2020 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival

In its 26th year!

Camp is held daily, Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Advanced Level

For students with at least 3 years playing experience, generally ages 15-18 in grades 9-12.  Likely taking private lessons and at least 2-4 years experience playing in school band/orchestra. Students in these level are more familiar with taking auditions, such as district band, senior regional, youth orchestras and college auditions. 

Goal: Our goal for advanced students is to facilitate growth in the areas of musicianship and professionalism.  Students will focus on merging their technical skills with their expressive goals to further develop their inner artist.  Additionally, students will focus on the art of performing as a means of communicating these expressive goals in various performance opportunities, such as Student/Faculty Afternoon Recitals, Master Classes, Workshops, and performing advanced literature for the instrument and large ensemble.  Additional focus is placed on improving sight-reading (in preparation for District Band auditions, youth orchestra auditions and college auditions) as well as skills of playing with others (listening, blending, intonation, communication through tone, movement, and inflection). This level is extremely fast-paced, intensive, and technically demanding.  Our faculty for the advanced students are comprised of college professors, symphony musicians, local area teachers, and educators who insist on excellence through constant motivation and support of our students.  Many of these students go on to pursue music throughout high school and into college.  

Classes offered:

  • Wind ensemble
  • Chamber music and side-by-side rehearsals/performances with faculty
  • Workshops on taking auditions, performer mindset, orchestral excerpts
  • Guest artist master classes and performance opportunities
  • Intensive studio classes focused on advanced technique, musicianship and professionalism

Sample schedule

10:00-12:30 - Advanced Wind Ensemble

Between 30-50 students.  This is the most advanced class the camp offers.  The ensemble performs all Grade 6 Level of Difficulty music (out of 6) and prepares 3-4 selections for the Final Showcase Concert.  The class is very fast-paced, technically demanding and extremely musically rewarding!  Students focus on expressive shaping, and ensemble skills such as blending, intonation, stylistic nuance and communicating musical ideas with one another and to the audience.   

12:30-1:30 - Lunch.  

Students are free to interact with their friends or other faculty during this time both indoors and outdoors on Trinity Christian School's beautiful grounds! 

1:30-3:00 - Advanced Instrumental Choir

About 10-20 students on the same instrument (i.e. clarinet choir; flute choir; etc.) rehearse to prepare 1-2 selections for the Final Showcase Concert.  Music is very challenging and the focus is on building expressive ideas as a single unit, by solidifying ensemble skills related to tuning, blending and shaping 

3:00-4:00 - Activity Hour

There are several activities available to students during this final activity hour.  For middle and high school students, there are performance workshops, lectures, chamber rehearsals, recitals, master classes and presentations.  Workshop topics include instrument repair, sight reading, audition preparation, mock auditions, conducting, time management and practice tips.  

Class size: Classes are of moderate size to accommodate individual attention, but also to provide students with opportunities to explore friendships and musical relationships unique to the process of making music. Class size ranges from 10-50 students per class.  

Private lessons:  During the camp day, students will sometimes work one-on-one with faculty; however, it is encouraged that students sign up for private lessons with faculty members outside of camp hours to further develop the skills they are learning throughout the day.  These lessons can be arranged directly with the faculty members.  Private lesson fees apply and vary with each faculty member.  Students may also develop a good relationship with a particular faculty member and wish to pursue private lessons on a continuous base beyond the two-week camp.  

Performance opportunities:  Students are encouraged to perform with other students and/or faculty members during our Afternoon Student and Faculty Recitals to develop their performer skills in an informal and supportive environment.  They can play any musical selection they wish from solo 
repertoire to chamber music.  

Auditions: Students who wish to move up to the advanced level from intermediate will take an audition including scales, sight-reading and excerpts from the current camp's repertoire. 

10:00a-4:00p daily

Advanced Level - Description & Class Schedule

Please note, the schedule below is for our two-week, in-person camp.  We've left it for your reference. To view the 2020 online camp schedule, please click

 2020 Online Camp Information.