Strings Summer Program for Grades 6-9

Spend your summer under the direction of esteemed conductors, tackling challenging repertoire carefully chosen for musicians in grades 6-9. During your time here, you will grow as a musician and artist, and experience the joy of performing with fellow young musicians from around the world.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to July 18, 2020
July 19, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 3-6
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.

Students in the three-week strings for orchestra program perform with one of the two large ensembles:

  • In the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra (view 2019 repertoire; 2020 repertoire coming soon) you will perform challenging, full orchestra and string orchestra repertoire.
  • As part of the Intermediate Concert Orchestra (view 2019 repertoire; 2020 repertoire coming soon) string orchestra, you will further develop technique and ensemble skills.

In this program you will experience:

  • Daily orchestra rehearsals, including two sectionals per week.
  • One period of chamber music/performance skills each day, which gives you a chance to work in small ensembles with coaching. The purpose of this class is to help you to develop small ensemble performance techniques and improve musicianship skills. Those needing extra help in basic and essential skills will be given additional instruction during this period. Students are placed in groups of similar experience levels.
  • Weekly private lessons with a member of our distinguished faculty and dedicated practice time on days when no lesson is scheduled.
  • Round out your experience with two elective classes. Choose from other music classes, or use the opportunity to explore another art form.

When you're not in class, you'll have numerous opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and renowned guest artist presentations in a variety of art forms. 

Performance Venues

Audition Requirements

  • Audio or video files #1 and #2: Two solo works of contrasting style. There is no required repertoire for intermediate applicants. Piano accompaniment is not required.
  • Audio or video file #3: Two major scales.

Concerto Competition


Dr. Andres Moran

Conductor, Intermediate Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Orchestras and Artist-Teacher of Horn, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Aaron Tenney

Instructor of Double Bass, Conductor of Intermediate Concert Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Lansing Symphony Orchestra; Professor of Bass, Cornerstone University; Director of Music and Arts, NorthPointe Christian Schools, Grand Rapids MI

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