Advanced String Quartet Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Advanced String Quartet

Performing in a string quartet offers an entirely different experience than that of an orchestra—it requires additional trust, leadership, and personal accountability. During your time in the program, you'll experience the joy of learning, bonding, and performing with fellow young string musicians in your quartet, in addition to your work in the orchestra.

What You'll Learn

This program is a demanding but thrilling experience comprised of rehearsals, coachings, and performances. Your day will be spent between playing with your quartet and participating in one of our premiere large ensembles: World Youth Symphony Orchestra and/or Interlochen Philharmonic. The curriculum includes:

  • Daily quartet coaching
  • Daily quartet seminar
  • Weekly private lessons
  • Master classes with guest artists and quartets-in-residence

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
6 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 23, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

Program Specialties

String Quartet Work

You will devote your time expanding your understanding of string quartet repertoire, creating a shared goal as musicians, and strengthening your own individual voices for the benefit of the group.

Distinguished Coaching

Students accepted into the Advanced String Quartet Program will have their own dedicated coach for daily coaching sessions. You'll learn from Interlochen's accomplished faculty and visiting guest artists in one-on-one private lessons.

Chamber Players

Perform on stage with our artist-faculty as they lead student ensembles in large chamber music performances of standard and contemporary repertoire.

Meet the Faculty

Our summer program faculty members are conductors and string 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

Lenny Schranze

Lenny Schranze

Instructor of Viola

Guest Artists

In past summers, advanced string quartet students have learned from and collaborated with the following guest artists:

    • Joel Smirnoff Conductor, Violinist, former Chair of Violin at The Julliard School, current President of the Cleveland Institute of Music
    • Avalon String Quartet
    • Cavani String Quartet
    • Emerson String Quartet
    • Pacifica String Quartet
    • Parker String Quartet
    • Turtle Island String Quartet

    Program Highlights

    Performance Opportunities

    Each large ensemble performs multiple concerts throughout the summer. Students also have the chance to participate in numerous quartet, chamber, and solo recitals.

    Recording Project

    Throughout the program, your quartet will work together to produce a recording in our state-of-the-art recording studio at Interlochen Public Radio.

    Additional Opportunities

    String players may also be interested in the following one-week intensives, which will be held before the Advanced String Quartet program: Cello IntensiveViola Intensive, and Violin Intensive. Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music program majors for grades 9-12.

    In a string quartet, you have four different people with totally different ideas coming together and making music.

    Johanna, Music

    "It's more than just a classroom setting"

    Take a sneak peek at what draws students from all over the world to our summer program. From master classes with special guests to the joy of bonding with fellow musicians, students share what they love most about Advanced String Quartet.