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String Intensive Study Program

Dates:  June 19 – July 17, 2022

Tuition Cost for All 4 Weeks:  $4,500 (discounted tuition till March 15)

The String Intensive Study Program (SISP) is designed for passionate and motivated students desiring to refine technique, learn new repertoire, and prepare for auditions and performances. Combining one-on-one teaching with four hours of required daily practice time, this program encourages students to effectively integrate faith and art. SISP is open to qualified students ages 14 to 26, with consideration on a case-by-case basis outside these parameters. SISP faculty members oversee practice time, teach private lessons, and coordinate SISP classes. Students participate in performance classes, MasterClasses, and weekly private lessons as well as experiencing daily prayer, devotionals and other festival-wide spiritual activities to strengthen students’ faith. Please refer to the spiritual life section for more information.


Performance opportunities include:

  • Weekly Performance Class
  • Final Week SISP Recital
  • The MasterWorks Concerto Competition
  • MasterWorks Honors Recital Competition
  • Sunday Morning Worship Services
  • Chamber Group Recitals

SISP begins with one week of Chamber Music culminating in a weekend performance in Twichell Auditorium. Based on application/audition materials, students will be assigned to a small chamber group prior to the beginning of the Festival. Students are expected to practice their parts prior to their arrival at the Festival.  Chamber ensembles receive coachings with members of the instrumental faculty. Other performance opportunities include recitals, masterclasses, worship services, and more.

If participating in the Concerto Competition, students should be prepared to compete in the first week of the festival. Please note the deadline and requirements for Concerto Competition entry here. Those wishing to participate in the Honors Recital Competition should arrive at the festival with a recital piece (not a concerto movement) and be prepared to compete during week two of the festival.

String Intensive Study Program Audition Requirements

Applicants must submit:

1) Completed Application and application fee
2) Current résumé and/or list of musical experiences including repertoire studied/performed and ensemble experience
3) A video recording of highest quality containing: