Choro Camp Daily Schedule

In the daily schedule further down the page you will see three different types of classes:

  • Meet by Instrumental Groups
  • Rodas de Choro
  • More Rodas and Special Topics

Rather than repeat the content of those classes every time they appear in the schedule, we’ll do so just once, below:

Meet by Instrumental Groups 
During these classes, instrumental groups will work on the day’s repertoire, which will be organized by rhythmic style. For a look at how the instrumental groups break down, you’ll find them listed on the Program>Overview page.

Rodas de Choro 
Play time! These classes for mixed instrumentation will focus first on the repertoire we have just studied in the instrumental groups. If time allows we may play other tunes in the same rhythmic style, revisit tunes we’ve studied on previous days, or stray into new territory.

More Rodas and Special Topics.
This will typically be the last period of the day. Rodas offered at this time could be devoted to additional repertoire or to more work on tunes we’ve already covered—as needed or desired. “Special topic” offerings could include anything that might be of interest to our participants. Some possible examples:

  • Improvisation Workshop;
  • Intro to Pandeiro (for players of other instruments);
  • Intro to Samba, or Forró;
  • Choro cantado (Choro vocal repertoire.)
  • If you can imagine it, we’ll consider it!

At some point in the spring we may survey registered participants to finalize our choices for this third period. Another good reason to register early.

With those preliminaries done, here’s an overview of the daily schedule:

Daily Schedule

Monday June 22

Noon to 8 pm: Arrival and registration. Especially recommended for long-distance travelers. Informal rodas de choro. No scheduled activities or on-campus meals. (Downtown Northampton is walking distance and offers many dining options.)

Tuesday June 23

11:00 am: Orientation. Be there!

1:30—3 pm:  Meet by Instrumental Groups.

4 – 5:30: Rodas de Choro.

Evening – rodas, practice, socializing, surprises.

Wednesday through Friday

Early mornings: self-directed warm-ups, practice and informal rodas.

10 – 11:30 – Meet by Instrumental Groups.

1:30 – 3:00 pm – Rodas de Choro.

4 – 5:30 pm – More rodas and special topics.

Evenings – rodas, practice, socializing, and surprises.

Saturday June 27

Early morning: self-directed warm-ups, practice and informal rodas.

10 – 11:30: Meet by Instrumental Groups.

1:30 – 3:00 pm – Rodas de Choro.

Late afternoon: Informal rodas, socializing and mutual patting of backs.

Evening: Concert by artists on staff followed by rodas de choro and socializing.

Sunday June 28

No scheduled activities. Check out of dorms by 10 am. Hang and play outside as long as you’d like. Tchau, tchau queridos…see you next year!

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