Maybe she’s your dancing queen who is always hip-hopping through the house, or perhaps she has a keen eye for visual storytelling and wants to learn more about video production. Let her discover a new passion project this summer with our art camps that are sure to get those creative juices flowing.
Grades: 6-12 Dates: June 27-July 1 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $200 Instructor: Sophia Moon, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor
Students will spend the week learning the ins and outs of audio production through the GarageBand app. They will learn to record, create their own digital instrumentation, edit, and mix. Students will use their new knowledge and creativity to create a multi-track song to present at the end of the week. *iPad devices are required.
Grades: 5-8 Dates: June 13-17 Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $350 Instructor: Lee Wright, GPS Digital Art and Media Teacher
This exciting summer film camp teaches students all about the basics of audio and video communications plus the art of storytelling, video production, and acting, and then helps them put those skills into practice. By the end of this week-long camp, campers will write, direct, and star in their own short films. Equipment is provided.
Grades: All Ages Dates: July 13 & 20 Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $25 Instructor: Scott Keil, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor
Perfect for beginner through intermediate drummers, this camp will teach technique basics along with an exploration into musical styles of today's modern drummer. Kids can look forward to their solo performance along with an open question and answer period.
Grades: 1-2 Dates: June 20-24 Time: 1-3:30 p.m. Cost: $200 Instructor: Natalie Eastman, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor and Early-Childhood Music Educator
Calling all kids who love to SING! Tailor-made for kids entering grades 1-3, this camp combines professional, research-based vocal technique and musical training with fun songs and activities that will make your little singers think they are just playing games! Kids will learn basic singing techniques, including belly breathing, sustaining breath, and tone support.They will receive ear training by matching pitch, identifying and performing high/low and up/down tones, and using body solfege. They'll also learn rhythm through steady beat, chanting, active rhythm song-games, and simple percussion and will begin learning to identify notes, rests, and meter. And, most fun of all, they'll learn how to master a new song through story, words, melody, and actions! On the last day, we will perform for each other and also video-record the songs we’ve learned and some of the rhythm-based activities we’ve done. Distributed electronically to parents, the video allows parents to watch with their children after camp, reinforcing all that the kids learned and enjoyed during Little Singers Camp!
Ages: 3-4 years old Dates: June 13-17 Time: 1-3:30 p.m. Cost: $200 Instructor: Natalie Eastman, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor and Early-Childhood Music Educator
Children love family adventures that enrich them and create lasting memories, so we’re taking a virtual and very musical road trip during our summer camp! We’ll hop in our imaginary cars and engage with all kinds of family travels to a variety of destinations—camping, the beach, fairgrounds, and other fun places families go together! As we travel, we’ll sing in the car, make up songs, stop for roadside picnics, harmonize (or try to!), play car-travel games, explore making silly sounds, and many other traveling escapades. Every day is packed with activities, crafts, and musical exploration, all centered around imaginative three- and four-year-old minds!
Grades: 1-5 Dates: July 11-15 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $200 Instructor: Sophia Moon, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor
Students will learn the foundational aspects of music in a fun and engaging way. This new camp is great for students who are interested in learning how to sing or play an instrument but don’t know where to start! We will learn to develop skills in basic music theory, instruments, the voice, and listening all in a game- and activity-based program.
Ages: Parents with babies and toddlers up to 18 months Dates: June 13-17 Time: 11 a.m.-noon Cost: $100 Instructor: Natalie Eastman, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor and Early-Childhood Music Educator
Enjoy music, movement, songs, rhythmic activities, poetry, circle dances, and even a little bit of quiet time with your baby or early toddler during this one-hour, five-day, camp-like experience for parent and children! Connect with your child and others in the group as you engage in active listening skills, language development, social awareness, and so much more—all in the context of fun, accessible music and movement that wraps you and your child in love, joy, and learning!
Trusted adult family members are welcome to enroll!
Grades: 6-8th and 9-12th Dates: June 27- July 1 (Grades: 6-8th) July 4-8 (9-12th) Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $250 Instructor: Emily Lester, Emily Lester Photography
Is your girl looking for a creative outlet? Does she want to learn more than just point and shoot when taking photos? Photographer Emily Lester to the rescue! This popular camp returns to teach girls the creative process of photography. Throughout the week, your daughter will improve her skills, learn to understand manual DSLR camera modes, and produce a personal portfolio with landscape, portrait, and food photography. She’ll even learn basic editing with Adobe Creative Suite (Lightroom and Photoshop) and create a website before exhibiting her photos at the end of the week.
