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String Orchestra Camp

Sunday, June 25 - Saturday, July 8, 2017


When campers from around the world practice and perform together under the instruction of some of the finest orchestra instructors in the country, amazing things can happen. The two-week String Orchestra Camp immerses campers and works to develop their technical skills and musicianship. Each camper will perform in one of three string orchestras and one of two symphony orchestras or the chamber orchestra.

A string camper’s musical day begins at 8:00am and ends at 5:00pm. Each day is divided into eight class periods and includes an hour break for lunch. Students will also play in small chamber ensembles and attend daily sectional and master classes, music theory class, and supervised practice. Campers put down their instruments at 5:00pm, but the day isn’t over yet! Each evening, students can participate in recreational activities such as bowling, swimming, movie nights, ice cream socials, game nights and more.

Performance opportunities are an integral part of the camp experience. On the first day of camp, each student will complete a brief placement audition to determine their orchestra assignment. Each student will play in one of our string orchestras (the Amati, Guarneri or Symphony Strings) as well as one of our full orchestras (the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra or the Chamber Orchestra). With these two orchestra assignments, as well as a chamber music ensembles, each student may participate in as many as three public performances at the end of camp!

Camp Details

Eligibility Campers must have attended grades 7-12 in the ‘16-’17 school year.
(Rising 7th graders during summer 2017 are not eligible).
Ability Level All ability levels; campers should have at least one year of school instruction or equivalent
Cost for Day Campers $489.00
Includes tuition only. No housing or meals.
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  Balance is due by June 12. 
For full payment and refund details click here.
Cost for Overnight Campers $900.00
Cost includes tuition and housing with three meals per day.
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  Balance is due by June 12. 
For full payment and refund details click here.
Other costs Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks and optional recreation activities.   More information is provided in the camp handbook.
Camp Check-In Sunday, June 25, 2017
Between 9:00-2:30pm (EST)
All campers must attend check-in. If you can not arrive during the designated times due to extenuating circumstances, arrangements must be made in advance with the camp office.
Camp Check-Out Saturday, July 8, 2017
A final concert will be held on this day at 9:00am. Check-out will follow the performance.
Audition Required?

No audition is required to register. 

There will be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your orchestra and chair placement. Once assignments have been made, they will not be changed.

Campers should prepare the following for the audition:

  • Two scales of your choice
  • One solo piece that best demonstrates your playing ability
  • You may also be asked to sight read

An optional audition will be held during camp for the Honors Solo Recital.

How to Register Registration for all other instruments will open on January 9, 2017.  You can register online or by mail. 
Click here for registration information.
Applicable Discounts Online Early Bird, Event, Ability, Matching, Workshop and FSU Faculty/Staff Discounts apply to this camp.
Visit the Discounts page to learn more.
Instruments All campers must bring their own instrument to camp.

Concert Schedule

Concert times are subject to change.


Honors Solo Recital**:                   Wed., July 5 7:30pm

Chamber Ensembles:                    Friday, July 7 8:30am

Symphony Chamber Ensembles: Friday, July 7 1:30pm

String Orchestras Concert:           Friday, July 7  7:30pm

Final Concert:                              Saturday, July 8 9:00am

All campers will perform in one of the Chamber Ensembles Concerts, the String Orchestras Concert, and the Final Concert. 
**Campers wishing to perform in the Honors Solo Recital must audition.

Important Things To Note Camp will continue as regularly scheduled on July 4th. Campers are expected to participate in all scheduled activities.
Camp Handbooks
Day Camper Handbook (coming soon) Overnight Camper Handbook (coming soon)
What To Pack Specific packing information can be found in your handbook, but click here for a quick list of some camp essentials.
Private Lessons

This camp offers students the option to sign up for private lessons at an additional cost of $50.00 per 50-minute lesson.

All lessons are organized and paid for in full at camp check-in. Payments for lessons are payable by cash or check only and checks must be made payable directly to the instructor. 

Lessons are scheduled with a teacher based on availability. The lesson will take place during lunch or during a sectional rehearsal; no lessons are scheduled outside of the 8am-5pm class day.

