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

Recreation is an important part of each day.  Students spend about an hour each day at the VCU Cary St. Gym and participate in activities such as: volleyball, racquetball, rockwall, soccer as well as other fun sports.  A way for students to relax, socialize and have fun away from their instruments.

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