Strings and Collaborative Piano Program

July 16th - 23rd


The Strings and Collaborative Piano program was created to provide quality, intensive, and nurturing pre-collegiate training for string and piano students ages 13-19.  

During the course of a week, all young artists receive private lessons, chamber music coaching, and music theory instruction from faculty and staff with active performing and teaching careers.  The festival orchestra performs two concerts featuring a variety of literature for strings. Dr. Jim Waddelow, our conductor, has a reputation for inventive programming and showcasing the work of living composers.  Each young artist is assigned to an age-appropriate chamber music ensemble. These chamber groups receive intensive coaching to assist emerging professionals in rehearsing, exploring, and preparing the work for performance on the final concert. Additionally, all students will have the opportunity to perform a selection from their solo repertoire during camp recitals.

All strings and piano students will attend workshops on:
- Music business and careers
- Auditions
- Wellness for musicians
- Music in college  

The Collaborative Piano division focuses on developing the collaborative and performance skills of aspiring pianists.  Each year, three to five late-intermediate to advanced pianists will be invited to participate. In lieu of playing with the orchestra, piano students will accompany several string students on solo recitals.  All students will also receive extensive coaching on their collaborative repertoire and participate in workshops discussing topics such as art song, realizing figured bass, accompanying musical theater productions, and more.


Orchestra/Strings Performances

Performance opportunities will include an afternoon PR concert to generate interest in the final concert, two solo recitals, and a full orchestra and chamber music concert at the end of the program.

Curriculum/Courses Offered

1. Each student will receive a minimum of 3 private lessons (Piano students will receive 2 private lessons and 4 group collaborative piano coaching sessions)
2. Each student will play in the festival orchestra (Piano students will accompany several peer performances on a recital)
3. Each student will be a member of a performing chamber group
4. Each student will be in an age-appropriate music theory class
5. Each student will attend a music business/careers in music workshop.
6. Each student will have the opportunity to perform as a soloist on a recital
7. Each student will attend and/or participate in a master class
8. Each student will attend an audition workshop
9. Each student will attend a Music in College Q&A
10. Each student will attend a wellness for orchestra musicians workshop

Notes for Collaborative Piano Students

Pianists will use designated orchestra rehearsals for lessons and practice time so that they can attend the lessons of the students they accompany during the afternoon string lesson block. Pianists should attend at least one lessons per student, preferably 2 of the 3 lessons if schedules permit.


If you have any questions, please contact
Dr. Jim Waddelow at instrumental@nextgencamp.com .