Shuttle Service Do you need to be picked-up at the airport or bus station?  Read more about our Shuttle Service here.  
Deadline to request shuttle service is June 12. 
Extra Housing

Housing at the dorm begins at the designated check-in times.  But we know that travel arrangements sometimes require you to arrive early or leave late.   An extra night of housing is required if you are arriving the day before check-in, arriving anytime between midnight and 8am on check-in day, or leaving the day after check-out. Read more about extra housing here.

Deadline to submit an extra housing request is June 12.


Read more about dorm rooms and roommates here.

The roommate request form is one of the supplemental camp forms which you can submit online on by mail.  Click here to access the supplemental forms.  Deadline to submit a roommate request is June 12.  

Ensemble Conductors Include

David Pope, Director of Camerata Orchestra, Case Western University and Director of Orchestras, Elyria City Schools, Cleveland, OH 

James Palmer, Orchestra Director and Fine Arts Dept. Chairman, Allatoona High School, Acworth, GA

Rebecca MacLeod, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 

Matt Davis, Director of Strings, Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Lakeland, FL

Sarah Morrison, Overture Strings Conductor, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, Orlando, FL

Kevin Ray, Orchestra Director, Cy-Fair High School, Cypress, Texas

6:45-7:45am Breakfast
8:00-8:50am Orchestra Rehearsal
8:55-9:40am Chamber Music
9:50-10:35am Orchestra Rehearsal
10:45-11:45am Sectionals
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:15-2:00pm Music Theory
2:10-2:55pm Masterclass
3:00-5:00pm Orchestra Rehearsal
5:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activity - see below
10:00pm Curfew


Sunday Orientation
Monday Movie Night, Bowling, Swimming, or Individual Practice
Tuesday Faculty/Staff Concert
Wednesday Swimming, Fun Station, or Individual Practice
Thursday IMAX Movie, Movies, Individual Practice, or Roller Skating
Friday Movie Night or Individual Practice
Saturday Daytime trips to Wakulla Springs and the mall; Evening Dance
Sunday Daytime cook-out and games; Evening Variety Show
Monday Faculty Concert
Tuesday Big Band Concert
Wednesday Concert: Honors Solo Recital
Thursday Honors Chamber Winds Concert
Friday String Orchestra Concert

Past String Orchestra Camp Repertoire

Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla; Mikhail Glinka
Swing There, Done That; Martin Norgaard
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 Mvt IV Finale: In the Hall of the Mountain King; Edvard Grieg
Serenade for Strings; Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Danza; Vaclav Nehlybel
Four Royal Dances; Eric Ewazen
Danse Bacchanale; Camille Saint-Saens
Symphony No. 2 "Romantic"; Howard Hanson
Hungarian March; Hector Berlioz, Arr. Steven L. Rosenhaus
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80; Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 8, Op. 88; Antonin Dvorak
Symphony; Georg Philipp Telemann, Arr. Robert Bauernschmidt
Pavane for a Dead Princess Pavane pour une infante defunte; Maurice Ravel, Re. Ed. Clark McAlister
Little Suite for Strings Op. 1; Carl Nielson
Marche Slav; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Company; Philip Glass
Mein Vaterland; F. Smetana
Overture "Poet and Peasant"; Franz Von Suppe
Hungarian March (Rakoczy March); Hector Berlioz
An American in Paris Suite; George Gershwin
An American Symphony for Strings No. 2; Jeffery S. Bishop
Symphony for Strings No. 1; Jeffery S. Bishop
Pines of Rome; Ottorino Respighi
Serenade, Op. 242; Carl Reineke
Overture to Candide; Leonard Bernstein
Polovtsian Dances; Alexander Borodin
English Folk Song Suite; Ralph Vaugan Williams
Romanian Folk Dances; Bela Bartok
Elegy, Op. 58; Edward Elgar
Simple Symphony for String Orchestra; Benjamin Britten
Fanfare for the Common Man; Aaron Copland, Arr. R. Longfield
Firebird Suite; Igor Stravinsky, Arr. M. Isaac
Overture to Nabucco; Giuseppe Verdi
Symphony No. 5, Op. 47; Dmitri Shostakovich


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