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Strings Summer Serenade 2019

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Instructor: Irma Cripe

Dates & Times:  Monday–Friday, July 8-12, 2019 at 8:45am–12:00pm // chamber orchestra to 12:45 pm
Final Concert:  Friday, July 12 @ 7:30 PM
Location:  Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bowie, 2807 Church Road, Bowie, MD
Cost:  $185 per student (price increases to $200 after June 15)
Snack:  Light snack provided daily

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”

Psalm 37: 23-24


Are we there yet?? As a human race we have always longed to get there faster and more comfortably than just walking. Man began taming horses to speed up transportation as early as 4,000 BC. People in biblical times couldn’t use planes, trains, or automobiles to get places, but they did use camels, chariots, many different types of ships, and the occasional giant fish. This summer we will Take the A Train, ride a donkey down the Grand Canyon, go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride, and in general play some great and fun music about horses, camels, ships, and many different types of fast machines written long, and not so long ago, for transportation purposes.

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 audition necessary; the minimum entry level required is Suzuki Book 2 or comparable.



Friday, July 12 @ 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.