Dates & Grades: June 6-10 | 1-4 p.m. | Grades 3-5 June 20-24 | 1-4 p.m. | Grades 6-8 July 18-22 | 9-12 p.m. | Grades K-2 Cost: $200 Instructor: Emily Anderson '16
Join us for a week of creative exploration, led by artist-educator and GPS alumna, Emily Anderson '16. Campers will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques to facilitate their creativity. Daily projects include papier-mâché, plein air painting, clay sculpture, collage + mixed-media, collaborative drawing, and more!
Lights, Camera, Action! Dive into the dramatic arts with this exciting new camp where students will spend their week working on a short play based on a classic children's book. Together they will learn acting tips and tricks, play improv games, and engage in activities that will grow their confidence on stage. At the end of the week, our newest thespians will show off their hard work in a performance for friends and family.
Grades: 6-12 Dates: June 27-July 1 Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $350 Instructor: Scott Keil, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor
This exciting summer music camp will teach your student all about what it takes to prepare and perform a live music concert. By the end of this week-long camp, she will rehearse, promote, and perform a set of pop and rock hits. The camp is available for voice, keys, guitar, bass, and drums. Students should have approximately one year of private lessons (or similar experience). Students may use their own instruments as well as a full backline that will be provided.
Grades: 1-3 and 4-6 Dates: June 6-10 Times: 9 a.m.-noon (Grades: 1-3) 1-4 p.m. (Grades: 4-6) Cost: $250 Instructor: Mary Record, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor
Children will have an opportunity to explore various outlets of creative expression through music with a friend of their choice and others during each musical experience such as active music making with various percussion instruments, singing activities, musical games, songwriting activities, movement, and more! Everyone is welcome!
Grades: 3-5 Dates: June 6-10 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $250 Instructor: Laurel Moore Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Director of Terpsichord, and GPS Terpsichord Dancers
Five, six, seven, eight! Your little dancer can master the floor with GPS dance teacher Laurel Zahrobsky ’90 and members of GPS’s modern dance company, Terpsichord. From a backbend to a plié, attendees will learn the movements and the lingo. This is a great camp if your girl loves to move and wants to try a new take to dance- Modern!
Grades: 9-12 Dates: July 11-15 Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $375 Instructors: Laurel Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Director of Terpsichord, and various guest artists
Designed for experienced dancers, this camp focuses on articulating dance skills with fun and challenging teachers. Learn various forms of dance—modern, ballet, and composition—with instruction by professional dance company teachers. Choose from two levels: intermediate and advanced. The week-long dance adventure culminates in a special performance on Friday afternoon to share all that was learned at camp.
Grades: PreK-2 Dates: June 6-10 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $250 Instructor: Laurel Moore Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Director of Terpsichord, and GPS Terpsichord Dancers
Let’s MOVE! Send your girl to the beautiful GPS dance studios where she’ll move and dance with GPS dance teacher Laurel Zahrobsky ’90 and members of GPS’s modern dance company, Terpsichord. This week-long dance adventure allows your girl to exercise her creative mind with movement!
Grades: 6-8 Dates: June 13-17 Time: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Cost: $325 Instructor: Laurel Moore Zahrobsky ’90, GPS Director of Terpsichord, and GPS Terpsichord Dancers
Your rising middle schooler is invited to join GPS Director of Terpsichord Laurel Zahrobsky and members of GPS dance company, Terpsichord, to learn more about what they do best—modern dance! Camp will focus on learning more about this creative style and choreographing original pieces.
Grades: 3-8 Dates: June 20-24 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $200 Instructor: Sophia Moon, Cadek Conservatory of Music Instructor
Your musician can spend the week learning the basics of the ukulele including chords, the parts of the instrument, and several songs. Students will compile a ukulele book with all of the information they learn, which they can take home with them after camp. At the end of the week, students will perform a song of their choice in a show for families.
For year-round opportunities for your child to discover his or her passion for music, check out the offerings at Cadek Conservatory of Music, conveniently located on the campus of Girls Preparatory School. Visit cadek.org!
“Summer provides the optimal time for a student to ‘try on’ a new musical instrument, discover a hidden artistic talent or strength, or develop a passion for the arts.”
—Meg Persinger Brock ’79, GPS Fine Arts Department Chair