Adult amateur musicians — Apply for Minnesota Orchestra’s 2011 Fantasy Camp

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For those who have ever dreamed of playing with the Minnesota Orchestra, there is now a way to do just that!

This year, for the first time ever, the Minnesota Orchestra is offering adult amateur musicians the chance to participate in a unique immersion experience at Orchestra Hall.

The Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp, which runs Sept. 15-16, gives amateur musicians the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Minnesota Orchestra — playing side by side with Orchestra musicians onstage at Orchestra Hall — and to participate in a range of backstage activities with Orchestra musicians and staff, including two rehearsals and breakout sessions with Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of pops and presentations.

The experience culminates in a live performance, surrounded by the best of the best at a major concert venue in front of your family, friends and over 2,000 other guests!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Fantasy Camp, so submit yours now!

No audition is necessary. Up to 50 applicants will be selected based upon essay submissions, musical training and background, current involvement in musical activities and instrumentation needed.

Repertoire — Fantasy Camp participants will perform Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. Download the part for your instrument from the righthand column of the Fantasy Camp homepage. Participants will be responsible for having their parts rehearsal-ready by Thursday, Sept. 15.

Apply now to be part of this illuminating two-day experience at Orchestra Hall — from backstage to onstage!

The application deadline for the Minnesota Orchestra Fantasy Camp is Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

Applicants will be notified by Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, and will be asked to confirm their participation with a $50 deposit by Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. Final payment will be due Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.

For more information on the application process, fees and accommodations, click here.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Sue Halligan on 08/04/2011 - 03:35 pm.

    This would be sort of nifty for part-time musicians like my daughter the cello player, if it weren’t for the $500 entrance fee. Really? $500?

  2. Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/04/2011 - 03:58 pm.

    Rock Camp for Dads is a heck of a lot more fun (and cheaper, too).

  3. Submitted by N. Krevans on 08/04/2011 - 09:51 pm.

    $500 may seem steep, but it includes 10 tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra concert where the fantasy campers will perform. (Only the one number in the concert includes the campers, the rest is a regular season concert.) And the amateurs will get two days working with top-notch classical musicians–who charge $75 an hour and up for private lessons.

    I think it sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, my violin and I divorced in junior high, citing irreconcilable differences.

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