Arrowbear Music Camp Advanced Sessions


Full Band and Orchestra with the middle week devoted to Chamber ensembles. For high school honor group level players entering 9th grade and higher. Former campers continually say that their most important school age memories and life-long friendships come from these sessions. A busy routine of rehearsals, instruction and camp activities is combined with a carefully planned social structure. Staff supervise each sleeping area during dorm time and additional counselors oversee social activities.


This session is the one on which the camp was founded and has grown for the last 50-plus years. The repertoire consists of music typical for accomplished High School bands and orchestras. Recent summers' repertoire included movements of symphonies by Mozart and Mendelssohn,and band works by Holst and Grainger. We combine a busy routine of rehearsal, instruction and camp activity with a carefully planned social structure. This results in impressive growth, both musically and personally. Dorms are supervised by two adult staff members for each gender and all other camp activities are supervised by a staff of College age counselors at a ratio of 1 to 10. Former campers continually say that the major memories and friendships of their teenage years come from these sessions.

Orchestra Instructor:

  • Branden Muresan, Southern California Philharmonic

Band Instructor:

  • Val Jamora, Corona Del Mar HS, CA

The Advanced Session ends in a Full Group Concert.

This schedule is adjusted for different age groups. Shorter rehearsals, more activities, and earlier night for Elementary. Longer rehearsals and later nights for Advanced.
7:15 Breakfast and clean-up
8:20 Assembly and announcements
9:00 Rehearsal (breaks included)
12:15 Lunch- recreation (hiking, swimming, volleyball, ping pong, crafts and organized full group activities)
3:45 Group activity
4:30 Rest period
5:30 Dinner
6:20 Assembly/ singing/ announcements
6:45 Rehearsal
9:00 Evening activity
10:00 Campfire