Alma College String Day Camp
August 6th - August 11th, 2018
Chamber Music Camp for Young String Players
Alma College String Day Camp is a chamber music camp for young violinists, violists, and cellists who are enthusiastic about music. Students will learn the standard chamber music repertoire during the week.
Why the Camp?
There are many benefits of joining Alma College String Day Camp. The main focus of this camp is chamber music. Chamber music is a type of music written for small ensembles, typically from 2 to 8 players. Each player has his/her own part, unlike orchestra music where many string players play the same part.
By playing chamber music, students will learn:
- how to play in tune with other musicians
- how to blend sound with the other players in the group
- to listen and figure out how their part fits into the parts other musicians are playing.
- to be responsible on their part, and not rely on the rest of the section to cover up for them
- how to think critically and academically on their own instead of blindly following whatever a conductor says from the podium
- how to deal with individual differences in interpretations and opinions among the group
- great literature of chamber music which will take them to a higher level of musical maturity
It is either very difficult or impossible to learn any of what is described above during private lessons and orchestra rehearsals. It is important for string players to learn all of these mentioned above because the majority of the literature for strings involves more than one string player. String players are almost always playing with some other instrumentalists. Chamber music gives a perfect opportunity to a string player of any level to learn and polish these ensemble skills.
Monday, August 6th to Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Final Concert, Saturday August 11th at 3:00pm (Rehearsals prior to the concert).
Most of the camp activity takes place at Eddy Music Building of Alma College. Final concert will be held at Remick Heritage Center Presbyterian Hall on campus.
Alma College is located at:
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, Michigan 48801
Parking is available at Heritage Center parking lot. You can also park on the streets just south of W Superior St.
There will be four 50-minute sessions every day from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. These sessions mainly consist of chamber music rehearsals and coachings. Depending on the number of campers and their needs, there may be string chamber orchestra and music theory sessions as well.
Private lessons are available before and after the camp hours for violin and viola students (lesson fees are not included in the camp tuition).
Students will perform and showcase their achievement on Saturday, August 11th at 3:00pm at Remick Heritage Center Presbyterian Hall on campus. Besides playing their chamber music repertoire, students will have an opportunity to play their solo pieces at the concert. The performance is open to the public.
Requirements and Eligibility
Campers must be under 18 years of age at the time of the registration.
Camp participants are expected to be at the level of Suzuki, volume 4 or equivalent at minimum.
Registering before June 1st:
The tuition for the 2018 camp is $200.00 per student. If there are more than one student participating in the camp from one family, the tuition for the second student is $100.00. Tuition is due on the first day of the camp.
Registering after June 1st:
The tuition for the 2018 camp is $230.00 per student. If there are more than one student participating in the camp from one family, the tuition for the second student is $130.00. Tuition is due on the first day of the camp.
Please email to for registration. There will be a non-refundable $50.00 deposit fee at the registration.
Please email Dr. Takeshi Abo at for more information and questions.