Hello, my name is Beth Lutt. I am and have been a resident of Berkeley since 1954. Bob, my late husband, and I founded Berkeley’s Cazadero Music Camp in 1957 and have contributed to the ongoing development of Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in its current form continuously. I support and respectfully request our Berkeley City Council approve the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp 25-year lease renewal at the December 1st meeting.
Cazadero Performing Arts Camp “CAZ” provides a “once in a lifetime” immersive educational experience for young people and its campers. Over the years many campers have commented to me that they learned more and gained more music experience at camp than they had in the previous year in school or with home music instruction. At the root of their comment is their learning to love making music.
I attribute this deep love to the mentoring that the camp counselors and staff provide for each group of campers in the Cazadero redwoods setting. The campers are assigned to groups with a role model that loves music and is focused on music education as a potential career. Also, and most importantly, it is the beauty and isolation that the redwood setting provides that is ideal for campers to just flourish and focus on their craft.
Our counselors and guest conductors are often CAZ alumni. There is a “magic” in their revisiting the camp that invokes the deep tradition of the love of CAZ and music in the redwoods. This heritage is due to the over 60 years of the City of Berkeley supporting the camp for its residents and students of music and the arts.
I ask that the City of Berkeley renew the lease for the next 25 years and be proud of the tradition of music education that has been built at Cazadero Performing Arts.