July 12 – July 25, 2020
The Stokes Forest Music Camp is run through the Cali School Extension Division within the John J. Cali School of Music in the College of the Arts at Montclair State University.
The Stokes Forest Music Camp offers students sessions of intense music making, combined with environmental studies and recreational activities. Its mission is to cultivate a sense of individual self-discovery and self-confidence through the rigors and discipline of music study and an appreciation and awareness for the natural environment.
The Cali School Extension Division, part of the renowned John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, developed the camp’s curriculum and continues to oversee its musical activities and endeavors. The Extension Division, formerly known as the Preparatory Center for the Arts, was established in 1976 to provide musical education and training for all age groups. Through the years it has served as a supplemental musical enrichment for some and comprehensive musical training ground for others who have gone on to pursue careers in music. The Extension Division and its programs are dedicated to providing students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability with the experience of learning music in an encouraging environment intended to enhance creative growth and promote a life-long understanding of and appreciation for the musical arts.
The New Jersey School of Conservation provides the beautiful campus where the Stokes Forest Music Camp is held and the environmental experts who run ecology classes, hikes and activities. It is a school within the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University and serves as the Environmental Education Field Campus for the University. It also has the distinguished title of the oldest university-operated environmental education center in the nation. The School of Conservation is located 57 miles from the Montclair State University campus on a 240-acre tract of land located in Stokes State Forest in Sussex County. Over the years, the philosophy and program content at the School have evolved with the development of the environmental education movement in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of the School of Conservation is to convey knowledge of how Earth systems operate and how human actions affect these systems. It is intended that this knowledge will cultivate the prolonged performance of environmentally responsible behaviors and the development of self-confidence to support the development of attitudes, beliefs and values that will aid individuals and groups alike in the resolution of current environmental problems, the avoidance of future environmental problems, and the quest for sustainable development.
The Stokes Forest Music Camp is the result of the dedicated contributions these organizations bring enabling the camp to offer an exceptionally balanced program that stimulates and inspires students long after they have returned home.
Montclair State University’s Extension grants admission to students between the ages of 10 and 17 who have a musical background. Early application is encouraged! A day program is available for qualified younger students and residents of Sussex County and nearby locations. Please e-mail the Division office at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or call 973-655-4443.
- Two week session: The two week session provides the most comprehensive camp experience enabling students to experience all aspects of the program.
- One week session A: Session A is recommended for the younger first time camper. This session introduces students to the camp experience. It includes participation in ensemble rehearsals, optional private lessons, theory classes, recreational activities and the opportunity to participate in the camp musical. Session A students can opt to stay for the full two weeks.
- One week session B: Session B is recommended for the older more experienced student who is unable to participate the first week. This session includes optional private lessons, theory classes, recreational activities, rehearsals and the final performances of the various ensembles.
Tuition and Fees include all room and board, T-shirt, insurance, on campus medical expenses, all classes, chamber ensembles, large ensembles, concerts, master classes, recreational and environmental program activities. Tuition and Fees do not include private lessons, which can be added at a nominal cost after acceptance.
Students enter with an instrumental, vocal, keyboard or composition focus. Individual student schedules typically include a large ensemble, one or more chamber ensembles, a music theory class and electives. Students may also opt to sign up for one to two private lessons a week per instrument at an additional fee. An appropriate theory class and chamber ensemble will be assigned based on the student’s background and experience.
The orchestra and/or band are the primary ensembles for all string, woodwind, brass and percussion students. A wide variety of representative works in the orchestral and band repertoire from baroque through contemporary will be rehearsed and performed. Seating in either ensemble is established by placement audition on arrival day and reviewed weekly.
The Jazz Ensembles are offered to provide instrumentalists and vocalists the opportunity to learn and perform representative pieces of jazz literature. Students learn techniques of improvisation through theoretical understanding and a progressive refinement of improvisational performance skills.
