Advanced Strings Summer Program for Grades 3-6

Why Take Advanced Strings

Are you a highly skilled young musician who is looking to push the boundaries of what you can accomplish? Then the Advanced Strings program is just for you. At Interlochen, you'll tackle challenging literature, receive extensive personal instruction, and perform alongside other passionate musicians from across the globe.

What You'll Learn

During your time here, you'll rehearse, take classes, participate in artistic activities, and perform on stage at one of our historic and revered venues.

Coursework will include:

  • Sectionals, music theory, and movement exercises
  • Weekly private lessons with dedicated practice time on non-lesson days
  • Techniques classes 
  • Practice hour, which provides additional daily practice time
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • May include auditing master classes and receiving coaching from renowned visiting guest artists

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Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
4 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 23, 2024 to July 20, 2024
Age Range
Junior (Grades 3-6)
  • Applications CLOSED

Junior Honors Recital

Interlochen offers an Honors Recital competition for musicians in the Junior Division. Juniors accepted into the finals will perform in a special Honors Recital scheduled mid-week during the 2nd week of your session.

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Junior violinists rehearse in the Music Center.

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Students from the Advanced String program will have daily rehearsals with the Junior String Orchestra—a large ensemble that rehearses two hours daily, and has two performances during the session. We also offer an Honors Recital competition for our Junior Division music students. 

Additional Opportunities

Sixth grade is a year of choice: students in sixth grade may choose to apply either for a junior session or for the Advanced Strings summer program for grades 6-8.

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty includes musicians and educators from prestigious institutions all around the world. They are eager to help you achieve your goals and grow as a young artist. 

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.


Jim Bates

Jim Bates, Ph.D.

Instructor of Adv. Strings

A taste of the arts in every direction

Listen in as junior students and Camp Life staff share what they love most about the junior experience at Interlochen Arts Camp—and what sets Interlochen apart from other summer programs.

Make friends. Make art. Make it the best summer of your life.

Do what you love all day long (play music!) in the most beautiful setting imaginable. Nestled in the woods between two lakes, be sure to join us at Interlochen Arts Camp this summer!