Master class topics range from major orchestral, ballet and opera music to chamber music excerpts, as well as the main solo repertoire of the bassoon. Each year our guest artists and Loren Glickman plan the repertoire for the camp.
Unlike other camps, the master classes held at GPBC are very relaxed. There is no fixed order or selection of performers, no assignments and plenty of encouragement. In fact, everyone who wishes to play in a master class is given an opportunity to do so.
Reed Making Classes:
We have developed a large reed making class that spans the whole of camp. The reed room is always open and you will usually find Jim Poe there ready to help you and answer your questions. People are popping in and out all day and night using profiling machines and talking all things reed. Several campers over the years have spent their whole camp in the reed room perfecting their skills.
All campers are encouraged to sign up and play on recital hours. Solos are welcome, although if lengthy, we encourage just one movement of any piece per day. Many ensembles consist of pick up groups that rehearse at off times, opportunities abound for impromptu ensemble playing, and it is very common for players who have never met before camp to strike up a trio for fun and then perform it on the next recital. There is always someone with a camera and a video so you can talk to them about getting to see your performance.
Nancy Johnston of the North Carolina School of the Arts is the remarkable accompanist on hand, and she has ample experience with the major repertoire of the bassoon.
Bassoon Band: Every year The Bassoon Band gives a performance on the final recital (evening) of the week. It is always a fun time of transcriptions from major repertoire for an ensemble of up to 60 bassoons and contras.
“Kid” Band: Young bassoonists, university students, and recent graduates get together to form “kid” band. It is an excellent time for peer bonding and to perform as an ensemble at the end of camp.
Another great feature of GPBC is the inclusion of the repair services of Paul Nordby.
Paul is considered the best in the field of specialized bassoon repairs. Paul has years of professional performance and repair experience, and does basic repairs, upgrades to your bassoon and is known for his complete restorations of older instruments. Paul always does a lecture on bassoon care and provides stunning photos of past restorations. Campers (full time only) are welcome to sign up see Paul for up to one hour of basic repairs during camp.
Costs of Camp continue to rise, making it ever more difficult for students in need to attend. We are able to offer limited scholarship assistance to some of our campers through the amazing generosity of past and present campers and via fund-raising events held during Camp like our daily silent auctions for everything from toys to reeds. Contact us for info and application.
Our memorial scholarship funds in the names of Mark A. Popkin, Elsie Popkin, Doris Glickman, George and Margaret Comstock, Jim Laslie, Jack Spratt and others, provide funds for students around the world to attend camp every summer. Without these funds, many college-aged students would not have the opportunity to study with the great players we bring in every year. Please consider gifting to the scholarship fund.
Should you wish to make a donation to the scholarship fund, kindly send us a check made payable to the Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp, with “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. Checks may be sent to us at: GPBC, 1520 Martin Street, Suite 201, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Sheet music, CDs and supplies are provided by T.D. Ellis of The Music Source and Justin Miller of Miller Marketing. They bring a wide assortment of solo and ensemble music, as well as all of the bassoons, bassoon and reed supplies a bassoonist needs and always a few extra fun things – like Rite of Spring wind chimes.
Should you need to order music and/or supplies in advance, please contact either at:
T.D. Ellis of The Music Source (203) 698-0444; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the online store
We are fortunate to have Jessica M. Lang Wright, RYT, LVCYT, of Forever Yoga as our Camp yoga instructor. Jessica is also a former camper who now teaches several yoga classes a day during camp and enjoys assisting bassoonists in applying the wisdom of yoga to their playing. Jessica will also be available for private yoga and spinning lessons for a nominal fee.
What to bring:
Dress is strictly casual with jeans, summer shirts, a light jacket and, of course, our camp T-shirt from this year and years past. Hiking shoes, even tennis rackets can be put to full use in nearby facilities on our day off.
The climate is quite temperate on the mountain this time of year, 50 to 75 degrees F, but it can get extremely hot and cold in the same week so it never hurts to have an extra pair of shorts and a jacket. Bedding and towels are provided. There is a canteen for sundries and snacks and a soda machine. You will need your personal items, and don’t forget those reed tools and a stand.
The schedule and other information like repertoire will be posted on this site as it develops so please check back frequently.
The first day’s schedule will begin with:
- Check in starting at 3:00pm on the first day of camp (Memorial Day)
- Dinner at 6:30pm in the dining hall
- Loren’s first Master Class will start at 7:30pm. His lecture will be preceded by introductory remarks either by the Director of the Blumenthal Foundation which maintains this magnificent facility, or by the Resident Manager of the Wildacres Retreat.
- The class will be followed by our customary opening reception in the snack bar area.
We will have a day off mid-session (usually Saturday) to facilitate sightseeing, rest and relaxation. Box lunches will be provided in addition to our usual breakfast and dinner service. Only minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Little Switzerland and Wildacres provides ample sightseeing, bird watching and hiking for the day off. There are many fascinating tours recommended, including Penland (nationally famous crafts school), Biltmore House in Asheville, emerald mines, and local craftspeople galore.
GENERAL DAILY SCHEDULE (Subject to change depending on guest artists’ availability)
Wake-up bell – 7:30am (Sometimes hard to hear; you might want to bring an alarm clock)
Breakfast – 8:00am (Dining Hall)
Reed Class – 8:45 to 9:45 (South Lodge Meeting Room)
Morning Class – 10:00am to 12:00pm (North Lodge Meeting Room)
Lunch -12:30pm (Dining Hall)
Afternoon Class – 2:00 to 4:00pm (North Lodge Meeting Room)
Daily recital – 4:30 to 5:30pm (Auditorium)
Dinner – 6:00pm (Dining Hall)
Evening class – 7:30 to 9:30pm (North Lodge Meeting Room)
The canteen will be open for a coffee break during the morning class and after evening class for those desiring extra sustenance or personal items. South Lodge.