About the Program
In 2013, Credo will present several programs:
Strings and Piano Chamber Music. Ages 13-23. June 23-July 13.
Bass Intensive. Ages 15-25. July 11-20.
Woodwind and Brass Players. Ages 18-25. July 16-20.
Student Chamber Music Coaching / Performance
Each chamber group receives daily coaching and will be expected to perform several times each week. Repertoire will be assigned and mailed to students in June, allowing them to master their individual parts before arriving. This advance preparation combines with Credo's carefully matched assignments to foster unparalleled growth as individuals and ensembles.
A typical day at Credo includes:
- 1.5 hours of coached ensemble rehearsal
- 1.5 hours of uncoached ensemble rehearsal
- 3 hours of solo practice
- "Morning Sing" group devotional
- Instrumental master class or private lesson
Sample Weekday Schedule:
|7:45 - 8:20 ||Breakfast|
|8:30 - 8:55||Morning Sing|
|9:00 - 10:30||Coaching|
|10:45 - 12:15||Solo Practice|
|12:30 - 1:30 ||Lunch|
|1:30 - 3:00||Master Classes / Lessons|
|3:00 - 4:30||Solo Practice|
|4:30 - 5:30||Ensemble Practice|
|Evening||Concert, activity, or free time|
As an important part of Credo's mission of service, students devote one day a week to a variety of service activities. They share their special musical gifts in concerts at day-care centers, Oberlin summer educational programs, nursing homes, and hospitals. They also experience the joy of accomplishment in such tasks as park site preparation, cleaning homeless shelters, and community beautification projects. Each service day offers an opportunity for faculty and students to connect outside the confines of the practice room, and to develop a life-long passion for serving others with our art and being.
The Credo Faculty come to Credo from many of the leading music schools and orchestras across the country. Together they create the (often life-changing!) Credo experience.
- Karen Burgman, Piano; Credo Trio
- Alvin Chow, Piano; Oberlin Conservatory
- Stephen Clapp, Violin; Dean Emeritus of Juilliard School
- Michael Davis, Concertmaster; Louisville Orchestra
- Bryan Dumm, Violoncello; Cleveland Orchestra
- John Fitchuk, Chamber music
- Alan Harrell, Violoncello; Cleveland Orchestra
- James Howsmon, Piano; Oberlin Conservatory of Music
- Dr. Lee Joiner, Violin; Wheaton College
- Dr. Kangwon Kim , Concertmaster; Madison Bach Musicians
- Elizabeth Ann Larson, Violin; Credo Trio, Biola University
- Marilyn McDonald, Master Classes; Oberlin Conservatory of Music
- Matthew Michelic, Viola; Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
- Steuart Pincombe, Violincello; Credo Trio, Apollo's Fire
- Peter Slowik, Viola; Oberlin Conservatory of Music
- Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely, Viola; Baylor University
- Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello; Pittsburgh Symphony
Special Guests for 2013: Masterclass and performances by
Admission to the Program
Admission to Credo is made by “rolling admission,” with earlier applications having a greater likelihood of finding compatible chamber music partners and therefore being accepted into the program.
While in residence at Oberlin's world-renowned Conservatory of Music, students enjoy excellent rehearsal, coaching and practice facilities, a celebrated music library collection, and many recreational opportunities offered on Oberlin's park-like campus. It's a wonderful location to focus and grow.
Sun-filled practice rooms are never hard to find- the Conservatory has over 150 practice rooms, all with floor to ceiling windows and many equipped with full-size Steinway pianos.
During the first week of the chamber music program, students will have a chance to interact with Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable — if there is anything excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”