Advanced Strings Summer Program for Grades 6-8

Why Take Advanced Strings

In this competitive program, you will study the full breadth and depth of stringed instruments. You'll prepare solo literature for performances, collaborate in small ensemble groups, and play in a full orchestra.

What You'll Learn

This program is comprised of eight violinists, four violists, and four cellists who are selected through an audition process. 

At Interlochen, you will spend your time participating in rehearsals, taking private lessons from our faculty, participating in masterclasses with guest artists, having dedicated practice time, and joining in collaborative art activities.

When you're not in class, you will have numerous opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and renowned guest artist presentations in a variety of art forms.

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
6 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 23, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • Applications CLOSED

Program Specialties

Chamber Music Study

String players will collaborate with pianists in the Intermediate piano program, and/or perform with other string students in duos, trios, or quartets. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with students in the High School Advanced String Quartet program.

Distinguished Coaching

Learn from Interlochen's accomplished faculty and visiting guest artists in chamber music coaching sessions.

Chamber Music Recital

Students will take part in two recitals during the summer alongside students in Intermediate Piano Program.

Meet the Faculty

Our summer program faculty members are conductors and musicians in some of the most prestigious orchestras and conservatories in the world. They serve as mentors, coaches, and inspirations to our talented students, and bring their real-world experience to camp every summer.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Renee Skerik

Renee Skerik, D.M.A.

Instructor of Viola and Chamber Music

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Students from the Advanced String program will have daily rehearsals with the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra, including two sectionals per week. The Interlochen Symphony Orchestra presents several concerts over the course of the session.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Additional Opportunities

Ninth grade is a year of choice: students in ninth grade may choose to apply for either this Intermediate Advanced Strings program or for the Advanced String Quartet for high school students.

What's it like to be an intermediate student at Interlochen Arts Camp?

Don't let us tell you! Hear from recent intermediate students (grades 6-8) to learn more about what it's like at Camp.