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 Group:
Advanced students are encouraged to apply for the Honors String Group, a select group of two violins, one viola, and one cello, who will serve as principal string players of the advanced chamber orchestra, receive specialized coaching with our faculty, and a full scholarships, 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, 2017 to Professor Brian Snow (email@example.com). 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.
A new addition for 2017 will be a concerto competition, held on the
morning of June 12th. Students who would like to participate and have
prepared a movement of a concerto which can be played with string
orchestra accompaniment (please see below for guidelines) will play
portions of that movement for a panel of faculty. The faculty will
choose one or two students to perform their concerto movement with the
advanced ensemble on the final concert. If you are interested in
participating, please contact the camp director, Caroline
Chin. Note: your piece must be approved by the faculty beforehand
as suitable for our advanced ensemble to play. To give you an idea of
the kinds of concertos which would be acceptable, we have provided
Most concertos from the Baroque and many from the Classical era such as:
Bach violin concertos
Vivaldi violin or cello Concertos
Haydn violin or cello Concertos
Concertos which contain significant wind, brass, or percussion parts. This would include some concertos from the Classical era and most concertos from the Romantic and Modern eras such as:
Beethoven violin concerto
Schumann cello concerto
Tchaikovsky violin concerto