Summer Sonatina is an international piano camp for students (ages 7-16) held in a large historic mansion in Old Bennington, Vermont. The summer of 2018 will be our 49th season.
Musical progress proceeds according to each student's ability, often at a surprisingly rapid rate. Emphasis is on all aspects of music, and also on lasting personal relationships with fellow musicians.
A group atmosphere is created which allows children to grow responsibly with peers and as a member of a wider musical family.
Students also participate in concert rehearsals, sight reading, chorus, theory and composition classes, master classes, musical discussions, as well as many recreational activities (dances, movies, ice cream trips, musical productions, plays, theater, weekly trip to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center or Tanglewood Music Center, arts and crafts, baking, blueberry picking, composing, hiking, picnics, museum trips, sports, swimming, sightseeing trip to downtown Bennington).
There are 42 students per week (Sunday through Saturday) and stay under one roof with the Director, faculty and staff.
Our philosophy is to encourage students to become dedicated, serious musicians who develop resourcefulness, thoughtfulness and self discipline. Emphasis is on all aspects of music and on lasting personal relationships with fellow musicians. In a carefully created group atmosphere, children grow responsibly with peers and as members of a wider musical family.