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A question often posed to us by parents, donors and others: Are there tangible benefits from the Caz experience for kids? Providing an environment where young musicians are nurtured and inspired is our goal at Cazadero. We see these goals realized at the end of each session, evident in the remarkable learning that takes place in each child at camp, in the inspired student performances throughout each session and in the heartfelt evaluations written by the young musicians themselves.
But the Caz camp experience is about more than just musical growth. In addition to the more than five hours of practice and rehearsal each day, our campers get to experience the simple but profound joys of camp - of being outdoors, playing sports, exploring nature, taking part in campfires and crazy songs and skits, making new friends, and sleeping under the stars. There are no cell phones, computers, or televisions. Visit Caz and you will find young people immersed in a musical and personal discovery of physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth.
Violinist Kay Stern and pianist Joan Nagano, two extraordinarily talented classical musicians, will be performing a very special benefit concert for Cazadero Performing Arts Camp on Sunday, May 2nd, at 3 PM in Berkeley.
Stern, the Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1994, has many television and radio appearances under her belt including PBS's Live from Lincoln Center, and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Stern's touch on violin has been described as "graceful, precise, alternately subtle and powerful, loaded with extraordinary technique and sweet, pure tones."
Internationally acclaimed pianist Joan Nagano has been the focus of programs heard on KQED and KPFA-FM, and elsewhere. Nagano's command of the piano is "exceptional, and she flawlessly glides through both delicate nuance and thundering passages with ease." The Stern-Nagano musical partnership is a joy to behold.
Welcome to Cazadero summer 2010! The staff and I cannot wait until you arrive for your session so we can do what we do best - make music in this wonderful place that has been an inspiration for so many staff and students over generations. This summer we have a truly awesome group of conductors who are looking forward to coming to Caz to work with our remarkable music students. Some of these conductors are new to Cazadero, some are familiar faces, and some are returning after an absence but have been able to work Cazadero back into their schedule, and for that we are grateful.
Rachel Willis is an eighth grader, an avid cello player, and a very big fan of Cazadero. It runs in her family. Rachel's sister, Leah, has attended Caz for the last four years, and her mother, Ellen Winograd, was a camper and counselor at Caz years ago. Rachel's father, Gerry Willis, has also been a guest conductor at Caz in the past and will return again this summer.
Rachel took an extraordinary step this year in her support of Caz, by declining gifts at her Bat Mitzvah celebration, and requesting instead that donations be made to the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp Scholarship Fund. As a result, Rachel raised close to $2,400 for our 2010 Scholarship Fund which will fund as many as 6 scholarships for campers this summer. All of us at Caz are touched by Rachels efforts. We caught up with Rachel recently to talk to her about her love of music and of Caz.
Preparation for another fantastic Caz summer is well under way. Staff are being hired, programs are being assembled, guest conductors are being finalized, menus are being planned, and preparation and repairs to the camp facility are underway. That leaves us with filling the camp with plenty of eager, motivated and enthusiastic, bright-eyed young musicians ready for another awesome Caz experience. Each year we conduct extensive outreach to fill the camp with plenty of campers and instrumentation to fill out each ensemble, giving each session the opportunity to sparkle. This year is no different. At their fall retreat, the Board of Directors of Cazadero made camper recruitment the priority for 2010 and have embarked on an ambitious campaign to get results. Here are five ways you can help!
Cazadero is thrilled to announcethat they are arecipientofaService GrantAward from theTaprootFoundation of San Francisco for a website design. Since 2001, the Taproot Foundation has been working to transform the field of pro bono service to non-profit organizations into a national platform, leveraging top talent in support of our communities greatest needs.
Have a business that needs promoting? Have a hobby that you want to expand? Looking for a new target audience to market to?
Advertise with Cazadero! The 2010 Cazadero Music Camp Summer Concert Program has great opportunities to advertise you, your business or your hobby all while supporting a great camp. With a distribution of more than 4,000 each summer, the Summer Concert Program, with your ad in it, will be seen by parents, grandparents, family friends and neighbors from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Not only will you reach a large Bay Area audience, but you will be demonstrating your support of this beloved community program.
With great rates and full color printing the results will not disappoint. Follow the link to download a Concert Ad Form or call or email David Wagner, Executive Director at the Caz office for more information.
Download a Concert Ad Form here.
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Cazadero Performing Arts Camp
P.O. Box 7908
Berkeley, CA 94707