Youth Strings Camp

Youth Strings Week

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Chamber Music, String Orchestra, and Fun!

Grades 7–12

June 13–18, 2016

Last date for pre-registration is June 1

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

Maestro David Commanday, Artist in Residence at Eureka College, directs the Summer 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, Summer Arts Director, Conductor, Cellist, Director of Instrumental Performance at Eureka College, and Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Maestro Commanday has a distinguished career performing with both professional and student orchestras. He is currently also Conductor of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony and of the Young Peoples Symphonic Orchestra at Webster University, St. Louis.

Sarah Gentry, Violin — 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.

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


5-Day Residency: $490 (Includes 3 meals, snacks, Ivy Hall residence dorms)
All-Day Student: (9am–8:30pm) $375 (Includes lunch, dinner, snacks)
*Limited need and/or merit scholarships available to qualified students.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 Breakfast Commons
9:00 Sectional Rehearsal (Day students arrive) Ivy Hall
10:30 Orchestra Rehearsal Chapel (McAlister Hall)
12:00 Lunch  
1:00 Chamber Music ‐ coached Ivy Hall
2:15 Break  
2:30 Class ‐ Varied musical and string topics Chapel (McAlister Hall)
3:45 Free time Ivy, Campus
5:00 Dinner Commons
6:00 Orchestra Chapel
7:00 Chamber music ‐ rehearsals Ivy Hall
8:15 Fun Time ‐ movie, games (Day students depart) Ivy Hall
10‐10:30 Snack ‐ then in rooms Ivy Hall
11:00 Lights out Ivy Hall

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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 June 1, 2016. Make checks payable to Eureka College with memo “Youth Strings at Eureka.”

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