July 8 - 21, 2018
Bring your game to a new level with UNCSA's internationally acclaimed artist-faculty,
including chamber music and solo masterclasses with cellist Brooks Whitehouse and Europe's top violin teacher, Ida Bieler. Then, bring your level to a new game with state of the art breakout sessions in bluegrass,
jazz and extended string techniques with award-winning jazz musician Christian Howes.
You'll find yourself rehearsing a Beethoven quartet in the morning and jamming on
a twelve-bar blues in the afternoon!
How We Are Unique
In today's music world, you have to be both highly skilled on your instrument and
versatile in your approach. This means combining an expert technique with an open-minded
exploration of all types of music.
SummerStrings is the only program in the state that can offer both top-level classical
training and exhilarating experimentation in multiple genres.
Come join us for a two-week intensive like none other! Bring your game to a new level, and your level to a new game!
Students are provided numerous opportunities to perform both in masterclass and in
recital on our weekly Student Showcase Concerts. This summer we are adding a special
Mock-Audition event to give students the opportunity to perform audition rep for their
peers. As well, the SummerStrings faculty perform each week on faculty recitals in
The primary focus during the first week of SummerStrings will be on solo repertoire.
Each day will begin with simultaneous masterclasses for each instrument, in combination
with individual practice time. Students will also receive one private lesson per week.
Our afternoons will consist of daily chamber music coachings and rehearsals. Every
SummerStrings participant will be placed in a chamber group which will perform on
our final Showcase Concert in UNCSA's magnificent Watson Hall.
Our second week will focus largely on improvisation, in collaboration with visiting
artist Christian Howes
. These will include workshops from his Creative Strings Academy on tonal improvisation,
free improvisation, and the internalization of harmony, voice-leading, scales, and
modes. Chamber music coaching will continue throughout the second week, as will private
SummerStrings also provides daily yoga or Alexander classes, and Special Topics Seminars
on a variety of subjects, such as Bow Technique, Intonation, Chamber Music Rehearsal
Technique, Performance Anxiety, and Marketing and Social Media.