The advanced strings summer program is designed for highly skilled and motivated musicians in grades 6-9. As part of this program, you will prepare solo literature for performance, participate in collaborative playing, study sonatas, and participate in a full orchestra.
Selected through a competitive audition process, this program is comprised of four violinists, two violists and two cellists. During your time here, you will participate in rehearsals, private lessons, dedicated practice time, and collaborative arts activities.
You will have daily rehearsals with the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra, which are held in a three-hour block (including two sectionals per week). The ISO presents four public concerts over the course of the six week session.
In the collaborative sessions, you will experience:
- Chamber music: string players will collaborate with pianists in the advanced piano program, and/or perform with other strings in duos, trios or quartets.
- Sonata project: string and piano players will be paired to study collaborative sonata repertoire.
- Daily coaching from Interlochen's accomplished faculty and visiting guest artists.
You will also have weekly private lessons, and dedicated practice time on days when no lesson is scheduled.
Further round out your experience with one elective class. Choose another music class, or use to the opportunity to explore another art form, such as creative writing, theatre, dance, film, or visual arts. (See elective options.) When you're not in class, you will have numerous opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and renowned guest artist presentations in a variety of art forms.
Performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Kresge Auditorium was recently named one of the ten best outdoor performance venues in the nation by USA Today.
Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the intermediate division's full orchestra or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.
Audition recordings should demonstrate both technical and lyrical playing. Piano accompaniment is preferred, but not required.
- Audio or video file #1: A work from the list below
- Audio or video file #2: An additional work of contrasting style
- Audio or video file #3: Two scales
Advanced Strings audition repertoire:
- Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, 1st movement
- Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor, 1st movement
- Mozart violin concerti no. 3 or 4, 1st mvt plus cadenza
- Bach E major Partita, Predudio (1st mvt)
- Hoffmeister Concerto
- Handel Concerto
- Bloch Suite Hebraique
- J. C. Bach Concerto
- Shostakovich Sonata
- Brahms E Minor Sonata
- Saint-Saens Concerto No.1
- Lalo Concerto