The Rock Band provides qualified students the opportunity to learn and perform representative rock songs. Students are exposed to various techniques of rock ensemble rehearsal through the use of listening and chart reading. Additionally, emphasis is placed on an understanding of the historical contexts in which the various rock sub-styles emerged.
The select choir is the primary ensemble for voice students and is also open to all interested students. Repertoire from madrigals to musical theater favorites will be explored and performed.
Chamber ensembles offer a unique opportunity for students to develop skills and awareness in intonation and control of their instrument, refine the listening skills necessary in a small ensemble, as well as gain exposure to various chamber works. Chamber ensembles are grouped according to student level. Ensembles rehearse daily under the supervision of an experienced chamber music coach.
Music Theater Production
Each year the camp presents a music theater production. The musical is an abbreviated version of a representative music theater work. The production offers students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of rehearsing and presenting a show.
Students are exposed to the essential principles and practices of music construction. Through reading, analysis, composing and a progressive refinement of aural skills, students are given a comprehensive approach to the understanding of music.
The evening concerts, which span the two-week session, include performances by faculty, students and guest artists. Concerts include solo and chamber performances, a music theater production and lecture-recitals featuring professional musicians.
To supplement the camp’s daily schedule of music activities, private instrumental, vocal and/or composition lessons can be arranged at a nominal cost. In the lesson, students are encouraged to expand technique, repertoire and the skills necessary to their development as a musician. Students may sign up for one to two private lessons a week per instrument or area of study.
An integral part of the Stokes experience is the unique opportunity for students to explore, understand and appreciate the natural environment. School of Conservation Environmental Educators and Researchers provide campers with various nature activities, studies, and presentations intended to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the natural world in a fun and engaging way!
A variety of recreational activities are available each day in the afternoon as well as certain evenings. Students have the opportunity to participate in hiking, canoeing, row boating, archery, woodworking, the confidence building climbing wall as well as a variety of team building Action Socialization Experiences which promote communication, cooperation and respect. Evening recreational events include campfires, open mic nights, movies and more.
Facilities and Accommodations
The camp is located 57 miles from Montclair State University on the New Jersey School of Conservation property in the heart of Stokes State Forest, just off Route 206 in Sussex County, New Jersey. The School of Conservation facilities are divided into two campuses, known as Wapalanne and Sequoya. These campuses are separated by Lake Wapalanne, a gorgeous man-made lake that was created in the 1930’s as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA program. They are connected by the beautiful Rainbow Bridge, which arches over the lake. Also found on the premises are two boat docks, a frontier town, craft house, nature center, astronomy center, climbing wall and archery range. Additionally, there are a variety of well-marked trails for hiking and nature study activities.
The New Jersey School of Conservation facilities include twelve heated student cabins each accommodating up to twelve students and two counselors. These rustic cabins were originally built in the 1930’s as part of President Roosevelt’s WPA program.
Campers, faculty and staff dine in the Big Timbers Dining Hall. Meals are prepared on premises by the New Jersey School of Conservation kitchen staff. The camp menu is varied and nutritionally well balanced. Special dietary needs can be accommodated including vegetarian, vegan and certain dietary restrictions.
An infirmary is maintained on the premises with a nurse on call twenty-four hours a day. In the event of a serious emergency, the camper will be taken to Newton Memorial Hospital for treatment. All medical expenses and insurance are the responsibility of parents or guardians.
Tatyana Kebuladze, Artistic Director, Piano, Chamber Music
Meredith Foreman, Saxophone, Drums/Percussion, Jazz Band
J.J. Johnson, Viola, Violin
Adrienne Ostrander, Percussion
George Spitzer, Music Theater, Voice
Charles Yassky, Director of Bands, Clarinet
Supplemental faculty, instrument-specific, is arranged based on camper needs. Private lessons are available for all instruments
The Stokes Forest Music Camp has an outstanding counseling staff. All counselors are matriculated music majors or graduates from major music schools and conservatories including the Cali School of Music, Carnegie-Mellon, the Crane School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Ithaca College, New School in NYC, Rutgers University, Oberlin Conservatory, Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music and others. All are trained and understand the rules and regulations of the New Jersey School of Conservation and the Stokes Forest Music Camp. In addition to monitoring and assisting campers in their daily routines and activities, counselors are actively involved in ensemble coaching and lessons.
