Alaska String Camps offers three different sessions tailored to specific age groups, ensuring an appropriate blend of fun and learning. In addition to orchestra rehearsals, campers receive music instruction in small groups. Each camp culminates with a family concert on the final evening. Determine which camp is right for you at the bottom of this page.
Recreation activities include swimming and boating in the lake, volleyball, kickball, and hanging out in the playground area. Organized cabin competitions include a unique relay race, capture the flag, a skit night, and the clean cabin award. The teaching staff presents a fun and inspiring concert, and sometimes there is opportunity to sing around a campfire with s'mores, or to dance in the main lodge. There's an optional early morning polar bear swim, too!
Housing is in comfortable rustic cabins which hold ten campers and two chaperones--usually a parent and a high school or college assistant.
Meals focus on nutritious foods that young people enjoy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus an afternoon and evening snack are shared daily.
3 Days, $390
Elementary Camp is for students who have completed grades four, five or six with at least one school year of playing experience and/or private lessons on their string instrument. For three days and two nights students enjoy orchestra rehearsals, fiddling, music theory, and small group lessons with a professional violin, viola, cello or bass specialist.
4 Days, $500
Intermediate Camp is for students who have completed grades seven or eight with at least one school year of playing experience and/or private lessons on their string instrument. Students enjoy four days and three nights of orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, music theory, improvisation, and small group lessons with a professional violin, viola, cello or bass specialist.
5 Days, $550
High School Camp is open to students who have have played for at least two years and have completed at least one year of high school. In addition to orchestra rehearsals, campers choose from a variety of elective courses. Previously offered electives have included music in movies, fiddling, composition, ballroom dancing, music of different cultures, theory, chamber ensembles, electronic music, and individual lessons with a professional violin, viola, cello or bass specialist. The camp is five days and four nights.