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The WKU Summer String Institute is a concentrated week of study for violin, viola, cello, 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 Institute offers all students the valuable opportunity to deepen their knowledge of string playing in an engaging and exciting environment. The teaching faculty of the Summer String Institute includes WKU music faculty members and guest artist teachers.

Meet Our Faculty

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


Enrollment in the Twinklers - Half-Day is open to brand new beginners and students studying Suzuki violin in Books 1-3, Ages 4 and older. Students will participate in a group class led by one of our faculty members. Group classes are organized around age and skill levels. 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 for the week of the Institute. 

Tuition for Twinklers Half-day

Early Registration (March 1 – April 30): $150

Regular Registration (May 1 – June 30): $175

Last minute Registration (up until July 17th): $200



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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. 


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. 

For additional information and registration, click below.

Chamber Music Registration

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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 21nd


Location on WKU Campus - TBD

Registration -  Click here to Register

Please allow 10 minutes to fill out the registration form.  A paper 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 – April 30): $150

Regular Registration (May 1 – June 30): $175

Last minute Registration (up until July 17): $200


Young Musicians Full-day

Early Registration (April 1 – May 31): $195

Regular Registration (June 1 – June 30): $215

Last minute Registration (up until July 17): $245


Withdraw Policy    

To withdraw from participating in the SSI, you must notify the director in writing by emailing andrew.braddock@wku.edu. If you choose to withdraw after submitting this registration form, you will not be charged any tuition if you email before June 15. If you withdraw between June 15 and July 16, you will be charged 50% of the tuition fee. If you withdraw on July 17 or later, you will be charged the full tuition fee, regardless of whether you attend.


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


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 Last Modified 1/25/23