Advanced Strings Summer Program for Grades 6-9

Through a competitive audition process, four violinists, two violists and two cellists will be selected for this intensive program designed for highly skilled and motivated players in grades 6-9. All advanced string students will study and prepare solo literature for performance, participate in collaborative playing, focus on sonata playing (string/piano), and participate in orchestra. All students are eligible and encouraged to enter the concerto competition and will participate in several performances and master classes.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 21, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Tuition: $8,115
Age range: Grades 6-9

Summer 2014 programs have concluded, but we'd love to have you join us next year! Join our mailing list, and you'll be among the first to know about summer 2015 programs.

Daily rehearsals are held in a three-hour block, including two sectionals per week.

Collaborative Arts activities consist of the following:

  • 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.
  • Participants will receive daily coaching from Interlochen's distinguished faculty and visiting guest artists.

Private lessons are given weekly.

Dedicated practice time is available on days when no lesson is scheduled.

One additional elective (see elective options).

Audition Requirements

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

Concerto Competition

Interlochen offers a separate concerto competition for High School and Intermediate divisions. Winners in the High School division will perform with one of the division’s orchestral or wind ensembles. Concerto competition details >>