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Young musicians from all over South Jersey have gathered in Camden for an intensive two-week music camp, run by a one of the few professional training orchestras in the United States.

(Sound of rehearsal music)

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KYW’s Karin Phillips reports that dozens of students, high school age and younger, were practicing as an orchestra today while others took classes in strings or jazz, or worked with a trombone ensemble.

Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony) is holding its annual intensive two-week camp, leading up to a free public concert this Saturday afternoon at 2pm at the Gordon Theatre, on the campus of Rutgers-Camden.

Camp director Paul Bryan (conducting ensemble in photo) says the kids learn a lot — and a lot more than music:

“On an individual level, their own expectations about themselves change while they’re here.  I think one of the things that I try to get across is that we only end up getting better when we expect better things out of what we do individually.”

Ten-year-old Melony has been attending the camp since she was six.  What does she do here?

“Learn new notes and play new songs.”

This is the first year for 11-year-old Andrew, from Mount Laurel:

“There’s different music and it’s challenging.”

And does he like being challenged?


(Photo by KYW’s Karin Phillips)

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