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 ( 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.

Concerto Competition:

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 some examples:
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
Not Acceptable:
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