P.L.A.Y: Music

P.L.A.Y: Music
  • From July 22nd to August 9th occurring Monday - Friday from 9AM - 4PM

  • Monday - Friday, 9AM - 4PM

  • The Conservatory
  • $500 per 3-week session
  • For more information about the program and tuition assistance, please contact education@bethelwoodscenter.org or call (845) 583-2036

A three-week exploration of collaborative music making between skilled musicians and youth ages 9-15. Students will participate in ensemble, chorus, composition, and private lessons with a culminating event of their work inspired by the music of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Anchored in social engagement with an air of interdisciplinary exposure, this program values the contributions of each participant, highlights the importance of working as a team, and inspires participants to feel supported in their exploration of the arts. 

Special Guest Artists:

July 24-25: Robert Levin (Percussion) A specialist in traditional West African music, Robert is a composer whose credits include the feature film Inside, directed by Arthur Penn, as well as many documentaries and works for television. He has composed new music commissions which have been performed throughout the USA and Europe. He is also an active performer on keyboards, percussion and West African drums, and has played for film soundtracks, Broadway shows, TV programs, album projects, and live tours in the USA and abroad. Since the show opened in 1997, he has been performing regularly on Broadway in The Lion King.

July 26: Peter Calandra (Composer) Peter Calandra is a prolific composer and keyboard player who has been immersed in the New York City music scene for most of his life. He has scored over 70 films and written over 2000 compositions for television. He's composed music for every major television network including the FIFA World Cup Theme for FOX Sports, the Special Olympics World Games and Invictus Games Theme for ESPN as well as writing music for the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Calandra garnered acclaim for composing the music to Jellysmoke, a film which won the Los Angeles Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and Unknown Soldier, a film which won the Los Angeles and Philadelphia Film Festivals and also was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. His solo albums are wonderfully diverse, spanning world music, Christmas music, jazz, contemporary jazz, new age, pop, and neo classical. The thread throughout his music is the lyrical expressiveness of the compositions and purity and purposefulness of the musicianship. 

Aug 7-9: Tereasa Payne (World Flute) Tereasa Payne is a flutist and woodwinds player who flawlessly transitions between styles and instruments. A typical month of performances will take her from playing flute and piccolo with symphony orchestras and as a recitalist, to playing saxophone accompanying world-renowned artists on tour, to playing flutes, ethnic flutes, clarinet, and saxophone in National Broadway shows touring throughout Florida and the US.   

About P.L.A.Y: Youth, ages 9-15 in P.L.A.Y Music and Theater, experience and embody artistic opportunities. They are introduced to foundational skills that can spark a life rich in creative, social, and emotional engagement. Each program hosts up to 35 students and lasts three weeks in July and August from 9am- 4pm. Visiting artists, as well as students, create or hone works inspired by Bethel Woods exhibits and historic grounds.