The NUS Symphony Orchestra, NUS Jazz Band and NUS Wind Symphony came together once again on the 4th and 5th of July 2015 to organise Trio Camp 2015. Trio is an annual 2D1N camp that brings together freshmen musicians from across faculties through fun, games and music making.
This year, we started off the camp with the usual ice breakers, to allow camp participants to get to know one another. Following that, the participants got to learn more about the 3 groups through a series of short presentations. Masterclasses were also held for the various sections (Strings, woodwinds, brasses and percussion) by our very own professional tutors who imparted their knowledge and experience from years of being in the music scene to the students. After that, a big band session was conducted, where the participants got to try out Jazz music, with some even attempting to do some improvisation. The day ended with with a series of night games played around UTown, which not only allowed the orientation groups to bond with each other, but also introduced the participants to the various venues across the campus. A night of fun, games and much laugher ended with the participants splitting up into their OGs for supper and HTHT sessions.
The second day started off with a rhythm workshop, where participants got to learn techniques on playing difficult rhythms. This was held concurrently with a senior sharing session where we shared with the freshies tips surviving university life. Following that was the group experience sessions for the NUS Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Participants got to rehearse under the baton of our resident conductor Mr Lim Soon Lee during the NUSSO session, and joined the group for rehearsals, playing Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 2 as well as Moussorgsky’s Night On the Bald Mountain. The events for the day ended with a finale item with participants performing hilarious and entertaining skits, much to the delight of the audience, and the camp closed with a barbecue dinner.
We would like to expresses our utmost thanks to everyone involved in making this camp a huge success, and we hope that this experience will stay with the participants throughout their university life. Here is to more music making and fun as we look forward to everyone joining these groups in the years to come! See you next year!