Ensembles

Bishop Orchestra

Bishop OrchestraThe Bishop Orchestra is the senior orchestra at State Music Camp and is named after the founder of the music camp movement in Australia, Professor John Bishop OBE (1903-1964). In South Australia we were fortunate to have his son David, who contributed greatly to the SA Music Camp for many years.

Membership of the Bishop Orchestra is the ultimate aim of many young instrumentalists, especially string players who move through the ranks over a number of years. This can be a rare opportunity for many players to experience the inspiration of playing in a full symphonic ensemble. The Bishop Orchestra traditionally performs as the final ensemble at the annual State Music Camp concert, demonstrating a high level of orchestral music-making performing legitimate orchestral repertoire.

David Bishop OAM 1929 - 2011

The Committee of the South Australian Music Camp Association notes with sadness the passing of fellow Committee Member, and past President and former Director of State Music Camp, David Bishop. His life has been devoted to music, and especially to the support of young people participating in the performance of music. David Bishop will be remembered as a fine cellist, an inspiring teacher and a strong advocate of music education. His vision that every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument touched many thousands of lives.

Alexander Orchestra

Alexander OrchestraThe intermediate orchestra is named after Ruth Alexander (nee Kurtz) who assisted Professor John Bishop in establishing the music camp movement in Australia. Together they organised music camps at both state and national level with the crowning glory being the formation of the Australian Youth Orchestra in March 1957 which is a vital part of the youth music scene in Australia today.

At the annual National Music Camp the tradition of naming the intermediate orchestra after Ruth Alexander continues and many older generations of music campers still affectionately refer to memories of ‘Aunty Ruth’.

Shephard Concert Band

Shephard Concert BandThe symphonic wind ensemble, or concert band as it can also be known, was included in the stable of music camp ensembles during the 1980s as the growing number of wind and brass players could not be accommodated in the orchestras at camp. This type of ensemble had achieved prominence in the military, most notably in the USA and the UK.

The symphonic wind ensemble first appeared at National Music Camp in 1981 under the baton of George Logie-Smith and following a successful debut with young wind players, soon became a significant part of our State Music Camp.

The Concert Band has undergone several different name changes over the years. It has been renamed to honour David Shephard, one of our previous presidents, and recognises the strong support that he has given to the South Australian Music Camp.

Stimson Wind Ensemble

Hawkes Wind EnsembleThe Stimson Wind Ensemble (formerly Hawkes) has grown in leaps and bounds since it was introduced to music camp in its present format in 1995 and has recognised the growing need for high level concert band experience for players of primary school age. This ensemble is designed for young instrumentalists who have been playing a wind, brass or percussion instrument for a minimum of 18 months. The ensemble provides an opportunity to enjoy the experience of large ensemble playing when the player has not yet developed an advanced technique.

Rosemary Stimson OAM 1944 – 2018

The ensemble has been named after Rosemary Stimson, former President of the SA Music Camp Association. Rosemary began tutoring oboe at the SA May Music Camp in 1975 on the recommendation of her teacher Jiri Tancibudek.  She continued in this role until 2013.  From 1980 Rosemary joined the SA Music Camp Association committee, becoming Vice-president in 2000 and President in 2008.  She retired from camp in 2017, when she was awarded Life Membership for her significant contribution to the Association and students.  Sadly in April 2018, Rosemary passed away and she will be always be fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of meeting her.

Marcus String Orchestra

Marcus String OrchestraThe Marcus String Orchestra grew out of a junior symphony orchestra which underwent a transformation into an ensemble that specialises in playing string repertoire suited to players who are generally of primary school age. This is an excellent introduction to ensemble playing with an intensive, hands-on approach by the specialist tutors. Many young string players forge friendships that endure for the years they attend State Music Camp and are often surprised that new friends appear at other musical activities during the year around Adelaide.

Betty Marcus A.M. 1927 – 1998

The South Australian Music Camp Association would like to pay tribute to the late Betty Marcus who for many years was its Administrator and contributed much to the development and success from its inception. In memory of Betty, the string orchestra at State Music Camp is now named after her.