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Strings Summer Serenade 2022


Director: Irma Cripe

Dates & Times:  Monday–Friday, July 11-15, 2022, at 8:45am–12:00pm (full orchestra), 8:45am-1:00pm (advanced chamber orchestra)
Final Concert:  Friday, July 15 @ 7:30 PM
Location:  Evergreen Campus, 680 Evergreen Road, Crownsville, MD 21032
Cost:  $250 per student ($275 after June 30)
Snack:  Light snack provided daily

"Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain."
Psalm 127:1

We need many tools for daily life and we glorify our Lord when we use them properly. Artists and composers have often been inspired by the items around them, from the simplest tools required for everyday living to those special inventions for life’s great endeavors. This summer we will play selections spanning many different genres of music inspired by anything from eating utensils to war weapons; useful items like clocks, metronomes or plows, to the digital world of cell phones, GPS’s, and video games.  

The camp consists of two separate orchestras divided by playing level, plus a cello ensemble for all levels.  Each group will perform both individually and together at the final concert. The repertoire will challenge and stimulate every student according to his skill level, while providing a fun and enriching summer experience. All music will be mailed two weeks before camp begins, and students are strongly encouraged to practice the music ahead of time to maximize their enjoyment.

No auditions necessary; the minimum entry level required is Suzuki Book 2 or comparable.
This camp is not intended for true beginners.





Friday, July 15 @ 7:30 PM

For further information, please contact Irma Cripe at

Materials required:
  1. Instrument in proper working condition with all extra needs (rosin, shoulder rest, floor strap, etc.).
  2. A music stand, a black ½-inch binder, pencil with working eraser.
  3. Younger cellists should bring their own special chair.

All music will be provided and emailed beforehand for the purpose of practicing.


No auditions necessary; the minimum entry level required is Suzuki Book 2 or comparable.
There will be two separate orchestras and a cello ensemble.
Students will be assigned accordingly in order to ensure proper command and full enjoyment of the repertoire.

  1. FULL Orchestra ~ Should have completed Suzuki Book 1 (or comparable) and be able to read music accordingly; this camp is not recommended for very early beginners.
  2. CHAMBER Orchestra ~ Playing level comparable to Suzuki Book 4 and above; solo opportunities for the more advanced players.