Music at FMC

"FMC is a place where I can come to make music among friends....Incredible."
-- Camper reflection

FMC campers come eager to learn more about their instrument or voice.  Our teaching staff encourages musical growth in a non-competitive environment.  Campers find new inspiration and motivation while at FMC, and improve more than they thought possible in four weeks. 

Every camper's daily schedule includes:

Practicing

All campers have scheduled practice time every day. Campers studying two instruments practice their second instrument during an additional practice period after lunch. Teachers visit their students during practice time to answer questions and help campers improve their practice skills.


Lessons

Lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, and all band and orchestra instruments. Every camper receives two 40-minute lessons each week. Campers who have chosen to study two instruments receive one lesson per week on each instrument. 


Classes

Classes at FMC allow campers to broaden their musical knowledge in subjects of personal interest. Campers sign up before camp for between one and three classes. Our class offerings vary from year to year and have included acting, composition, guitar, theory, American music and improvisation.

Campers not yet able to read music fluently are placed in a musicianship skills class. This course helps campers improve their note reading, rhythm and other important musical skills.


Ensembles

At FMC, we consider participation in ensembles to be an important part of each camper's growth as a musician. All campers sing in the camp chorus. Campers who play a band or orchestra instrument participate in band or orchestra. Students interested in jazz have the opportunity to sign up for our jazz ensemble. Other ensembles offered in past years have included a street band and a chamber vocal ensemble.

In addition to these large ensembles, students who have reached a sufficiently advanced musical level may be placed in smaller ensembles (trios, quartets, small jazz groups, etc.) These ensembles are formed at the beginning of camp based on students' schedules and levels of experience.

Every weekend of camp, we give a concert that features our large ensembles. Small ensembles have the opportunity to perform on our camper recitals.

Performances

Our large ensembles give a public concert each weekend.  Weeknight camper recitals give campers the opportunity to perform for their peers. Our staff gives a weekly concert for the camp and the general public.

At the end of the third week of camp, we give a benefit concert in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This concert combines ensemble performances, faculty performances, and camper performances selected by audition at the beginning of camp. This concert benefits the Glen Helen Institute, an ecological research center and nature preserve in Yellow Springs, showing campers how musicians can use their talents to make a positive difference in the world.

Musical Theater

All campers participate in the camp musical, which is performed for parents, friends and members of the Richmond community at the end of camp. Past musicals have included The Music Man, The Wind in the Willows, Once Upon a Mattress, Children of Eden, Once on This Island, Godspell, The Sound of Music, and many original shows written or compiled by FMC staff members. Two week campers perform their own musical at the end of the second week of camp.