High School Advanced String Quartet Summer Program

If you would like to expand your artistic understanding of string quartet repertoire and experience the joy of studying and performing with fellow serious string players, this program is an excellent summer opportunity. In addition to working with your quartet, you'll also perform with one of our premier full orchestras.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $9,600
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

Your day will be split between intensive string quartet rehearsal and coaching, and playing with either the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (view 2019 repertoire; 2020 repertoire coming soonor the Interlochen Philharmonic (view 2019 repertoire; 2020 repertoire coming soon). Enrollment is limited to sixteen students, comprising four quartets. (Pre-formed quartets will not be accepted as a group.)

This program features an outstanding faculty and guest artists. Students work with faculty in weekly private lessons and daily quartet coaching, and also have master classes with guest artists and quartets-in-residence. Recent guests have included Joel Smirnoff, Avalon String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet, Parker String Quartet, and Turtle Island String Quartet.

This program is a very focused experience. While quartet students do not take electives outside the music curriculum, you will have daily quartet seminar with our resident string quartet, while working towards a recording project in our state-of-the-art recording studio at Interlochen Public Radio.

lnterlochen also offers many opportunities to enjoy presentations in music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film, and visual art. Each summer, Interlochen presents an inspiring lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.



In addition to the string quartets, students in this program rehearse and perform with either the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (watch video) or the Interlochen Philharmonic. These are outstanding orchestral experiences for advanced high school students. The faculty includes preeminent instructors who have extensive experience with major symphony orchestras. Repertoire is chosen from traditional and contemporary masterpieces, as well as other influential genres. The orchestra programs regularly feature some of the greatest artists in the world. Recent guest soloists include Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Koh, Awadagin Pratt, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Midori, and many others.

Performance Venues and Opportunities

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.

Each large ensemble performs six concerts throughout the summer. There are also numerous quartet, chamber and solo recitals. Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the high school division's full orchestras or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.

Audition Requirements

  • Video or audio file #1: Choose one movement from a piece listed in the suggested audition repertoire list, or choose a piece of comparable difficulty. Selections of contrasting style, and piano accompaniment when appropriate, are recommended.
  • Video or audio file #2: Choose one movement from an additional piece.
  • Video or audio file #3: Prepare one major and one minor scale.
  • A short resume listing your string quartet experience. 

Applicants to the Advanced String Quartet program are strongly encouraged to submit video. To be considered for the Interlochen Orchestral Scholars Program, applicants must submit a video audition or attend a live audition, by January 15, 2020.

Helpful tip: place the microphone about six feet from your instrument.

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