Campocello was founded in 2002 by Mary Thomson and her sister Morna Howie. Each year our musical selection and crafts are based on a different theme. Music is arranged by the teachers themselves with the individual student levels in mind. Throughout the week the students will work on the fundamentals of group playing while often incorporating modern techniques such as percussive playing on their instrument. On the last day of camp a concert is held to showcase all the hard work the students have put into their playing throughout the week. Campocello is a great way to end the summer, while providing a jump-start to the beginning of the school year and the restarting of school music programs. This is a fantastic place for young cellists to come together every summer and play music.
2021 A Space Odyssey
School of Rock
A Cello Mystery
The Cello Games
Travels with my Cello
The 4 Seasons
Carnival of the Animals
Campocello Goes to the Movies
Dances with Cellos
A Little Night Music
LOCATION: 4125 W 10th ave. We rehearse during the week in the downstairs of St. James Community Square. Concert day is preformed in the Mel Lehan Hall upstairs.
FRANKI LEMON was at the very first Campocello in Vancouver in 2002 as a student. She moved on to volunteering for the Camp during her summers off and has mentored under Mary Thomson for many years. Currently she is the Assistant Strings Teacher at West Point Grey Academy and also teaches private lessons. She can be found performing at various venues around the city and as a member of Symphony21. She is an accredited Suzuki teacher.
FOUNDER & CO-DIRECTOR
MARY THOMSON is one of the Campocello co-founders and and has been co-director since 2002. She has been a part of the cello faculty at VAM since 1987. Mary is an arranger of cello ensembles in genres from classical to pop. Her students (current and former) are members of local youth orchestras, have successfully prepared for RCM exams and have competed at regional, provincial and national levels of the Kiwanis Music Festival. She is the Writer and Publisher of ‘Exam Scales & Arpeggios Grades 1-10’. Mary has also previously worked in the recording industry as a producer, promoter and distributor of classical recordings.
We have 2 groups to choose from, our Short Class and the Full Class.
Short Class: for students just starting out on cello or who don't want to stay for the full 3 hours. This class goes from 9am - 10:30am.
Full Class: for all other students regardless of level. We will place you with students that reflect your playing ability and the level of challenge that you would like. Class runs from 9am - 12pm
We include a break time for snacks and crafts that are geared towards our final concert. All materials will be provided for the crafts, please supply your child with a snack and water bottle.
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