Cazadero Music Camp offers a music curriculum designed to help students advance their musical skill. Individual mentoring combined with several hours a day of group instruction helps students fine-tune their playing ability. Our unique Caz curriculum produces exceptional results for students year in and year out.
Musicians participate in one of three major ensembles: Orchestra, Concert Band, or Jazz Ensemble. Led by a new guest conductor each week, major ensembles rehearse twice two to three times a day for 60-90 minutes, preparing for their final performance. Students are given several pieces of music to learn during the week. While some initially doubt they'll be able to master the repertoire, students discover they are capable of rising to the challenge!
Jazz band participation is by audition only and limited to one week in the two-week sessions. Jazz band instrumentation normally consists of trumpet, trombone, saxophones, and rhythm section (bass, guitar, piano, and drums). A Jazz Workshop elective is available for any and all instruments and performs at camper ensemble night.
Cazadero offers piano as a primary instrument and as an elective in all sessions. Piano Program students receive individual coaching, and play solo, in duets, and in chamber ensembles. Campers who want to participate in the piano program are required to submit a video recording of their playing in advance of their arrival at camp so we can choose appropriate music for their playing level. An additional $125 piano lab fee applies. Learn more about the Cazadero Piano Program here.
Guitar is available as a primary instrument and elective in the Middle School, Junior high and High School Sessions. Working primarily on acoustic instruments, guitar students play solo, in guitar ensembles, and in mixed chamber ensembles. Learn more about the Cazadero Guitar Program here.
"One of my favorite things about Cazadero is how everyone speaks the same language. Not the language of English, Spanish, or French, but the language of music."
Christina, 2009 Camper