After months of organizational hiatus, we are excited to announce that PRIZM Ensemble is back! Our first priority is reviving our annual chamber music summer camp, which we canceled last year, as well as introducing new, more inclusive programs for young musicians that extend beyond classical music performance.
This year, we are broadening our scope to meet the needs of other aspiring student musicians through virtual classes, offering a deep dive in technology, recording, social activism and video creation.
This year, PRIZM’s summer music camp has five curriculum options:
Week 1: June 21-26
Week 2: June 28-July 2
PRIZM’s chamber music camp is an intensive program, offering students a deeper dive into music education and technique. It is open to strings, woodwinds and brass instrument players. They will receive daily instruction on their instrument, learn advanced music theory and history and participate in master classes. The camp closes with all students performing in a final public concert alongside their peers and instructors on the last day of each week. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the camp will have limited student spots for each week and social distancing practices will be enforced. The camp will take place at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church at 5530 Shady Grove Road in East Memphis.
July 6, 1-2 p.m.
In this course, student musicians and aspiring producers are given an introduction in music video recording. The session offers best practices for setting up lighting, cameras and microphones for instruments and voice to create a professional-looking video. Participants will also examine social media strategies for promoting their audiovisual works for various digital platforms.
July 7, 1-2 p.m.
In light of ongoing civil rights issues and events, music has presented itself as an impactful channel for self-expression and protest. In this virtual course, students will explore the integral role music has played in social justice movements throughout American history, including the civil rights movement, anti-war protests, fights for women’s equality, the Red Power movement and the current Black Lives Matter movement.
July 8, 1-2 p.m.
With recording equipment becoming more accessible and affordable, any musician can be their own audio engineer. PRIZM students will be introduced to the fundamentals of music technology geared to the needs of today’s musician. They will receive an overview of current technologies to help them make intelligent decisions in evaluating future technological needs for live and studio performance. As a final project, students will have the opportunity to record a piece of music.
July 9, 1-2 p.m.
Students will learn how to create, arrange and export music. They will navigate industry standard interfaces, organize audio and MIDI clips, and automate tracks and effects. After this session, students will have gained a solid understanding of the basics of music production, including signal flow, common parameters and recording audio.
All programs are open to students ages 12 to 18. Students have the option to attend the in-person chamber music camp for one week or both. The cost to attend one week of the in-person camp is $375 per student and $700 for both weeks, with an early bird discount of $25 off if students register by May 7. Each virtual session costs $10 to attend.
PRIZM summer programs offer the rare opportunity for young musicians from across Memphis to work together with peers from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our 2019 camp welcomed 65 students from 29 Mid-South schools.