Junior Strings

String Orchestra for Grades 5-8:

Instrumental Coaching, Classes, and Fun!

June 11–15, 2018


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

Junior Strings is a day camp for younger, less advanced string players,  who have completed grades 5 through 8.  The music we play will challenge campers just enough –  offering them a focused but fun experience, leading to a successful final concert! Rehearsals, sectionals, and classes will zero in on fundamentals of tone production and left-hand technique, and music’s basics: rhythm, intonation, and beginning theory.  Everyone will grow in what they know and can do – as individuals and in ensemble playing.


David Commanday
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 Music Director of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony and Conductor of the Young Peoples Symphonic Orchestra at Webster University, St. Louis.

Kristin Witzig Schmidt
Kristin Witzig Schmidt, violin – music educator and owner of Schmidt Strings Studio; founder of the Morton Studio Chamber Orchestra and the South Side Mission Youth Orchestra; violinist with the Heartland Festival Orchestra

David Getz
David Getz, viola, violin – orchestra teacher at Morton High School

Peter Martin
Peter Martin, viola, violin – orchestra teacher at Morton Junior High School


Typical Daily Schedule (10 – 2:30)

10:00 String Orchestra Chapel (McAllister Hall)
11:00 Sectionals
Noon Lunch
12:45 Class
1:45 String Orchestra



$265 (Includes all instruction, activities, lunches, and camp t-shirt.)
$250 if paid in full by May 1, 2018
*Limited need and/or merit scholarships available to qualified students.


Application Process

String-playing students from 5th through 8th grade are welcome

Complete the application by clicking on the link below (or the button above right on this page). Upon approval, you will be sent a code to enroll for Junior Strings Camp. For enrollment there is a minimum deposit of $50 per student – the deadline for depositing is June 1, 2018. Deposits and tuition payments can be made through a paypal link on the enrollment page, or there is an option to mail in a check.

Pre-Register online

2018 Tuition

$265 ($250 if paid by 5/1/18)

includes all instruction, activities,

lunches, and t-shirt.