Youth Strings Camp

Youth Strings Week

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Chamber Music, String Orchestra, and Fun!

Grades 7–12

June 8–13, 2015

Last date for pre-registration is May 22

Be a part of the Summer Arts Festival at idyllic Eureka College!

Maestro David Commanday, Artist in Residence at Eureka College, directs the program and the orchestra, joined by a faculty of Heartland Festival Orchestra’s principals, who will coach and play side-by-side in the orchestra for the final performance. Every day’s schedule includes orchestra and small group rehearsals, performance and theory classes, and free social time. Resident campers stay in double rooms in the new, state-of-the-art Ivy Residence Hall on the Eureka campus.


Jose Valencia, Barbara Hedlund, David Commanday, and Sarah Gentry
Jose Valencia, Barbara Hedlund, David Commanday, and Sarah Gentry

David Commanday, Director-Conductor — Artist in Residence of Eureka College and Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Maestro Commanday has a distinguished career performing with both professional and student orchestras. Named Illinois Professional Conductor of the Year 2011, he is also Conductor of the Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra of Webster University’s Community Music School in St. Louis.

Sarah Gentry, Violin — Associate Professor of Violin at Illinois State University, and Concertmaster of the Heartland Festival Orchestra.

José Valencia, Violin — Principal 2nd Violin of the Heartland Festival Orchestra and Founding Music Director of the cutting-edge Indianapolis Orkestra Projekt..

Elizabeth Rust, Violin — Assistant Concertmaster of the HFO, Ms. Rust performs solo recitals, chamber programs, appears as soloist with orchestra, and teaches a private studio in Peoria.

Diane Wuthrich, Viola — Principal Viola of the HFO, She is an active teacher, orchestral player and chamber musician in Central Illinois.

Barbara Hedlund, Cello — Principal Cello of the HFO, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville Symphony, Prairie Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, and Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Festival.


5-Day Residency: $475 (Includes 3 meals, snacks, Ivy Hall residence dorms)
All-Day Student: (9am–8:30pm) $360 (Includes lunch, dinner, snacks)
*Limited need and/or merit scholarships available to qualified students.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00am Breakfast
9:00 Sectional Rehearsal
10–11:45 Tutti Rehearsal
Noon Lunch
1:00pm Tutti Rehearsals 2:30 Break
3:00 Class – tba: Theory / History / Playing Safely / Sight Reading
4:00 Snack, Recreation – free time
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Chamber music / small ensemble
8:30 Free time, optional movie, or practice opportunity (Day students return home)
10:00 In dorms – Popcorn, personal time and fellowship
11:00 Lights out

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Application Process

String-playing students from 7th through 12th grade are welcome

Complete the application by clicking on the button below. Upon approval, you will be sent a link and code to enroll for Youth Strings Camp. At this time, a non-refundable deposit of $50 per person will be due by May 22, 2015. Make checks payable to Eureka College with memo “Youth Strings at Eureka 2015.”

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