Designed for advancing string players currently in grades 8 through 12, String Intensive provides a week of workshops that encourage students to dig deep into chamber and string orchestra music.
Admission into String Intensive is by audition only – learn about audition requirements and deadlines here.

Highlights of String Intensive

Orchestra Rehearsal

The String Intensive orchestra meets for at least 2 hours each day.  Summer of 2016 was be led by VCU’s Director of Orchestral Activities, Daniel Myssyk.

Faculty-led Chamber Music

Students are placed in chamber groups performing works of great composers.  Unique to String Intensive, Orchestra Project faculty coach and play in the chamber groups making for a rich and unique learning opportunity for students.  When students get to perform alongside a professional musician, their musical horizons change. Chamber ensembles present a performance on Saturday afternoon in the VCU Black Music Center.


Students attending String Intensive receive at least 3 sectionals throughout the week. The one-hour coaching with Orchestra Project faculty gives students the opportunity to focus on their orchestra part and fine tune items specific to their section.

Private Lesson

Now included with tuition!  All String Intensive students will receive 1 50-minute lesson during the week (included in tuition). Private lessons will typically be scheduled during the 10am-12pm orchestra rehearsal – students will be notified of lesson time at Sunday’s orientation.  Students are welcome to bring outside literature to their lesson to work on with the faculty one-on-one. Though many take the opportunity to work on their chamber or orchestra repertoire from camp during their lesson.

Masterclasses/Technique workshops

Workshops focus on instrument technique or musical concepts and are taught by Orchestra Project Faculty and guest artists. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Music Technology
  • Masterclass
  • Artistry of the Bow
  • Scale Class
  • Sight Reading
  • The Relaxed String Player
Exploring the Campus

Exploring the campus is an important part of the intensive day. For about an hour each day we visit different destinations – from the library audio studios, the motion lab, the VCU Gym and more.  Exploration time is a way for students to relax, socialize and have fun while still engaged in learning in a larger sense. Practice time is rotated into the exploration part of the day to give students individual time to absorb some of what they have learned.

“My daughter was thrilled and inspired!” – Orchestra Project Parent