Raven Strings Summer Camp
Dates: June 25-29, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Age: Rising 3rd-8th Grades
Location: Ravenscroft Fine Arts Center
Program Description: This program is designed for campers to receive instruction in the techniques of orchestral and small ensemble playing. Rehearsals focus on developing technique, rhythm, pitch, phrasing and leadership. The camp is project-driven, and student work culminates with an informal recital at the conclusion of the week. Time will be scheduled for snack outside (Weather permitting). All instructors are experienced strings teachers, as well as, professional performers.
*Please Note: Participants are required to have at least one full year of string instrument study through string class, private lessons or orchestra. The camp is open to all children, not just current Ravenscroft students.
What to Bring: Campers are required to bring their own instrument and should bring a snack daily.
Amber Hitchcock told her mother she was going to be a music teacher when she started taking private violin lessons at the age of six. She studied violin, viola, flute, and piano as a child and went on to graduate summa cum laude from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree. In November 2007, she received her Master of Music at Concordia University, Wisconsin. Ms. Hitchcock has been teaching private violin and viola since 1988 and has taught at Ravenscroft School since 1995. Currently, she teaches all of the Lower School Group Strings, is the Conductor of the Lower School Orchestra and teaches in the private lessons program at Ravenscroft. She has played with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and is principal 2nd violinist with the Tar River Symphony. She also sings soprano in many area choirs.
Anne Leyland, a native of Pensacola, Florida, began her violin studies at the age of six with Anna Tringas, a former pupil of the late Ivan Galamian. She continued her studies at the Meadowmount School of Music, Louisiana State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Carnegie - Mellon University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree with honors. Among her teachers was the late Fritz Siegal, former Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Leyland has performed as soloist with the Pensacola Symphony, Ft. Myers Symphony, Congress of Strings Orchestra, and the Louisiana State University Orchestra. She has performed as first violinist in numerous orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and the Charleston Symphony. As a free-lance performer, she was first violinist with the Pittsburgh based Mezzanine String Quartet. Ms. Leyland currently is a violinist with the North Carolina Opera, is the Concertmaster of both the Durham and Tar River Symphonies, and Principal Second violin of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Among her faculty appointments have been positions with Chatham College and Arts in the Parks in Pittsburgh. She is the Instructor of Violin at Saint Mary’s School, where she also directs the String Ensemble, and at Ravenscroft she is an Artist in Residence and teaches in the private lessons program. In addition to enjoying performing with her husband, Nathan, she has an active family life with their two boys, Sean and Max, and six cats.
Pamela Kelly received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors in Violin Performance in 1981, as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from UNC-CH in 1983, during which time she was a Graduate Assistant in Violin. Her teachers include David Cerone, Aaron Rosand, Elaine Richey (assistant to Ivan Galamian), Richard Luby, and her mother, Joanne Bath. Currently employed by Ravenscroft School (Raleigh,NC), Mrs. Kelly works as both the Director/Conductor of String Ensembles for Middle and Upper School, as well as a Strings Instructor in the Ravenscroft Private Lessons Program. With experience in teaching violin, viola, cello, and bass, to pre-schoolers through college students, Mrs. Kelly has taught now for over four decades. Between 1983 and 2011, she developed the Suzuki Program at Meredith College (Raleigh, NC), was Director of Strings at Campbell University, and founded the Cape Fear Valley School of Violin (Dunn, NC) in 1983, which just celebrated its 33rd annual recital under her continued direction. An active clinician and adjudicator at regional and national workshops, competitions, camps, and institutes, Mrs. Kelly has been a faculty member at the NC Suzuki Institute since 1983, the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute since 2014.and the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp at Meredith College since 2015. As a violinist, Mrs. Kelly has extensive freelance experience, performing with Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and over 30 years with the North Carolina Symphony. Mrs. Kelly is former concertmaster of North Carolina Theatre, Raleigh Symphony, and Durham Symphony, and is presently concertmaster for the Sandhills Sinfonietta. A resident of Dunn, Mrs. Kelly is married and has three grown children.