Music Center picks up the tempo at Camp Adagio
Adagio, it means “slow tempo.” Camp Adagio, however, isn’t slow at all. For the past four years, Middlebury Community Music Center has offered a week-long day camp program to music lovers ages 8 and up. And they stay busy.
Each day, the campers practice in two coached chamber music sessions, have daily choral and yoga instruction, and get individual instruction from one of the seven coaches — Sadie Brightman (director of MCMC), Emily Sundereman, Ali Gibson, Cynthia Huard, Jillian Reed, Simon Broucke and new this year Bear Irwin (manager of the Vermont Jazz Ensemble).
In between the music, they take field trips to the Middlebury College Art Museum and Music Library. In the past, Camp Adagio has watched (and joined) George Matthew, Jr. play the carillon; toured the Mead Chapel organ with Emory Fanning; researched special music manuscript collections with librarian Joy Pile; and explored quantum physics and sound with Professor Noah Graham. This year, Camp Adagio did an improv workshop with college music librarian, Joe Antonioli.
“We are very grateful to Middlebury College professors and staff who have worked with our children over the year,” said Brightman.
“In addition to the awesome field trips and chamber music, the campers have developed a new way to play croquet in the back yard at the school,” Brightman explained. “And we were (nearly) able to convince some of the new bridge workers to join us in a wild and intense wiffleball game. We play ping pong and board games and also dive into interesting art projects Emily dreams up… Ali inspires singing each day in harmonies, rounds and with original lyrics. And, oh yes, each day we have a popsicle break in the afternoon.”
The first Friday in August marked the final day of Camp Adagio this year. The students and faculty celebrated with a final performance at St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Middlebury.
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