Ashland Spring String “Wing-ding” Weekend
Orchestra students in grades 5-9 have a tremendous opportunity to work with some of the best string clinicians in the world! Mike Hopkins (University of Michigan) and Robert Gillespie (Ohio State University) are two of the world’s top three string educators. They along with three others will be this years clinicians at the Ashland Spring String “Wing-ding” Weekend. Please read the registration packet carefully as there is a great deal of pertinent information about the event.
Here is a brief summery of some of the details surrounding the event:
What: a fun and enthusiastic weekend for orchestra students who want to improve their playing skills and be motivated to continue playing strings. The students will have to work hard, but will also have fun as they live like college students for a weekend. They will stay overnight in the dorms and will eat in the award-winning food court located on the campus of Ashland University.
When: Saturday, May 18 (arrive in the morning) through Sunday, May 19, 2013 (stay until Sunday afternoon) – please see attached sample schedule.
Where: Ashland University – rehearsals, housing, meals, and all other activities are held on campus. The university is about 75 minutes south west of Aurora. Students will car pool to and from the university. Transportation will NOT be provided.
Why: Over 50 students from Aurora and about 350 students total from all over Ohio attended the event last year and had a blast. Students spend several hours total in rehearsal working on music and their performing skills. In addition to working hard, students will also have fun in several social opportunities including a laser/light show dance held on Saturday night. This year students will be able to spend part of their free time swimming in the University’s pool – so bring your swim gear.
Deadline: This is a very popular event with limited enrollment, so we want to turn in our applications quickly. Applications are due to Mr. Burdett or Mr. Nabring by Friday, March 8, 2013.
Cost: $125 per student. This covers the cost of the clinicians, all meals for the weekend, a T-shirt and housing. The students DO NOT need any additional money for the weekend unless they plan on purchasing a gift at the campus bookstore or snacks at the dance.
Chaperones: The event organizers require that we have at least one chaperone for every six students. We have done our very best to make the price affordable so parents are willing and able to chaperone. The price for chaperones is $15. A chaperone application is attached to this packet.
Again, please read the attached packet carefully as there is a great deal of pertinent information about the event. The organizers of the event are very detailed and they expect all attendees to know the information contained in the information packet. Please pay special attention to the “Orchestra Qualifications” section of the packet. There are strict guidelines that the teachers are expected to follow when recommending students to the orchestras. Please help the students understand and cope if they are unhappy with their placement. The teachers at all times are looking out for the student’s best interest.
This is truly a tremendous and exciting opportunity for our students to receive quality instruction from some of the best teachers in the world. To make sure your child can attend this prestigious event, send in the application as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact: