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Strings Summer Serenade 2021

"I Got Rhythm!"

Instructor: Irma Cripe

Dates & Times:  Monday–Friday, July 12-16, 2021, at 8:45am–12:00pm
Final Concert:  Friday, July 16 @ 7:30 PM
Location:  Evergreen Campus, 680 Evergreen Road, Crownsville, MD 21032
Cost:  $200 per student (price increases to $225 after June 11)
Snack:  Light snack provided daily

Ears that hear and eyes that see—the LORD has made them both.
Proverbs 20:12

"...more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way into the
secret places of the soul and take strongest hold upon it."  Plato

Yes! You say, "I Got Rhythm!" because we all are able to feel rhythm: it permeates every melody and every harmony we hear. It is also present everywhere in God's amazing creation from multiplication tables to the sounds of the waves at the beach. Yet finding the exact words to describe it is difficult.  This summer, we will not try to define rhythm, but we will certainly help you feel it! Come join us and experience a wide variety of tempos, ranging from long, slow, peaceful pulsing, all the way to fast, exciting, and exotic rhythms.  This summer, it's all about the beat!

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.




Friday, July 16 @ 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.