 19

This camp is designed for intermediate to advanced players wishing to get a head start on the upcoming year’s technique and repertoire. Morag will meet with each student to design and help implement their plan. Each day, students will work on scales and arpeggios with rhythm and bow games, attend an unaccompanied Bach class which includes focused memory work, as well as mini lessons which end in a solo repertoire masterclass. There will also be improvisatory and creative work on extended techniques.

Each day ends with small and large ensemble chamber music. There will be opportunities for gentle stretching and mind-focusing exercises, nature walks and our famous community meals!

CAMP F

Adult

Ages: 18 & up
Cost: $200
Daily: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Recital: July 19

You will love this evening camp  which dishes out lots of delicious chamber music, learning and laughs. Over the week, adult cellists learn chamber pieces under Morag’s instruction. Many adults have continued with the second week of camp after experiencing the first, so a very different week 2 program was created. The aim is to elevate your playing techniques such as rhythm, intonation, tone clarity, articulation and expressive elements such as vibrato, dynamics, style, timbre and phrasing.

Breaks are extra lovely as we share potluck snacks, drinks and conversation – this camp is a true table of treats!

WEEK 3:  July 22-26

CAMP G

Head Start (intermediate to advanced)

Ages: 12 & up
Cost: $100
Daily: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Recital: July 26

This camp is designed for intermediate to advanced  players wishing to get a head start on the upcoming year’s technique and repertoire. Morag will meet with each student to design and help implement their plan. 

Opportunities to work on spoken word, composition, poetry, improvisation, extended techniques, voice and songwriting projects are also possible. Based on enrolment, our day will end up with a group collaboration. There will be opportunities for gentle stretching, mind-focusing meditation, nature walks, and our amazing community meals!

CAMP REQUIREMENTS

Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up.

  • Students are asked to bring:
  • Cello & Bow
  • Cello Chair
  • Rockstop
  • Rosin
  • Low wire music stand
  • Music
  • Yoga mat and blanket
  • Exercise wear and running shoes
  • Sun & bug spray
  • Medications, epi-pens
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sun protection
  • Rain and wind-proof jackets
  • A Smile

LUNCH AND SNACKS

Participants are asked to rotate healthy meals and snacks. A schedule will be provided a week before the camps begin. Allergies are taken into consideration regarding our ‘family-style’ meal preparation. Morag will organize these meals in advance with parents.

PAYMENT AND FEES

All applications must be submitted by June 15th with a non-refundable deposit of $100.00.

Interested in more summer cello fun?

Join Morag at Island Mountain Arts Cello & Harp Camp

August 19-23

This camp takes place in the neatest little art-hub mining town of Wells, B.C.
Join us for an intensive cello camp which includes workshops with harp and cello ensemble.

Registration deadline: June 15.