String Crossings is a week-long camp where students can study classical, jazz, rock, celtic, swing, and bluegrass. Students have the opportunity to study with Belmont's world renowned faculty in group classes to learn multiple genres and learn from their expertise in a small ensemble in the genre of your choice. The small ensemble concludes the week with hands-on experience in a Nashville recording studio. They also participate in an orchestra, learn improvisation techniques, enjoy faculty performances, and immerse themselves in a fun week of making music with new friends. The week concludes with a concert showcasing the orchestra and small groups.
2017 Dates: June 18-23
Click here to listen to a music sample of previous camp participants!
A typical daily schedule:
- Group Class 1 (class by instrument in classical, jazz, rock, or fiddle)
- Group Class 2 (class by instrument in another genre)
- Small Groups (Coached by a Belmont faculty member in a genre of your choice)
- Orchestra (classical repertoire and alternative styles)
- Dinner/Free Time
- Jam Session (led by Belmont faculty and Belmont students)
- Faculty Concert (featuring a different style each night)
Why String Crossings?
- Learn and perform in a master class setting
- Meet other students who share similar passions
- Learn improvisation techniques for all genres
- Learn how to "chop"
- Record in a famous Nashville recording studio
- Build relationships and study with Belmont Faculty
- Learn about the Belmont admission and audition process
- Experience what life is like for a string student on Belmont University's campus
Successful "A-List" musicians who have full schedules recording and teaching in the Nashville area and touring with artists around the world. Learn more about the camp faculty here:
Orchestra Conductor- Robert B. Gregg
Violin - Elisabeth Small
Violin - Alison Gooding
Viola - Sarah Cote
Cello/Rock - Paul Nelson
Bass - Craig Nelson
Bass/Rock/Jazz - Roy Vogt
Fiddle/Jazz - Billy Contreras
Jazz/Rock/Electric Violin - Tracy Silverman
Fiddle - Tammy Rogers King
All camp counselors and faculty have received a background check prior to employment.
String Crossings Camp is open to all students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass in grades 9-12 (including incoming freshman and graduating seniors).
To apply for String Crossings Camp, please submit the following:
2) Camper Audition/Placement Video
Each prospective camper must submit a solo performance video recording on a flash drive (preferred), SD card, or DVD. Material submitted will be returned during camp check-in. The video recording should include up to two pieces and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. Please perform or edit a short excerpt of 2 to 3 minutes of your best work for each piece. This will be used to evaluate each camper’s playing ability, determine small group placement, and determine orchestra seating. If you have no experience with styles outside of classical playing but would like to participate in another genre, that is not a problem! We can place you based upon your classical excerpt. We are able to meet the needs of a wide range of playing experience at String Crossings, so please don’t be intimidated by this recording requirement. We just want to hear your best in order to provide the best possible experience for you at camp!
3) Recommendation letter
Please have your private teacher or orchestra director email a recommendation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org that highlights your strengths as a musician as well as what you could learn by attending String Crossings.
4) A $100 deposit
Enclose a $100 check made out to Belmont University to hold your place at camp. Upon acceptance, this amount will be applied to tuition and be non-refundable. In the event that an application is not accepted, the deposit will be refunded.
5) Please mail to:
Your entire application will be considered complete once we have received your application form, audition/placement video, $100 deposit, and an emailed recommendation letter. You will be notified of acceptance (by email) within three weeks of receiving your completed application. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with instructions to complete your registration online or by mail.
April 4 - Deadline to receive "early bird" $100 tuition discount
May 18 - Final deadline for all applications. Email email@example.com after this date to see if there is availability)
Camp Tuition: $950
Includes all meals (in the Johnson Center Dining Hall), classes, master classes, recording session, rehearsals, faculty concerts, day and night recreational activities, final Friday concert, and a String Crossings T-shirt.
Dorm accommodations: $150
Dorm accommodations are provided for campers only. Each hall will be supervised by String Crossings counselors and Residence Life staff. Security will be a priority. Roommates will be assigned randomly by gender unless roommate requests are indicated on the application form. Dorms are available from check-in (1pm) on Sunday, June 18 until check-out (9pm) on Friday, June 23. These dorm accommodations are optional. If a camper chooses not to stay on campus they will be referred to as a "commuter camper" and will have a strict sign-in and sign-out policy monitored by camp staff.
Early Registration Discount: A $100 discount is available to students who register prior to the "early bird" registration deadline.
Buddy Discount: A $50 discount per camper is available to students who register with a friend. They must each list the name of the other person on the application form in order to receive the discount.