Ages 11 – 18

Session: August 5 – 9
Registration deadline: MAY 1, 2024

Tuition: $800
Registration Fee: $45

Location: Warwick, NY

Registration is on a rolling basis until classes meet their space capacity.
Financial aid is available. Click here to download an application.


For intermediate and advanced level students


Overview

Whether you want to improve your string playing skills, prepare for your school orchestra program, or learn something completely new, Summer Strings offers a comprehensive week for violinists, violists and cellists of intermediate through advanced levels to learn from exceptional faculty members in group classes, individual lessons, practice time, lectures and presentations.

Students will receive at least two private lessons per week and will have the opportunity to review their progress and learn the best practice habits. The week will culminate with an informal performance.

For this program violinists, violists and cellists should be able to play two-octave major scales and have started to work on minor scales. Intermediate level corresponds to Suzuki books 3 and New York State School Music Association level 2. Students will be grouped according to their skill level.

Curriculum

The mornings will consist of group classes in each respective instrument, followed by either a private lesson or practice time. Later in the day, students are grouped into small ensembles. The schedule throughout the week will alternate between several classes including musicianship (music theory and history) and improvisation. Presentations will be offered on a range of topics including performance practice, essential composers, and repertoire selection as well as showcases by faculty members and guest artists. Movement classes will incorporate the Dalcroze method, which teaches students innate musicality through rhythmic movement as well as physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation. The schedule culminates in group classes before students depart for the day.


Camp Hours: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

No audition required. Participants will be asked to provide a video by May 1 for class placement.

A $450 tuition deposit plus the $45 registration fee is due upon registration. The tuition balance, and room and board if applicable, are due July 1.

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Sample Schedule

9:30 am – Violin choir, Viola choir, Cello choir
10:15 am – Lessons/practice
11 am – Outdoor recreation & snack
12:15 pm – Chamber ensemble
1:15 pm – Lunch
2 pm – Lessons/practice
2:45 pm – Musicianship, Improvisation, Recital, Lecture, or Presentation 
3:30 pm – Break
3:45 pm – Movement, Singing, Recital, Lecture, or Presentation
4:30 pm – Violin choir, Viola choir, Cello choir
5:15 pm – Pack-up


ALICIA ANDREWS, SESSION DIRECTOR 
Alicia is Assistant Director and Adult Division Manager at Kaufman’s Lucy Moses School and Producer of the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. She holds a BA in Theater from Williams College, has studied Dalcroze Eurythmics and is a former teaching artist at City Lights Youth Theater. Her directing, costume design and acting credits include Target Margin Theater, American Opera Projects (Lincoln Center Festival), Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Galapagos, HERE, 92NY's Makor Center. 

 

KEN KUBOTA 
Most know Ken, a cellist celebrated for his musicianship, as a YouTuber, social media personality, and for pioneering his unique style of playing the cello like a guitar. He’s one-third of the band Empire Wild and founder and producer of JHMJams, a video series of pop covers by classical and jazz musicians. Currently a Kaufman faculty member, Kubota holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM, MM), and has served on faculty at the Peabody Preparatory under Johns Hopkins University.

 

NUNÉ MELIK 
A Siberian-born violinist of Armenian origin, Nuné is an emerging artist on the international stage who proves that music has no limitations. From her highly acclaimed solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in 2016 to sharing the stage with Jimmy Buffett in 2019, Nuné approaches artistry at a new level. Internationally recognized as a specialist of the music of the Caucasus, Dr. Nuné Melik lectures in four languages.


 

SCOTT TAYLOR, SESSION DIRECTOR 
Arts administrator, music theorist, violinist and conductor Scott Taylor directs the Young People’s Division at Kaufman’s Lucy Moses School and also serves on the violin, theory and ensemble faculty at Greenwich House Music School. He earned a Master of Music in Music Theory from the Mannes College of Music in New York and studied orchestral conducting under Hynek Farkaĉ at Pražská konzervatoř (Prague Conservatory) in the Czech Republic.


 


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