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 19, 2018 to Professor Caroline Chin ( 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.


Guest Artist


    Dr. Henrik Karapetyan has had an extensive career as a performer and teacher both in his native Armenia and US.  Earning his degree from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in Armenia (Prof. Suren Hakhnazaryan’s class) he relocated to Detroit, USA,  and in 2010 earned his Doctorate in violin Performance from University of Michigan, under the guidance of Prof. Aaron Berofsky.  

    Dr. Karapetyan has won awards for his performances and academic work, performed as a soloist with orchestras, and led at least half-dozen orchestras in Armenia and USA as a concertmaster.  In 2015, he was invitrd to be a part of the inaugural All Armenian World Orchestra in Paris.  As a chamber musician and soloist he has appeared, among others, in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Armenian Philharmonic Hall, and Komitas Chamber Music Hall, performing alongside with musicians such as Isabel Bayrakdaryan and Serouj Kradjian.  In 2015 he co-founded the Karapetyan Brothers Project with his younger brother, Hrayr Karapetyan, with two successful North American tours in 2016 and 2017 as well as performances in Europe. Mr. Karapetyan’s doctoral research on Armenian Medieval Chant and its application in modern composition inspired an own composition and a commissioned work, both premiered in University of Michigan’s Britton Auditorium in 2010.  Mr. Karapetyan is also active in the field of Baroque Music performance and folk music.  His initial, more theoretical interest in different styles of traditional violin playing has evolved into an alternative career of numerous performances, as a member of several local bands, among them “Klezmephonic” (Klezmer and Balkan music), Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet (Near Eastern, Alternative Jazz, Oriental Fusion) and Duo Mosaic (original arrangements of Irish, Eastern European, Latin and American traditional melodies), making him one of the most sought-after folk violin players in SE Michigan. 

    Henrik Karapetyan is currently a member of the prestigious Michigan Opera Orchestra, and he appears frequently as concertmaster in community and regional orchestras in Detroit Metropolitan area. He performs close to 200 concerts and events annually.  He has recorded 6 CD-s appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and folk violinist, and his solo project will be released in late 2019.





Resident (includes housing and all meals): $575

Commuter (includes all meals): $450