Join us July 11-14, 2013
To help students experience the joy of music-making;
To employ the cello as a tool in the work of self-esteem;
To cultivate service to others through music
CelloChanWoods is a unique retreat for cellists. What makes this retreat different from other music camps is a specific focus on integrating freedom of motion at the cello with cellistic technique. Students learn how to access a deeper level of concentration, center themselves, and define the artistic process more clearly for themselves. The methods taught at CCW include exercises developed by Janos Starker and movement classes given by Suzanne. Cellists who attend CelloChanWoods will leave with greater mental clarity and a deeper understanding of the difference between force and power in cello playing. They will understand their mistakes from a larger perspective, gaining more confidence and access to their unique gifts.
The daily schedule is designed to help students move through several stages. Mornings begin with the inner work on bringing together mind and body. Activities include beginning centering meditation, relaxation work, supervised individual practice, individual consultations, and more. Cello ensemble meets in the afternoon followed by a guest lecture and community outdoor fun. These activities include swimming, hiking, boating, and the unique "buddy walk." Retreat participants may choose to stay overnight at camp. CCW camp counselors will assist with this. Evenings consist of discussion, readings, optional individual practice, shared time, and/or private time.
"When motion and stillness become one in our playing, the music flows with no obstructions." Suzanne Smith