Advanced Strings Summer Program for Grades 3-6

Interlochen's four-week advanced strings program is ideal for the skilled and motivated young string player seeking extensive personal instruction. The program is designed to build confidence through positive experiences while taking on literature that will challenge the student to push the boundaries of his or her abilities. Open to students who will have completed grades 3-6.

Program length: 4 weeks
Program dates:
June 22, 2014 to July 19, 2014
Tuition: $5,715
Age range: Grades 3-6

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.

The program includes two-hour rehearsals, sectionals, daily chamber music activities, dedicated practice time, and classes exploring a variety of topics such as music history, theory, technique, musician wellness and movement exercises. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other string players or pianists and may be able to audit master classes or receive coaching from visiting guest artists. Students are strongly encouraged to audition (prior to camp) for the honor recitals.

String orchestra rehearsals are two hours long and begin with an organized warm-up. 

Sectionals, music theory and movement exercises are taught on a schedule that rotates daily.

Private lessons are given to campers once a week. On non-lesson days, musicians will have dedicated time to practice. 

Daily chamber music activities give campers the opportunity to participate in string quartets. Participants may also have the opportunity to audit master classes and receive coaching from visiting guest artists. 

Practice hour provides musicians with additional daily practice time.

Electives are not offered with this program.

Audition Requirements

Prepare and record two works that represent your overall ability.

Submit these as two (2) video audition files containing one (1) work each. Examples for each instrument are listed below, but a musician is not limited to these choices. Piano accompaniment is preferred, but not required.

  • Violin: Concerti by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart
  • Viola: Concerti by Telemann, CPE Bach or movements from the Bach Cello Suites
  • Cello: Concerti by Golterman, Haydn or movements from the Bach Cello Suites

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen offers an honors recital competition for the Junior division. Winners will perform in a special honors recital at the end of each two-week session. An audition is required, and is due by May 16, 2014. Honors recital competition details >>