From Route 84 West: Take I – 84 west to Exit 1, Port Jervis, New York. At the end of the exit ramp, make a left turn onto Route 6. Turn left at traffic light onto Route 23 north, pass – shopping area, turn right onto Route 653, Clove Road for 7.2 miles. Left turn onto Route 206 for approximately 7.5 miles, left turn after the Flatbrook Taphouse onto Hotelen Road. Follow road straight after stop sign to Flatbrook Road. Follow from **
From Route 84 East: Take I – 84 east to Exit 10, Milford, Pennsylvania. At the end of the exit ramp, follow signs for Route 6 E, Milford, PA. At intersection of Routes 6 and 209 follow signs for New Jersey, Route 206 south. (Watch your speed in Milford, they are generous with traffic tickets) Make a left to the Milford – Delaware Bridge. After the bridge, bear right to continue on 206 S. Travel approximately 8.5 miles, left turn after the Flatbrook Taphouse onto Hotelen Road. Follow road straight after stop sign to Flatbrook Road. Follow from **
From Route 80: Take Route 80 to exit 34B, Sparta – Route 15 N. Route 15 begins as a dual lane divided highway and changes into a two-lane road. Follow 15N for about 20 miles. At the four – corner intersection of Routes 206 and 565 continue straight to Route 206N. Pass Branchville, Culvers Lake, the main entrance for Stokes State Forest. At the bottom of the hill on left is a travel trailer dealer and about 1/4 mi. on your right is a green highway sign for the School of Conservation. Turn right onto Flatbrook Road. Pass the Linwood – MacDonald YMCA on the left. At the T – Intersection, turn right – and follow from **
From Route 23: Follow Route 23N to Route 94S – Hamburg. Follow 94S to the Route 15 intersection (Amoco station on right). Turn right onto Route 15N follow through the Town of Lafayette. At the four – corner intersection of Routes 206 and 565 continue straight to Route 206N. Pass Branchville, Culvers Lake, the main entrance for Stokes State Forest. At the bottom of the hill on left is a travel trailer dealer and about 1/4 mi. on your right is a green highway sign for the School of Conservation. Turn right onto Flatbrook Road. Pass the Linwood – MacDonald YMCA on the left. At the T – Intersection, turn right – and follow from **
From the Washington, D.C. area: Take Route 95N to Yardley, Pennsylvania, go across the bridge, to Route 29 (Jersey) north to Route 202 N and follow to the Somerville Circle to Route 206N. Follow Route 206 directions.
From Route 206: Note: in the Netcong area, Route 206 runs concurrently with Route 80 for about one mile. Pay close attention to signs directing you onto Route 206 – N, Stanhope, (exit 25). Follow signs for Route 206N – Newton/Branchville. Pass Branchville, Culvers Lake, the main entrance for Stokes State Forest. At the bottom of the hill on left is a travel trailer dealer and about 1/4 mi. on your right is a green highway sign for the School of Conservation. Turn right onto Flatbrook Road. Pass the Linwood – MacDonald YMCA on the left. At the T – Intersection, turn right – and follow from **
** Continue on Flatbrook Road for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 miles. You will pass some houses and cabins. Make a right turn onto Skellinger Road (there is a sign for the School of Conservation and Lake Ocquitunnk). The lake is on your right and campsites on both sides of the road. Cross over a stone bridge, bear left and go up the hill. At the top of the hill, is the entrance for the Stokes Forest Music Camp (Montclair State University School of Conservation). At this location, the buildings are painted barn red with white trim. Follow directions to the camp office.