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The Music camp is aimed at teenagers between 15-17 years old who would like to expand their musical training and learning. Led by British star-conductor Daniel Harding, as a member of the new Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, you will rehearse and perform alongside talented young instrumentalists from all over the world and dive into the fascinating Verbier Festival experience.

World-Class Musical Training

Known worldwide for the high quality of its music education initiatives, in 2013 the Verbier Festival founded Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Each year young musicians aged 15-17 years are invited to Verbier to be part of this incredible experience, further their musical education and be part of the Verbier Festival experience.

Throughout their three week stay in Verbier, students receive fun and challenging high-quality tuition from world-renowned musicians acting as tutors. The culmination of the hard work and training of the young musicians is a number of performances as part of the Verbier Festival itself.

 
The Verbier Festival Music Camp, alongside the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy (created in 1994), the Verbier Festival Orchestra (created in 2000), and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (created in 2004), has set standards of excellence, creativity and innovation in music education worldwide. With this new talent development programme, the Verbier Festival reaffirms its commitment to the next generation, offering even younger musicians a first-rate stepping stone towards a successful music career.

Experience a Fun-Filled Summer

Besides orchestral training, music camp students will have the opportunity to explore the many leisure and sporting activities on offer in this stunning alpine setting.

Students live in chalets up in the beautiful alpine town of Verbier, and each evening a variety of sport, leisure or team activities are on offer as part of the camp experience.  There is also time in the evening for relaxing with new friends in the chalet or the garden, time to practice their instruments or to catch up with family back at home.

One of the other great experiences for all the students is the opportunity to attend Verbier Festival concerts or rehearsals in the evenings, and be truly part of the Verbier Festival experience.

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It is hoped that every student will achieve the following goals while on the music camp and as a member of the Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra.

Goals of the Music Camp

  • Progress both individually and as part of a group
  • Receive invaluable insight into the life of an orchestra
  • Learn through orchestra rehearsals, sectional coaching, chamber music study and private lessons, while studying chamber music and symphonic repertoire
  • Publically perform on stage of the Verbier Festivals main concert hall as part of the Festival
  • Enjoy a fun and memorable music camp including fun evening activities
  • Make lasting friendships with like-minded young people from around the world

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The Music Camp schedule is designed each year by the Festival around the performance targets and schedule for the Youth Orchestra. Tuition is normally delivered 6 days a week, with one day per week off to relax, during which students will take part in a group excursion or activity with their fellow campers.

An Average Day

The below schedule is an example of an average day on the music camp, but please note times may vary.

08.00AM – Breakfast in the chalet
08.30AM – Travel to Le Chable
09.00AM – Warm up, practice and sectional rehearsals
12.30PM – Lunch
1.30PM – Orchestra Rehearsals
4.30PM – Travel from Le Chable to Verbier
4.45PM – Free Time
6.30PM – Dinner in Chalet
7.15PM – Evening Activity eg. Tennis / Swimming
9.00PM – Free time for games / movie etc.
11.00PM – Lights Out

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Our Chalets

Our Music Camp chalets are all located within a few minutes walk from the centre of Verbier, and are traditional Swiss alpine-style chalets with a ‘home away from home’ feel.

Each of our chalets welcomes up to 15 participants in dormitory style rooms sleeping between 2 and 6 campers, complete with single occupancy beds, shared bathrooms and fully equipped common spaces for shared activities.

Whereas the chalets will house participants of both sexes, each room will be an exclusively single-sex area. Towels, sheets, pillows, and a duvet will also be provided for each camper.

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Each of our chalets are  permanently staffed by qualified live-in “leaders” who coordinate breakfast and dinner in the chalet, coordinate evening activities and excursions, supervise campers free-time in the chalets and ensure that camp expectations and curfews are respected.

 

Meal Times

The Music Camp believes in the importance of a nutritious, healthy diet, and each chalet has a chef who prepares each evening meal. All meals are prepared using fresh, local products, and breakfast and dinner are served in the chalets in a family-style with the team leader.

Lunch is a buffet-style meal offered at the canteen of the Collège where students will rehearse daily. Special needs and dietary restrictions will be respected throughout each participant’s stay.

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The Music Camp 2016 is running from 10th – 31st July 2016  

Students for the music camp are chosen through an application process run by the Verbier Festival.

For more information on the application process, please refer to their website here.

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