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Summer String Institute

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The WKU Summer String Institute is a concentrated week of study for violinviolacello, and bass students ages 4 - 18. Enrolled students will participate in master classes, group instruction, orchestral study, concerts, and musical enrichment on the campus of Western Kentucky University. The Institute features two courses of study:

-       Twinklers: a half-day session for young beginners             
-       A full-day session for elementary through high school age students

The teaching faculty of the Summer String Institute includes WKU music faculty members and guest artist teachers. The Institute offers all students the valuable opportunity to deepen their knowledge of string playing in an engaging and exciting environment.  



Twinklers - Half-Day 9:00am - 11:30am

Violin or Cello

Enrollment in the Twinklers - Half-Day is open to brand new beginners and students studying Suzuki violin and cello in Books 1-2, Ages 4 and older. SSI is designed to be a family experience and parents are encouraged to attend classes with their child and help them prepare for each days lessons. For brand new beginners, instruments can be rented from Royal Music for the week of the Institute. 


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Young Musicians -  Full- Day 9:00am –3:30pm

Enrollment in the Young Musicians – Full-Day is open to elementary through high school students who play violin, viola, cello and bass. Daily instruction will include lessons (in masterclass format), group classes, orchestra rehearsals, and music theory enrichment classes.  Full-day session includes lunch. Students enrolling in this session need to have a minimum of 1 year of experience and be proficient reading the notes on all 4 strings of their instruments. 


Additional opportunities for Young Musicians

Chamber Music Intensive

Study and perform chamber music in a focused and collaborative with SSI Students and Faculty

We are excited to offer this optional program withing the Young Musicians program. Selected students will rehearse chamber music (3 to 6 players) with fellow students and SSI Faculty. They will have daily coaching sessions with SSI Faculty members. Additionally, SSI faculty will collaborate with the students in these chamber ensembles, and will result in a performance at the Finale concert. 

Admittance into the Chamber Music Intensive is BY AUDITION ONLY. On the registration form, select the box expressing your interest in auditioning. Auditions will be held on the first day of SSI, and students are to prepare 3 minutes of music.


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Concerto Competition

Our second-annual concerto competition is open to ALL INSTRUMENTS. The winner will perform their solo in the Finale concert. Please Click here to read the guidelines and rules.

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Final Concert

The institute week will conclude with a concert involving all of the camp participants from both the half-day and full-day programs.  

Friday, July 24th


Location TBD

Students must arrive by 5:30pm. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

Registration - Click here to Register

Registration for the Summer String Institute is ONLINE ONLY.  Please allow 10 minutes to fill out the registration form.  An invoice from WKU will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form in July. It will have instructions on payment methods, handled through the WKU Cashier's Office.

To ensure that we have a T-shirt for your child, registration must be completed by July 1st.



Twinklers Half-day

Early Registration (March 1 - March 31): $125

Regular Registration (April 1 - May 30): $150

Late Registration (June 1 - July 1): $165


Young Musicians Full-day    

Early Registration (March 1 - March 31): $175

Regular Registration (April 1 - May 30): $200

Late Registration (June 1 - July 1): $215


Withdraw Policy    

You will not be charged any tuition if you withdraw before July 1. If you withdraw between July 1 and 22, you will be charged 50% of the tuition fee.


For more information, contact Camp Director, Andy Braddock at 270-745-5939 or andrew.braddock@wku.edu


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 Last Modified 12/4/19