Oh, the camp life. I had forgotten what a wonderful time summer is for artistic endeavors. I’ve participated in various summer music “things” (horn camp, chamber music camp, brass quintet camp, horn/piano/vocal chamber music camp….yes, ultra nerdy and ultra fun!). However, since those formative camps, summer has been forever linked with music/the arts in my mind. Being completely surrounded by the arts is a funny and interesting experience. It is amazing too — being literally inundated with these talented, dedicated and YOUNG kids. It’s exciting to know they’ll develop into amazing artists. It is funny because everyone is so absorbed in their own routine that you’d think they wouldn’t be able to relate to each other or have an ounce of empathy, but they do! Sure there are petty disagreements along the way, but everyone has the same goal in mind—to make something beautiful that people with various backgrounds can enjoy. Even though the kids are trying to play it cool and obviously want to have fun along the way, I know they’ll look back on this experience and be really proud of themselves and really value this summer for everything they learned. Anyways, off to rehearsal!