Opening day of Summer Sonatina

Today marks the first day of Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp. I’ve been very quiet lately but not because I haven’t been busy doing things related to piano. It’s just that there’s so much to do behind the scenes!

44 pianists arrive today from all over the world. A staff (for this week) of 16, a sports director, a chef as well as an administrator, round out the number of people who are involved with camp this week. At precisely 1:00pm our doors open. I’m still scurrying about doing last minute things.

Summer Sonatina is held in our house (see blog post titled 25 Reasons Why My House is Piano-User Friendly) and there was lots to prepare, including: moving lots of furniture, assembling 40 bunk beds, ordering thousands of dollars of music, cleaning every nook and cranny, erecting a 40′ by 40′ tent, setting up 7 picnic tables, getting the lawns and grounds ready for soccer and other sports, putting up the foozball, ping pong and air hockey tables in the recreation room, swapping out the nicer pottery-ware in the kitchen to more commercial equipment, making more space, attending to hundreds of signs and sign up sheets (activities alone include arts and crafts, baking, biking, blueberry picking, learning to play the blues, chamber music, composition, croquet, duets, learning French, Spanish or Japanese, Jam sessions, jogging, laundry runs, learning MIDI, playing monsters, master classes, sign language, sing-a-longs, swimming, walking, yoga and zumba!).

Oh, did I mention I’ve been busy?!

My time is so limited today, I can’t even post any photos. So scroll down to earlier posts where I include pictures of all the pianos in the house, wheels (this is how we organize everyone) and other glimpses into the reality world that we call PIANO CAMP!

Here we go!

About Polly van der Linde

Pianist, teacher, director of International Piano Camps in VT, for adults and children of all levels of ability
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