In June 2014, for the tenth time, Reaching Heights is partnering with the CH-UH school district to offer young musicians a chance to discover their own capacity to learn and grow, to strengthen their commitment to music, and to enjoy music and the rewards of the camp community. Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp’s emphasis on ensemble work in an orchestra, a chamber group, a jazz band, a
guitar choir, and a chorus is the camp’s strength. It teaches collaboration and demonstrates that a diverse group is not a problem; it’s a resource for all members to achieve at levels unimagined by many.
We know regardless of their future in music, our campers come away with great lessons for life. And the camp exemplifies that a diverse group of learners can achieve at high levels.
The 10th Annual Heights Summer Music Camp will take place June 16-21, 2014.
2014 Heights Summer Music Camp Information
Eligibility: Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp serves students enrolled in the 5th-8th grades in the 2013-14 school year who live in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district and who have at least two years experience in their school instrumental music program. Fourth graders with one year of experience and one year of private lessons may be admitted at the music director’s discretion.
Camp Hours: Mon.-Fri., June 16-20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (early drop off by arrangement) and Saturday, June 21, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Finale Concert: All campers are expected to participate in the end-of-camp concert on Saturday, June 212. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this free musical celebration that begins at 10:30 a.m.
Tuition: Camp fee is $200. Full payment is due June 16. Multi-camper families may request a $25 discount.
Financial Assistance: Tuition aid is available so that all interested musicians can attend. To request reduced tuition, submit with your application a brief statement of need and how much you can pay. Scholarships will be awarded by June 6.
Skills Assessment: All first-time campers will be scheduled for a skills assessment with the music director. Campers will take a music theory test and play scales and two pieces of music that display their playing level. This is to help with grouping.
To Apply: Submit a Music Camp Application and a $25 refundable deposit to Reaching Heights by May 15. Late application will be considered but space is limited. Mail application materials to Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp,
c/o Reaching Heights, 1991 Lee Road #106, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 or
Questions? Contact camp coordinator Betsy Neylon at 440-725-6845 or BetsyN7@gmail.com. Camp administrator Susie Kaeser can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from 2011 Heights Summer Music Camp
Our 8th Annual Heights Summer Music Camp will take place June 18-23, 2012 at Wiley Middle School. Campers spend a fun-filled week making great music and new friends.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights music faculty, community musicians, and college and high school students provide individualized support, and expert coaching and instruction to up to 85 elementary and middle school instrumental music students who reside in the CH-UH school district.
The camp day includes two orchestra rehearsals, chamber group and sectional practice sessions, and music theory. Campers also participate in a jazz or guitar workshop, or the Heights Summer Music Camp Chorus. Faculty recitals and recreation time are part of each day.
Eligibility: Heights Summer Music Camp serves elementary and middle school instrumental music students, in 5th – 8th grade during 2011-12, who live in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School district and who have at least two years experience in their school instrumental music program. 4th grade students can be accepted with special recommendation at the discretion of the camp director if they have at least a year of private lessons.
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (early drop off by arrangement) and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Finale Concert: All campers are expected to participate in the end-of-camp concert on June 23. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this free musical celebration that begins at 10:30 a.m.
Tuition: Camp fee is $195. Multi-camper families may request a $25 discount. A refundable $25 deposit is expected with camp application. Complete payment due by the start of camp.
Financial Assistance: Tuition aid is available so that all interested musicians can attend. To request reduced tuition submit with your application a brief statement of need and the amount you can pay. Scholarships will be awarded by June 1st.
Placement Auditions: All first time campers will be scheduled for a placement audition with the music director on Saturday, May 19. Campers will take a music theory test and play scales and two pieces of music that display their playing level.
Reflections on Music Camp
Last summer, 83 children from 4th to 8th grade, with one to eight or more years of experience with their instruments, with and without private lessons, assembled each morning and each afternoon to master three pieces of music: to become an orchestra. This hodgepodge of skill, experience, competence and motivation somehow needed to end up in the same place at the end of the week. The high level performers as well as the most basic all needed to be challenged and engaged; all needed to learn something new and do it well; all needed to be motivated and supported to reach a high standard.
When Saturday rolled around and the students took the stage for the finale concert this disparate collection of musicians became a harmonious orchestra. Many voices became one. They sounded wonderful. Everyone held up their end of the deal. Some had to work harder and go farther to get there but with a lot of practice, coaching, direction, mentoring, worry and joy they arrived. The music was awesome; their effort was tireless and transforming.
This is what we want in every classroom. We want the disparate hodgepodge of unique individuals to find a way to draw from their individual strengths, respond to well conceived experiences and expert instruction, learn from their peers, and rise to the high standard we hold for all of them.
Every summer I see this process unfold. And every summer I am awestruck by our children and their desire to grow, by music education as a profound way to help children discover their own capacity, and by the power of educators to bring out the best in our children.
I am grateful to be part of a summer experience that sets the standard for what education of a diverse set of learners can achieve.
We will be back next year and look forward to building another orchestra of learners.
–By Susie Kaeser, Camp Administrator
2009 Camp Photos
Here are photos from Saturday, June 13, 2009:
Here are photo highlights from Friday, June 12, 2009, and more photos from Concert Day, Saturday, June 13:
Here are photo highlights from Wednesday, June 10, 2009:
Here are photo highlights from Tuesday, June 9, 2009:
Here are photo highlights from Monday, June 8, 2009:
The Story of Heights Summer Music Camp
Summer is a perfect time for busy students to focus on their interests. That’s why in 2005, Reaching Heights launched the Heights Summer Music Camp to give students in the CH-UH school district’s instrumental music program a chance to explore music in an intensive yet leisurely environment.
The camp helps students perfect skills and deepen their commitment to music, both of which help build on our district’s great musical tradition.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District provides a home for the camp. Roxboro Middle School and Wiley Middle School have each hosted the musical week. Reaching Heights sponsors and organizes the camp: recruits and enrolls campers; recruits and manages the staff; solicits scholarship donations and awards camper scholarships; manages auditions and daily camp operations. Families provide camper fees, encouragement, commitment to music education, and their eager campers.
The camp meets daily for a week in June (June 21-26, 2010) and ends with a Saturday morning finale concert. The daily routine includes two orchestra rehearsals, chamber groups, sectional rehearsals, music theory, and recreation and lunch breaks. Students also participate in one of three electives: chorus, jazz or guitar. The camp targets students in the district’s instrumental program ages 10 to 15 who have two years of experience with their instrument or a year of private instruction. It is open to any district resident who meets the eligibility requirements. Up to 85 campers may participate.
The finale concert is powerful evidence of what our students can do and the terrific value of music education to our children and community.