String Orchestra Summer Program for Grades 3-6

The junior string orchestra program is a great summer opportunity for musicians in grades 3-6. Guided by teachers who specialize in working with young musicians, you will develop your ensemble skills and musicianship. You will also have the amazing experience of living and learning with other kids from all over the world.

Program length: 2 weeks
Program dates:
June 24, 2018 to July 7, 2018
July 8, 2018 to July 21, 2018
July 22, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Tuition: $3,945
Age range: Students currently in grades 3-6

During your two weeks here, you will have a variety of rehearsals, classes, and activities. Students rehearse and perform with either the Junior String Ensemble (view 2018 repertoire) or the Junior String Orchestra (view 2018 repertoire). Each group's repertoire is carefully selected to meet both the needs of individual students and the full group. Our goal is to create an environment where students of all skill levels can gain a sense of accomplishment and experience the joy of ensemble performance. Features of this program include:

  • Daily two-hour rehearsals start with an organized warm-up, and focus on basic ensemble skills and string pedagogy.
  • Students receive more personalized instruction from faculty during instrument sectionals.
  • In string workshop class, you'll develop your skills in sight-reading, rhythmic reading, bowing techniques, and improvisation.
  • Round out your experience with two additional elective classes. Your electives can be in music, or you can take the opportunity to study another art form, such as ballet, visual arts, acting, or creative writing. See elective options.

Each two-week session culminates with a public performance. Students are welcome to attend multiple sessions (a discount is offered). Students who attend for four or six weeks may take private lessons for an additional fee (private lessons are not available for students attending two weeks).

This program does not require an audition, but students must be able to read music to participate. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so your early application is advised. Advanced string players are encouraged to audition for the junior advanced string program.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen offers an honors recital competition for the junior division. Winners perform in an honors recital, which is held every other week. The competition requires a separate audition. Honors recital details


Dr. Jim Bates

Conductor, Junior Orchestras, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Orchestral Activities, Otterbein University

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