The Summer School Camerata is an ideal first ensemble experience for young string players, and for those who want to build their confidence surrounded by new friends. MYO alumna and string dynamo, Shanthi Charrett, will give participants a memorable week of musical experiences.
This is a unique program, unlike any other in Victoria, where our team of tutors work all week with their section and lead daily tutorial sessions, giving each student individual attention and support.
In addition to ensemble participation, students will attend a range of voice, rhythm and games workshops to encourage the creative, social and fun aspects of music. Above all, the Camerata is a great way to make new friends from all over Victoria.
|STANDARD||AMEB Grade 1-2|
|AGE||7 years +|
|INSTRUMENTS||Violin, viola, cello, double bass.|
NOTE: Before applying, please see important information for parents and teachers below.
Shanthi Charrett has been the Head of Strings at Haileybury since 2007. Her position at Haileybury encompasses the coordination of the String Program across the school’s three campuses from Year 2 to VCE. This role also includes the direction of numerous ensembles. Shanthi also supervises VCE Group Performance and Music Investigations chamber ensembles. Prior to this, some of her school positions have included: Coordinating the String Program at Fintona Girls’ School, Head of Strings at Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School-Morris Hall, String Teacher at Lauriston Girls School and Head of Strings at Geelong Grammar School-Glamorgan.
Shanthi has conducted ensembles in numerous Melbourne Youth Orchestras Summer Schools, Victorian State Music Camps, Geelong Summer Music Camp, and was the conductor for the Melbourne Youth Orchestras Henri Touzeau Strings for four years. She is also regularly invited to assess string students and direct ensemble workshops at schools in and around Melbourne.
FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS: Students need to be independent in the management of their instrument and should be competent using the first fundamental finger pattern in first position from the open string in G, D and A major tonalities. Violinists and viola players will be expected to use 4th finger. Some experience with basic shifting to harmonics and exposure to 3rd positions is required.
Students need experience with a range of bowing styles and articulations e.g. legato, detache, staccato, retakes as well as right and left hand pizzicato.
Importantly all students are required to possess music reading skills that support the above technical and musical parameters.
AMEB levels indicated are not a formal requirement, but are provided as a guide to the skills required.