Emerald Isle String Haven

June 26th - July 1st, 2022

Colombiere Retreat Center,Clarkston, MI

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Music camp for adult string players

You love chamber music? You love playing in a string orchestra? You love learning more about how to improve your skills on your instrument? Come join us at Emerald Isle String Haven!

Passion for playing string instruments

Emerald Isle String Haven is a camp for adult string enthusiasts at every level. Our campers are motivated, and eager to play and learn.


Emerald Isle String Haven is not about who plays better. We provide a non-competitive environment where everyone can learn and enjoy at their own level.

Technique classes

Every morning, we work on scales and technique. You may learn a new technique, or revisit and polish the technique you already know about.

Chamber music and string orchestra sessions

Campers are assigned a chamber music group and a piece in advance, and work on it with coaches daily.

String orchestra! Everyone gets together and practice as one group. Coaches play in the orchestra, too.

Camp fire and evening activities

Gotta have a camp fire at a camp! We do a camp fire on the last night after the faculty concert. Otherwise, nothing is scheduled in the evening. You can go to downtown Clarkston for a delicious dinner, play music with other campers, or come listen to faculty quartet rehearsals.

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Camp Schedule (Sample)

Here is what the schedule is like:


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Takeshi Abo, Violin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, Alma College
Concertmaster, Midland Symphony Orchestra

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Karel Abo, Violin

Associate Concertmaster, Midland Symphony Orchestra
Violinist, Charleston Symphony Orchestra

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Reed Anderson, Viola

Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Toledo Symphony String Quartet

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Jamie Fiste, Cello

Associate Professor of Cello, Central Michigan University
Co-Founder, Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Plymouth, MA

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David Holland, Viola, Faculty Emeritus

Interlochen Arts Academy
Central Michigan University

Registration Form

For registration, please email

Takeshi Abo, ( for violin):

Jamie Fiste, ( for viola and cello):

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