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String Crossings Camp

Save the Date: June 18-23, 2023

More information to come. 

String Crossings is Belmont University’s annual week-long summer camp where current high school string students learn and perform music from a diverse set of genres including classical, jazz, rock, celtic, swing, and bluegrass. Students have the opportunity to study with Belmont's world renowned faculty, explore creative musicianship and technique in all styles, participate in interactive performances, and immerse themselves in an exciting week of making music with new friends!

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String Crossings is open to all students who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass in grades 9-12 (including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors).

 

Students playing the cello.

 

Questions?


Email the camp director at stringcrossings@belmont.edu with any questions!

 

Why String Crossings?


  • Become a complete musician, as you study and perform in a variety of genres.
  • Learn and perform in a classical master class setting.
  • Learn commercial music improvisation techniques.
  • Learn basic and advanced techniques of various genres from the faculty at Belmont University.
  • Learn how to “comp” like the pros.  Melody, playing chords, chopping…you can do it all on your string instruments!
  • Ask direct questions about careers as a musician from professionals in the Nashville music industry.
  • Build relationships and study with the faculty at Belmont University.
  • Learn about the admission and audition process at Belmont University.
  • Experience what life is like as a string student on Belmont University's campus
  • Meet students from around the country who share your musical passions.
 

Faculty


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 with their links below:

Commercial Violin/Viola and Artistic Camp Director - Ryan Joseph

Classical Violin - Elisabeth Small

Classical Violin - Veronica Joines

Classical Viola - Sarah Cote

Classical Cello - Carmine Miranda

Orchestra Conductor- Robert B. Gregg

Commercial Violin - Billy Contreras

Commercial and Electric Violin - Tracy Silverman

Commercial Bass - Roy Vogt 

All camp counselors and faculty have received a background check and minor training prior to employment.

Required Materials for Application:


  • General Application Information (name, address, contact info, etc.)
  • Small Group Preferences
  • General Music Info (your background, repertoire list, previous experience)
  • Application Fee of $100 (major credit and debit cards accepted)

Once all the elements of a student’s application have been received, camp staff will review the application and notify the student of acceptance within three weeks by email. This email will contain further instructions to complete registration and payment details.

A note about Small Groups:

All students are placed into one Small Group. These Small Groups expand on techniques in a certain genre such as Classical, Jazz, Fiddle/Bluegrass, or Rock/Pop. They rehearse every day and prepare a piece to perform. Think of this as a focus for the week. Feel free to try something new! The next question refers to which genre of Small Group you would like to be in for the week of camp. We try to honor as many first choices as possible, however due to instrumentation we sometimes have to use a student's second choice.

 

2022 Cost


Resident Camper: $850.00 (Dorm Accommodations)

Includes dorm accommodations, all meals (in the Johnson Center Dining Hall), classes, master classes, recording session, rehearsals, faculty concerts, evening recreational activities, final Friday concert, and a String Crossings T-shirt.

Commuter Camper: $550.00 (No Dorm Accommodations)

Includes all meals (in the Johnson Center Dining Hall), classes, master classes, recording session, rehearsals, faculty concerts, evening recreational activities, final Friday concert, and a String Crossings T-shirt.

 

Still have questions? Email the camp director at stringcrossings@belmont.edu