String Odyssey – Current Camper

String Odyssey 2018 – CURRENT STUDENTS

We are busy updating our website! The information below is from 2017. Please check back until we have the 2018 info available for current campers! -Thank You!


QUESTIONS? To reach us before camp: or 804-788-4717 x144.  Week of camp: 804-326-4390



  • Camp Details

  • The information below is also available in a downloadable PDF!

    Medical & Other Important Forms (REQUIRED)

    Orchestra Project requires FOUR ONLINE forms to be completed and submitted BEFORE orientation day from every student.  Please submit by FRIDAY, JUNE 8.  Check out the required online forms page for complete details.

    No student will be able to participate without a completed set of forms on file!  Medications are to be submitted to camp directors at orientation on June 24th  – please submit LABELED medication in zip lock bag.

    Schedule – String Odyssey

    SUNDAY, June 24th Schedule | Check-in/Orientation/Reading Rehearsal

    10:30-11:30am:  DORM ONLY Check-in for resident campers ONLY!
    (RESIDENT CAMPERS: make sure to visit resident camper page for complete details!)
    11:30am:  Camp registration for ALL String Odyssey students at: Singleton Center for the Performing Arts on campus of VCU (922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA 23220)
    12:15pm:  Orientation Meeting (parent or legal guardian MUST attend meeting – but are free to leave after 1pm)
    1:00-3:30pm:  Placement auditions/full camp activity
    3:30pm:  Announcement of ensembles & snack
    4:00-5:00pm:  Orchestra rehearsal
    5:00pm:  Student dismissal in Singleton Center Lobby (NO carpool on Sunday!)
    Resident Campers: pizza dinner/ice breaker at dorm

    MONDAY — THURSDAY String Odyssey Daily Schedule

    8:45-8:55am:  Arrival
    9:00-12:15pm:  Rehearsal, Sectionals, Recreation
    12:15-1:15pm:  Lunch (VCU dining center or brown bag)
    1:15-3:15pm:  Rehearsal
    3:20-4:30pm:  Elective Class
    4:35pm:  Dismissal (Carpool line behind Singleton Center)

    FRIDAY, June 29th Schedule

    8:45-8:55am:  Arrival
    9:00-12:30pm:  Rehearsal, Sectionals, Recreation
    12:30-1:15pm:  Lunch (VCU dining center or brown bag)
    1:30pm-3:15pm:  Intensive Chamber Concert (Odyssey students will attend)
    3:30pm:  Final Camp Meeting
    4:00pm-6pm:  Ice Cream Social
    6:15pm:  Dismissal (Carpool line behind Singleton Center)

    SATURDAY, June 30th Schedule

    10-10:45am:  Resident Campers eat lunch @ Dorm (food provided)
    11-12:00pm:  Dorm Check-out @ Brandt Hall (Parents will be responsible for getting their child to Singleton by 12:30pm after dorm check-out.)
    12-12:25pm:  Carpool line will open for day campers (DayCampers need to eat lunch before they arrive)
    12:30pm:  Call time ALL students @ Singleton Center
    1-2:45pm:  Concert
    3pm:  Dismissal in lobby

    What to Bring (daily)
    Instrument Extra Strings & Rosin
    Folding Music Stand (clearly marked w/ Student’s Name) Roc stop & bass stool
    Pencils Light Snack
    Music Water bottle

    Other (if needed or optional):  Daily medication (if needed), spending money for lunch, brown bag lunch, camera, etc.

    Saturday Afternoon Performance

    Parents and families are invited to attend a closing String Odyssey and String Intensive performance that will feature the three orchestras at camp on Saturday, June 30th at 1pm in the Singleton Center for Performing Arts at VCU.  Families will be able to purchase a CD of the performance in the lobby prior to the concert.  String Intensive chamber ensembles will present a performance on Friday, June 29th at 1:30pm in the Recital Hall – Black Music Center, parents and families are also welcome to attend!


    Lesson slots are still available! Individual private lessons are held during regular camp hours and are excellent ways to get one-on-one time with professional VCU faculty and Richmond Symphony musicians during your week at camp. $35 for a 30-minute lesson (2 lesson maximum)

    Register for a lesson here!

