Good to Know
WHAT TO BRING
Temperatures can range from 55 to 85 degrees F in one week! Campers and their families stay in rustic cabins with roll-down canvas sides, so be prepared for very cool (or very warm) nighttime temperatures. Bathrooms are also rustic and communal, a short walk from the cabins.
Warm and cool weather clothing
Nice clothes for concert (not too fancy!)
Bathing suit & beach towel
Flip-flops or shower shoes
Sleeping bag or warm blanket
Electric fan and extension cord
Bed-sized mosquito netting and string for hanging it
Sports equipment (tennis racquet, fishing rod, etc.)
Music (including piano accompaniment, if solo is not in Suzuki literature)
Rosin, pencil, metronome, cello strap
Extra strings (there is no music store, so please plan ahead)
Registration is from 2-3 p.m. on the first day of the institute. Chamber music rehearsals begin at 3 p.m.
Each student has 4 or 5 classes per day: a combination of master classes, group classes, orchestra, music and movement, chamber music, and play-ins. One of the pillars of the Suzuki philosophy is that parents are actively involved and present for their child’s master classes and group classes.
All students are encouraged to play in one of the daily solo recitals. The day you perform will be determined when you check in. Pieces must be memorized and polished. Please bring the piano accompaniment for any piece outside of the Suzuki literature.
Arts & crafts, swimming, impromptu sports (tennis and field sports) are available each day, as well as informal chamber music reading for parents and students each evening.
The waterfront is open at specified times with a certified life guard on duty for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
Evening events include a play-in, a faculty recital, and a scavenger hunt.
On the final night of camp, participants perform in a concert. After the concert, everyone is invited to a festive dessert banquet.
Check out time is approximately 3 p.m. on the final day.
Please note that unfortunately families cannot bring pets onto the Ogontz Camp site at any time, per Camp Ogontz bylaws.
Take advantage of the drive to do some extra listening!
Via MA and east: North on Rt. 93 into New Hampshire. Look out for Exit 38 with the sign for Sugar Hill – one of several Rt. 18 exits. Turn left for Sugar Hill. Take a right in Franconia and go through the village to Rt. 117 where you take a left. At the end of Rt. 117 go right on highway 302. Take your next left onto Lyman Rd. Continue 3 miles on Lyman Rd. Take a right fork onto a dirt road. The sign will say Ogontz, and you are there! If you miss the camp road and come to Tinkerville store you know you have gone too far.
Via CT, west MA and VT: North on Rt. 91 from Hartford to Rt. 302 in Wells River. Go east on Rt. 302, cross the river through Lisbon and make a left onto Lyman Rd. shortly after Rt. 117 on the right. Then proceed as above.
Via South Maine: Rt. 95 to Portland. West (and north) on Rt. 25 to Rt. 93 north. Then proceed as above.
At WMSI@Ogontz, we sit down together as a community for three delicious meals a day, many prepared using vegetables, eggs, and other ingredients grown and produced on Ogontz property. Vegetarian, gluten-free and other diets are accommodated to the extent possible. Everyone contributes to the life of the community by participating in a daily 30-minute chore.