Tunisian musicians a big hit in New York
I went to a summer music camp, called NYSMF (New York Summer Music Festival) from June 25th to July 10th. It's an interesting camp because we can do many things: besides music, there is a composition program and an acting program. The ambiance was excellent, I met many people and everyone was very nice and helpful. Personally I loved this festival. I had a wonderful experience, and the days I spend there are unforgettable.
I wanted to try something new, so I took the musical theater, opera scenes, and chamber choir classes. I also participated in the orchestra, and I took violin and singing technique classes. I had 3 violin private lessons, and 2 singing private lessons. I had a busy and exciting schedule. I wanted to work hard, so I had lessons all day without a break:
7:45 to 8:45 : Violin private lesson
9:00 to 10:00 : All NYSMF choir and the announcements
10:10 to 11:00 : Violin technique
11:05 to 12:30 : Symphony orchestra
1:00 to 1:45 : Singing technique
2:00 to 2:50 : Chamber choir
3:30 to 4:30 : Musical theater
4:45 to 5:45 : Opera scenes
5:45 to 6:45 : Singing private lesson
7:30 : Activties
At the end of the session I participated in 5 performances: on Friday the 8th, I had the opera scenes and the musical theater performances. On Saturday the 9th I had the orchestra, chamber choir and all NYSMF choir performances. I was scared before all of the performances, but as soon as I went on stage, I forgot everything and I had fun.
I had the special opportunity to work with John Frederic West during the master class, and I also had a private lesson with him. He gave me many names of Arias and songs to work on, he also invited me to his house with my friend if I come back next year to the US, to have private lessons with him. I was amazed by his voice.
I also had a wonderful teacher, Blayth Walker who encouraged me to sing art songs in front of people. I learnt so much from her.
One day, we went to a lake, not far from the camp. The view was amazing, I had fun with my friends and the weather was very nice.
We went to see the opera Carmen, and it was the first time I've seen an opera. I would love to be Carmen someday. It was definitely the best day of the festival.
Thank you so much for your contribution, for giving me the opportunity to go to such an amazing festival.
At the beginning, I was scared and stressed and I wanted to go back to NY, but at the end of the session, I couldn't stop crying because I didn't want to go home, I didn't want to say goodbye to my new friends.
I hope I'll go back to this camp next year.
Amani Jebali sent the following note:
Before i go the camp, I went to NYC with my friend where we met our teacher, Kimball Gallagher. When we was there, we went to time square "my favourite place in NY", it was incredible and a magical place, also we went to central parc, juilliard school and a lot of places there. It was really cool because NY is a very beautiful place to visit. Then,we went to washinton DC, and I really liked this place , it was totaly different of NYC but i really liked it . We went to many museums and it was beautiful. It's a great experience to see another culture different of the one of your country . I loved this part of the trip.
The next step was going to the camp:
In the camp, I had lessons all the time :
From 9:00-9:50: All the Nysmf choir with Mr Isaac and it was so fun .
From 9:50-10:05: Daily annoucements with Mr Keiskue .
From 10:10-11:00: Cello technique.
From 11:15-12:30: The orchestra and we played "Nabucco of G.Verdi " and "Capriccio espagnol of N.Risnky-Korsakov, op34"
then, I had 30 minuts for lunch be cause from 1:00-1:50 I had foundations of vocal technique with Mrs Blythe Walker .
From 2:00-2:50: Chamber choir with Mr Isaac too .It was one of my favourite lessons during the day because Mr Isaac was really funny and nice . We sang Shosholoza of Lotti Helmut ,Abendlied of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, My lord what a morning of Joan Baez.
From 3:30-4:30:Original Musical Theater P&W with Mr Keiskue and we wrote a musical idea called" Mister Keiskue " by the NYSMF players 2011 .
From 4:45-5:45:Vocal ensemble /opera scenes with Mrs Blythe walker ( my favourite teatcher).
From 5:45-7:00: Dinner but sometimes from 5:45 to 6:45 I have a private voice lesson .
then, after that we have an activity but everyday we have a different one .
In the last day,I had performance with the chambre choir and I had a solo in "My lord what a morning " as a soprano with an alto and a bass we sang together , also, a performance with the musical theater , the opera scenes , the orchestra,and all the NYSMF choir.
The camp was amazing and the thing that i really liked about it was the people there ,
, they are so funny, so kind and nice. At the begenning ,before I go to the camp, I was scared that people won't accept us because we will be the only strangers there but I was wrong, they really loved us and we made a lot a friends and we lived together magical moments .The best day that i really liked was the day when we went to the baseball game. Also when we went to watch Carmen, It was really amazing.and the day of skating was one of the best too we had a lot of fun .
I lived there an experience that i can never forget, it's the master class that I had with Mr John west, he encourage me to sing and he told me many things that was really helpful in my life and he invited me with Senda to his house , he was really nice.
The camp, was the best experience ever , I spent the best days in my life that I can never forget and I met many amazing people that I can never forget too and all of this is thanks to you because you helped us and gave us the chance to prouve that we were talented and merit what you did for us , and thanks to you, we realised our dream and we lived the best and the unforgettable days in our lives so thank you for everything.
Senda Zayati (front row, left) and Amani Jebali (front row, second from right) sing in a choir at the New York Summer Music Festival