    The schedule for private lessons (optional) will be sent out and posted here closer to the start of camp.  Lessons will typically be scheduled between 10am-12pm.

    Location for Check-in, Drop-Off, and Pick-up

    VCU Singleton Center for Performing Arts
    922 Park Ave, Richmond Virginia 23220

    Students will be accompanied by an Orchestra Project staff person when moving between buildings.

    Drop-off / Pick-up

    Daily carpool drop-off and pick-up will take place at the courtyard located directly behind the Singleton Center beginning on Monday.  Students may arrive to camp each day beginning at 8:45am.  Absolutely NO early drop-off.  Classes will begin promptly at 9am.  Day campers will be dismissed at 4:35pm –please be on time for pick-up.  A parent must sign-out their child each day.   Student drivers will be responsible for signing themselves out each day.  More details about Drop-off and pick-up will be explained at the Sunday orientation.  A parent/legal guardian must be present for the orientation meeting.

    If you are interested in carpooling with another student, please locate the student information spreadsheet (emailed closer to start of camp) sorted by zip code.  You will be responsible for making your own carpool arrangements.

    • Limited, free street parking is available.  On Saturday & Sundays, there are no restrictions for parking in the Fan…just keep in mind that it may take you a few minutes to find a space.  Be prepared to walk a couple of blocks.
    • Parking is also available 24/7 at the West Broad Parking Deck located at Broad & Harrison (1111 W. Broad St. – across from the Siegel Center).  Cost:  $1 for the first hour and $2 per hour for each additional hour for a maximum rate of $10 per day.  Credit/debit cards, RamBucks and cash are accepted.  If you need to pay with cash please use the pay stations located near the elevators.
    • Student drivers should park in the West Broad Parking Deck during the week (located at Harrison and Broad St.) – the cost is $10 per day.


    Participants may bring a lunch or purchase lunch at the VCU Shafer Court Dining Center (ALL meals are included in resident camper tuition).  The VCU Dining Center is a buffet style state of the art gourmet facility with plenty of choices.  The cost is $11.75 for lunch.  More info on Menu Choices can be found at

    What To Wear

    Daily Clothing: Casual clothing that is appropriate for the weather is expected each day.  Tee shirts must reflect good taste.  Bring comfortable shoes.  Appropriate shoes must be worn or brought to wear at the gym.  The VCU buildings can get quite chilly with the AC – you are advised to bring a sweater.

    Concert Dress:

    • Friday afternoon chamber concert:  The camp t-shirt, which students will receive at orientation, and shorts, that must be appropriate in length, or pants.
    • Saturday afternoon orchestra concert: White tops, black bottoms & black shoes dark socks or nylons.  No open toed shoes.  (NO jeans, tee shirts, sneakers, and flip-flops).


    Recreation will take place Monday-Thursday from 3:45-5pm at the award-winning VCU Cary Street Gym. Students must wear appropriate attire to the gym which includes athletic shoes – a student wearing sandals will not be allowed to participate.  Orchestra Project counselors will oversee students while at the gym.  Participants will have an option of several different activities at the gym each day (2 of the 4 days will include a swimming option – more details on which days will be given at orientation).  To participate in activities at the gym, students must wear athletic shoes – a student wearing sandals will not be allowed to participate.  

    Overnight Campers

    Complete details about check-in/out, packing list, counselors, etc. is located on the resident camper page – please read through all the information carefully!

    Important Contact Information – WEEK OF CAMP!

    If you need to reach an Orchestra Project staff member or your child during camp hours please call the OP Line at 804-326-4390.  This number will only be in use the week of camp, prior to camp please call the office phone number listed below.  You may always email  Please note:  If you call the office numbers you will NOT be able to reach us.  Our staff will not have office hours the week of camp.

    Directions to W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

    922 Park Ave.
    Richmond, VA 23220

    Traveling I-64 West to VCU

    1. Take Exit #190 for Fifth Street and Downtown/Coliseum.
    2. Turn right at the eighth traffic light, onto West Main Street.
    3. Follow West Main Street for about 13 blocks to Harrison Street (turn right).
    4. Go about 2 blocks to Park Ave. (turn right).
    5. VCU W.E.Singleton Center for the Performing Arts will be on your left (922 Park Ave.).

