Coda’s Summer Music Festival is an intensive, two-week residential music program led by Coda’s artistic faculty in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Harp students receive c. two private lessons weekly, play in harp master classes, and attend music classes (some harp-specific) in addition to playing in harp ensemble, chamber ensembles, and large ensemble. The two weeks of study culminate in several end-of-festival student performances featuring student chamber groups and large ensembles.
[Click here for a video of harp student performances from Summer 2014!]
Coda’s Summer Music Festival is set apart by its diversity of students and musical styles, ranging from classical music to Baroque music, electronic music, and bluegrass. Each day of the festival is filled with chamber music, private lessons, workshops, large ensemble, master classes, Dalcroze eurhythmics, and daily workshops provide an outlet for students to make connections between art and history and their relation to music. In addition, proficiency level and socioeconomic status hinder no one. Students of all backgrounds bond, collaborate, and are inspired and challenged together in their musical pursuits.
Students receive the highest professional training from faculty representing the top music schools and conservatories in the US, but within the context of a nurturing and encouraging environment that is rivaled by few other musical programs. Coda’s underlying mission is to help students grow into the men and women they were meant to become, recognizing that the skills and disciplines employed in musical education can be applied to all aspects of daily life. Upholding Christian principles of character, Coda challenges students to cultivate integrity, discipline, and positive self-image, and to find their true purpose and meaning in life. Group discussions and optional devotions are a part of the daily schedule, providing a safe environment to wrestle with these values and ideals.
Finally, students get to explore West Virginia’s breathtaking outdoors. There are always one or two recreational outings for students and faculty alike to go hiking in the New River Gorge, participate in ropes courses, or go zip-lining, and there is no shortage of daily walks, frisbee games, and other outdoor activities.