Are you a string student looking for a challenging atmosphere where you can have fun and improve your skills? Join us this summer for the SMI String Camp at BGSU and meet many string players just like you! As a violin, viola, cello or bass player, you will receive individual guidance from members of the renowned string faculty at BGSU. Each student is assigned to one of two chamber orchestras, one for intermediate and one for advanced students. A typical day includes ensembles, an individual lesson, guest artist and faculty performances, and electives such as theory, ear training, yoga, or swimming. Students will have the opportunity to perform in the final orchestra concert and/or with smaller ensembles.


String camp is designed for students aged 12-18 with at least one year of middle school and/or high school string instruction. For any exceptions, please contact the director of the camp.

Honors String Quartet:

Advanced students are encouraged to apply for the Honors String Quartet, two violins, one viola, and one cello, who will receive specialized coaching with our faculty, and a full scholarship, including housing and meals.

Students wishing to apply for the Honors String Group must register and pay in full for the camp and submit a video recording (YouTube link) of a solo performance via email by May 20, 2019 to Professor Penny Thompson Kruse ( If selected, the student will receive a full refund of their fees.


Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of the camp. The Dorothy M. Price Scholarship requires an application form. Please check the Scholarships page for complete information.






June 16-21, 2019
Resident (includes housing and all meals): $575

Commuter (includes all meals): $450