    Traveling I-95 South to VCU

    1. Take Exit #79 to right towards Powhite Parkway (Route I-195). Bear left off the ramp onto I-195.
    2. Take the exit for Hamilton and Broad Streets.
    3. Follow North Hamilton Street to Monument Avenue (second left) and turn left.
    4. Follow Monument Avenue east; its name will change to Franklin Street.
    5. Follow Franklin Street to North Harrison Street (turn right)
    6. At the first stop light turn left onto Park Ave. The Singleton Center for the Performing Arts will be on you left.

    Traveling I-64 East to VCU

    1. Take Exit #186 towards the Powhite Parkway.
    2. Take the exit for Hamilton and Broad streets.
    3. Follow North Hamilton Street to Monument Avenue (second left) and turn left.
    4. Follow Monument Avenue east; its name will change to Franklin Street.
    5. Follow Franklin Street to North Harrison Street (turn right)
    6. At the first stop light turn left onto Park Ave. The Singleton Center for the Performing Arts will be on you left.

    Traveling I-95 North to VCU

    1. Take Exit #74A onto Downtown Expressway, I-195 (The exit ramp is actually on the James River Bridge).
    2. Drive 1/2 mile, take exit for Belvidere Street (U.S. #1 & # 301). The exit will put you on Canal St.
    3. Canal Street will turn into Cumberland St after you cross Belvidere.
    4. Go 5 blocks on Cumberland St
    5. Turn right on Harrison Street.
    6. Go about 5 blocks to Park Ave. (turn right).  The Singleton Center for the Performing Arts will be on you left.
    String Odyssey Elective Classes – 2018

    We are in the process of establishing our list of electives for summer 2018.

    Sample Elective Options (from 2017):

    String Odyssey elective options are outlined below. Depending on the demand and rankings, only 5 or 6 of the 7 classes will be offered. Please see below for class descriptions, and then rank your choices in order of preference on the form below.  Forms need to be submitted by FRIDAY, MAY 25.

    ART CLASS – Lydia Baker, Instructor

    Art classes will take place in the art building at VCU. Students will explore different art techniques throughout the week.

    SING! – Matt Wilson, Instructor
    Learn about vocal technique and choral singing. We will sing some familiar songs and discover some new ones as we learn about good singing practices.

    UKULELE – Becky Jilcott, Instructor
    Open to all instruments. Learn the basics of Ukulele repertoire. By the end of the week students will be able to perform as an ensemble. Ukulele’s provided. Limited spots available.

    This class focuses on recording string instruments and fusing classical, hip-hop, and pop music. Topics include basic recording software and hardware, microphone positioning, classical crossover and music improvisation.

    CREATIVE WRITING: Hannah Slater, Instructor
    What does music look like? In this elective students will create a piece of writing based on their choice of music from Orchestra Project. Each day we’ll explore a new way of “seeing” music through different elements such as Time, Place, Color and Texture. Do you like music, visual art, and writing? Then this is the elective for you! All ages welcome!

    INVESTIGATING CAREERS IN MUSIC: Instructor TBD (grades 7 and up)
    Everyone has to grow up sometime. You love playing your instrument now, but can you actually have a career in music as an adult? In this elective, we’ll investigate music-related job options that you might not even know existed!

    PIANO ENSEMBLE: Aimee Halbruner, Instructor
    Calling all pianists (with 3 years of lessons or more)! Play the drums, cello, trumpet, or even sing like an angel – all from your keyboard! In this elective class we’ll be working on ensemble skills by playing some fun keyboard ensembles in the VCU keyboard lab. Appropriate for early intermediate/advancing players, able to read the grand staff and a variety of key signatures/meters fluently.


    Every student will play a placement audition on Sunday, June 24th to determine which orchestra they will be part of for the week.  The audition excerpts are posted here!  Please review the material carefully.

    Interested to learn how seating is done at camp?  Learn more about our seating philosophy!