Ode to Joy performed by string and wind ensemble, choir and angklung ensemble of present and former participants ended the jubilee 20th season of the Czech Music Camp for Youth / Fine Arts Camps Europe.
Ode to Joy also finished session I but in a completely different way. Our Symphonic Band students had an opportunity to play in American style marching band.
Our jubilee season hosted 197 students from Lithuania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, USA and Czech Republic. Camp season opening concert was featuring the most successful camp alumni for example Prague Spring 2013 winner Katerina Javurkova (French horn) or the Smartest Czech TV competition winner Viktor Dekoj (French horn) and many others. Nove Hrady castle hosted our first mid-session concert of all major ensembles on July 24 followed by the tour of the castle. Other off-camp concerts were held in the Retirement Home Simeon in Horni Jeleni or Horni Jeleni Holy Trinity Church where the opening concert of session II took place featuring a successful Prague Spring 2012 competitor Petra Zdarska (harpsichord) and Michaela Ambrosi (historical flute).
Alumni Jazz Band ensemble featuring present and former staff members of our camp
performed during the last night of our jubilee season. The season finale attracted a lot of former students and staff members. Some of them visited an exhibition of camp photographs, absorbed the atmosphere of the camp, where almost everything remained the same like in the past. Others participated in alumni jazz band or the grand finale of the season, which was probably the most touching moment because both conductors also involved those former participants who planned to come only as audience members.
We have also organized the 4th season of our exchange program with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the USA. This season was very successful. Blue Lake hosted 3 Czech students from our camp. Josef Simek (trombone) and Martin Horak (clarinet) participated in Blue Lake session I. Tadeas Sorejs (clarinet) became the first Czech student who participated in Blue Lake International Exchange Program touring France, Spain and U.S. midwest with Blue Lake Southern Winds. Our conductor Col. Ret. Thomas Palmatier became the first conductor who conducted Blue Lake Faculty Band and Wind Ensembles of the Czech Music Camp in one season.