String Intensive Study Program

Dates:  June 21 – July 19, 2020

Tuition Cost for All 4 Weeks:  $4,200 (discounted tuition till March 16)

Tuition Cost for 2 Weeks:  $2,100 (discounted tuition till March 16); June 21 – July 5  or  July 5 – July 19

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. 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.

To see the bios of the SISP faculty members, click here.
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 students are encouraged to participate in chamber music. Previously formed chamber groups are also welcomed. Please indicate on your application if you plan to participate in a previously formed group. Chamber ensembles receive weekly coaching with members of the instrumental faculty. Performance opportunities include recitals, worship services, and more.

Placement auditions are held the first Monday of the festival for chamber music. All students should come prepared to perform a work of their choice and sight-reading for this audition. 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

Updated October 11, 2019

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:

  • One movement of a solo Bach work
  • Exposition of one movement of a standard concerto
  • A movement from a piece of your choice, preferably of contrasting style and period

Guitar Application Requirements

1) A video recording of highest quality of the following:
Any two etudes from the following:
– Matteo Carcassi, 25 Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Opus 60
  • Fernando Sør, Twenty Studies (edited by Segovia)
  • Leo Brouwer, Etudes Simples
2) Repertoire, one piece from the following:
  • J. S.Bach, any work from his works for lute or cello, arr. for guitar (ex. BWV 996, BWV 998, BWV 999, BWV, 1007)
  • Francisco Tarrega, (ex. Lagrima, Adelita, Capriccio Arabe)
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos, any from Preludes, Etudes, Choros
  • Other work from Classical guitar repertoire which represents your current playing level and ability
3) Current résumé and/or list of musical experiences including repertoire studied/performed and ensemble experience