The Minnesota Orchestra is taking a page out of the Baltimore
Symphony's book by launching an immersive programme for adult
amateur musicians. The orchestra's two-day Fantasy Camp this
September will offer up to 50 people the chance to rehearse and
perform with the orchestra in Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall.
Participants will have two side-by-side rehearsals with the
orchestra, as well as separate sectional rehearsals, before joining
the orchestra in the second half of a 'season sampler' evening
concert to perform Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. The cost
for participants is $500, which includes ten tickets to the
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra launched its Rusty Musicians programme in February 2010, giving more than 400 adult amateur musicians the chance to perform with the orchestra. The experience has been repeated twice, and its popularity led the orchestra to establish the BSO Academy, a week-long programme in which amateurs can play and study alongside orchestra members.