Eastman New Horizons Orchestra Camp at Keuka

June 3 – 6, 2018 / Sunday–Wednesday / Keuka College Campus                                             

Music Director: Alexander Peña, Director, Eastman Community Music School New Horizons Orchestra

Edie Shillitoe, Director, Salt City New Horizons Orchestra, Past-President, NY American String Teachers Association

Herb Smith, 3rd Trumpet RPO, Trumpet Professor and director of Jazz Bands at RIT

Michael Wheatley, Asst. Conductor, Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra


Spend three days making music and enjoying leisure time with new and old New Horizons friends on the shores of Keuka Lake, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and vineyards.  This orchestra camp is designed for adult string players of varying ability as well as for a limited number of adult woodwind, brass, and percussion players performing at an intermediate skill level or higher. Rehearsal sessions will consist of full orchestra, string orchestra, sectionals, and classes of special interests.  An informal “concert” will conclude the camp on Wednesday morning.

Participants and their guests can fill their free time kayaking, enjoying winery tours, visiting the Curtis Wright Museum, or hiking in beautiful Watkins Glen (admission to local attractions is not included in camp fees).  The camp begins with registration early Sunday afternoon and finishes with lunch on Wednesday.  The first meal is dinner on Sunday.

Enrollment is for all strings (violin, viola, cello, and bass), woodwinds (flute, oboe, English horn, bassoon, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet), orchestral brass (Bb trumpet, F horn, trombone, tuba) and percussion.  The number of woodwinds, brass and percussion will be limited to balance the orchestra.  Musicians are requested to answer some brief questions regarding experience, particularly in orchestra settings. 

Deadline to Register: May 11

Housing and Meals

HousingParticipants wishing to stay on-campus may reserve rooms in the following locations:

  • Harrington Residence Hall (air-conditioned; elevator) – 1) single rooms with two twin beds and private bath; 2) two single rooms sharing a bath (Chautauqua-style); 3) corner suite of 2 bedrooms and 1 shared bath.
  • Space Hall Dormitory (non-air conditioned dormitory; all rooms on ground floor) – single or double rooms with bathrooms down the hall.
  • Strong Apartments (air conditioned; 2-3 stories with steps, no elevator) – individual apartments on the lake with two bedrooms.  Note: These are about a 10 – 15 min walk from dining hall.  It is possible to drive between the apartments and a parking lot close to rehearsal spaces.

Note:  Some on-campus housing options are limited.  When registering for on-campus housing, indicate your 1st and 2nd choices in the space provided.  We will do all that we can to assign campers to their first choice.  Hint – register early!  Sharing housing with one or more campers reduces cost and significantly increases the likelihood of obtaining your first choice.

Meals Meals begin Sunday night with dinner and end Wednesday with lunch.  The meal package provides a total of 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.

Registration for the camp is open. To see the fee schedule and housing options, click here for the Registration Form.  Registration will close when capacity has been reached or no later than May 11

Cancellation Policy: Refunds for cancellations on or before May 11, 2018 will be honored less a service charge of $50.00 per person. There will be no refund on cancellations after May 11, 2018. To be sure that your cancellation request is received, send an email to community@esm.rochester.edu.

Click HERE to register