Stanford – Suzuki Camp Aug7-Aug11 2016
by Olivia Keenan
On Saturday the 7th August my mum, Corinne and I arrived with our good friends, the Roths (Avery, Sloane and mum Monique) at Stanford University, California. The Roth family used to live in Hong Kong and attended our Violin Suzuki school, but moved back to LA a few years ago. It was great seeing them again. They also attended this Stanford Suzuki Camp last year so we decided to go together this year.
We stayed in dorms and went for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the cafeteria. Each day we attended a number of classes – Orchestra, Master Class, Musicianship, Jazz, Technique and Repertoire).
In Master Class, all the parents attended and wrote down notes about what we needed to work on. We worked on Bow hold and posture; and each of us performed a current piece.
In Musicianship, we wrote down key signatures and scales; so it was mostly writing and reading music. We also played short pieces and worked on scales.
In Technique, we reviewed pieces and worked on teqnique and focused on a piece called, ‘’Ausinn and Nicolette’’.
In Repertoire we worked on our current and recent pieces, and on perfecting each piece until they sounded perfect.
There would also be Honors Recitals each day at break. These were kids who were selected to perform a polished piece.
My favorite classes were Technique and Orchestra. I liked Technique as the teacher (Brook Moes) was nice and funny, and we played pieces that I enjoyed. I liked Orchestra because the teacher (Kirstin Marshall) was fun and enthusiastic, and I like how she made up ‘Joke Day’ on the last day we where together.
Suzuki camp was great and I liked meeting new people and making new friends. I met a British family – Humphrey was my age (11) and Cecily who is 9. Their mom was very nice too. We spent most of the camp together with the Roths. My stand partner in Orchestra became a good friend too. Her name was Nesiya and she was 7. She was excellent at violin and was chosen to play in the Honors recitals. Her mom was nice as well, and Nesiya made me a bracelet so I could remember her. We also met Ms Adriana (our old Cello teacher). It was great seeing her again!
In the evenings there were concert performances – some solos and duets. My jazz teacher, Mads Tolling and his piano friend, Dan Zemelman performed one night and I thought it was really cool.
On a free evening we went off campus with the Roths, Humphrey and Cecily for Pizza and also visited this great store called ‘Paper Source’. I loved this store as it has so many interesting things like Irish spray (You spray it in your mouth and you talk Irish) or Mood Nail polish. (You put the nail polish on and it changes to the color of your mood). Avery and I bought a pink heart necklace (like friendship necklaces) and following this we went to great book store. Avery and Sloane bought a few things, so did Cecily. Most of the time there, Avery and I read blurbs from books and it was pretty funny. After pizza, Humphrey’s family left and the Roth’s and us went to a yummy ice-cream store. I loved the ice-cream!
On the final day we performed in a Grand concert which included everyone’ groups. The Cellos were first, then the Violas and then the Violins. It went from book 1/2/3 to book 8. Corinne performed in the Sibling group which was made of books 1,2 and 3. My friends and I were next followed by Avery and book 6 and beyond. After these performances we played our Jazz class pieces. Our piece was “Watermelon Man”. Following this were the Orchestra pieces. My pieces were “Nightshift” and “Fiddle Finger Frenzy’’.
After the concert was over we had to say goodbye to everyone. It was sad to say good bye but we all exchanged emails so we hope to keep in touch.
I really liked this camp and I hope to go again in the next few years. I loved the classes, it really inspired me to be a better violinist. It was such a good opportunity I was given. I hope my other violin friends will go here in the future!
Thank you Stanford Suzuki Camp!