About the Camp: 

The York Symphony Orchestra will hold its 20th Annual Summer Music Camp, “My Opus Magnum” at Logos Academy in York the week of July 27-31, 2020. The camp will offer youth musicians in grades 3 through 12 immersion in the composition process, learning about harmony, melody, counterpoint and rhythm as they compose their very own musical work.
The camp emphasizes a hands-on creative approach with group instruction on individual keyboards and computer software as well as individual coaching through the songwriting process. Students will be divided into two sessions: Beginning Composition and Advanced Composition. The cost is $110 per student.
Highly qualified instructors will offer level specific instruction and will creatively guide elementary to high school students through the process of composing a masterwork all their own. 
Camp will conclude with a performance of each students composition and a pizza party. Each student will also receive two vouchers to a York Symphony Concert. Students of all levels of ability are encouraged to attend; however, it is suggested that they have some private lesson experience with the instrument of their choice.

Camp Dates and Deadlines:

When: Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, 2020
Classes: Beginning Composition 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday –Thursday
                Advanced Composition 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday –Thursday
                All Composers Performance & Pizza Party 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday
Where: Logos Academy (250 W. King Street, York, PA; FREE parking)
Cost: $110 per student
Apply: Download  Application 2020
               Email application and payment to: eshinn@yorksymphony.org
               Mail the application and payment to: My Opus Magnum, 50 N. George Street, York, PA 17401
Deadline: July 20, 2020

Level Guidelines: Beginning vs. Advanced 

Students will be divided into two sessions: Beginning Composition in the morning and Advanced Composition in the afternoon. 
Instructor Chris Whittaker’s guideline:  “A good rule would be if your child has composed a piece on his or her own recently, without direct supervision or guidance, they would be suited for the advance group.  I’m generally thinking the age for the advanced group will start around 13, though there will be some exceptions.  If the student is older, more advanced at their instrument, and has had some music theory instruction, then they would also be suited for the advanced group. If writing down their musical ideas is something new, they have had little music theory instruction, and are beginning at an instrument as well, I would put them in the beginner group.” If you are still unsure, feel free to contact us directly at eshinn@yorksymphony.org and we will put you in contact with Chris for further discussion.

Instructor Bios:

Chris Whittaker, Head Instructor

Chris Whittaker’s musical language of classical, jazz, and gospel music melds genres and brings people together.  Chris is the co-founder and Music Director of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, a non-profit performing arts organization committed to engaging the community through free concerts and educational programming. He serves as Music Director for Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Upper Manhattan, an assistant conductor for Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and is also the founding Music Director of Marble Collegiate Church’s “Jazz Revelation” worship service. As composer, his music has been performed throughout the United States. Chris studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and Stuart Malina. His composition teachers include Philip Lasser, Christopher Theofanidis, and Nicholas Maw. Chris lives in New York City.  Hear more at Chris’ website.

Matt Monticchio, Assistant Instructor

Matt Monticchio is a musician, composer, pianist, music director and music teacher living and working in the Central Pennsylvania area. Matt grew up surrounded by pop music, rock, hip-hop, R&B, jazz and classical music and still loves, studies and plays in all of these musical traditions. Matt graduated with a music degree in 1998 from West Chester University and from the Peabody Conservatory in 2001 with a composition degree. He has taught theory, improvisation, composition, music history and piano both at the college level and privately as well as in public and homeschool organizations. He served as music director at Wheatland Church in Lancaster, PA from 2000 to 2010. During those years Matt formed Pageant Music as a way to bring church musicians, writers and artists together in creative collaborations. In the fall of 2010 Matt was hired by Second City Church in Harrisburg, PA to direct music and be a part of the city church ministry there. Now he and his wife Becky and their three children call Harrisburg home. As a composer and piano improviser, Matthew has joined with many colleagues in the Philadelphia and Lancaster areas to produce concerts and recordings. He has also played in countless jazz trios and quartets, a new music ensemble he formed called Sphere and a handful of creative singer/songwriter groups. Currently he plays in the group the Go Particle which vacillates between an improvising atmospheric acoustic trio and an electro-acoustic sound sculpture ensemble. Matt also teaches upper school music at Logos Academy in York, PA.

For questions, contact Erik Shinn at call 717-825-2249 or eshinn@yorksymphony.org.