The 39 students who came to the first Baltimore String Orchestra Camp didn't know they were beginning a tradition.
Now, 25 years later, the nine-day camp has grown to 176 participants, three conductors and 15 teachers.
"People said it could never be done. We had never had an orchestra camp in Baltimore," says Anne Lane Vosough, the founder and director.
The children, in grades 1 through 12, are already accomplished musicians who must audition to be accepted to the camp, which began June 17.
The campers are separated into different age levels. They study the violin, viola, cello and bass in small and large groups.
Vosough is a violin teacher who taught for 31 years at Bryn Mawr School, where the camp is held each summer. She was inspired to begin the camp because of a similar experience she had many years before.
"Children need mentors," says Vosough. She recalls bonding with her own musical mentors and feels the conductors and teachers at the camp provide the same experience for their students.
The camp culminates with performances today and tomorrow at 7: 30 p.m.
The concerts will include three string orchestras, several small ensembles and a large Suzuki group -- children who have studied violin using the Suzuki method of early instruction. The Suzuki performance consists of many short musical segments, beginning with the older children performing advanced works, followed by the younger children playing smaller violins.
The performances, held at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson, are free.
For further information, call Bryn Mawr at 410-323-8800 or Notre Dame at 410-825-6202.
Pub Date: 6/25/98