As you begin to advance through the ranks of the local Youth Symphony, you will realize the hard work is beginning to pay off! Now is the time to begin planning for your continuing and enhanced advancement, to explore the upcoming adjudications/competitions during the school year, and note the timetables for applying to selective summer festivals!
Most adjudications/competitions have entry deadlines of January/February, but these deadlines vary from competition to competition and from year to year. Discuss with your private teacher which would be most appropriate.
Music camps and festivals most often have early deadlines (January) as well. These often involve submitting prepared repertoire, usually with piano accompaniment. The key to applying to great festivals on time is to plan ahead! Start now to select two or three camps/festivals, find out the repertoire requirements, and get the music learned and rehearsed early. Then the recording process can take place in late December, to ensure all deadlines are met. Most festivals are very selective of their applicants, so prepare well.
The classic music camp for which to apply is Interlochen Center for the Arts, located in Interlochen, Michigan. Interlochen has many areas of focus to choose from: orchestral and chamber music are most popular. Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, in Burlington Vermont, is terrific, also, and specializes in solo/chamber music. Indiana University String Academy, in Bloomington, Indiana, is great as well, for more solo/technique training.
Music camps and festivals can give you a great boost over the summer and also will look nice on a high school transcript! They are also great opportunities to meet with faculty you may like to try studying with in college!