Summer String Camp

TWO PATHS:  Chamber Music  &  Orchestra


DATES: June 10 – 13, 2024. TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily in the Moody Music Building. CONCERT: Thursday, June 13, 4:00 p.m.

Our camp is mainly a commuter camp. Parents of out of town participants who need hotel suggestions, should contact Dr. Jane Weigel at

Summer String Camps are open to students from middle school – high school (rising 12th grade).

All interested students will submit a video application for acceptance (unlisted YouTube video) and seating placement. Videos will be reviewed starting February 10 with a firm deadline (last day to send) of May 4 (Saturday).

STEP ONE:  A non-refundable application fee ($20) is required with your video.


Select “Camp Video Submission Fee” on the Course/Class menu.

STEP TWO:  Send  your  YouTube  unlisted  video  link  to:

Violin/Viola to

Cello/Bass to

Videos will be reviewed by Professor Jenny Gregoire and Dr. Thomas Maternik-Piret and applicants will be notified of acceptance and seating placement by May 10. A link to enroll will be sent in the acceptance email.

The firm enrollment deadline is May 22 (forms/payment completed). Music will be emailed to enrolled participants by May 24.

Chamber Music Camp seats one player on a part, therefore seating is limited. Students not selected for Chamber Music Camp will automatically be placed into Orchestra Camp.

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: – Each applicant must submit the following material for their video audition:

a) Two three-octave scales with arpeggios if wanting consideration for placement into Chamber Music; two two-octave scales and arpeggios if wanting Orchestra.
b) Recordings of two contrasting works that best represents their solo playing. An etude is acceptable as a work.
– Piano accompaniment is acceptable, but not required.
– Applicants may submit one recording containing both works or two separate recordings.
– Performances must be unedited.

Students will be seated in one of these camps:

Chamber Music Camp

Chamber Music Camp is for students of advanced ability. Our expectation is to seat three string quartets. These select chamber ensembles will each be coached professional artist musician-teachers including School of Music string faculty member Jenny Gregoire (violin), CMS teachers Mollie Reynolds (viola), and Dr. Thomas Maternik-Piret (cello). Chamber Music Camp format also includes instrument-specific masterclasses and a culminating concert. Although our two summer string camps operate during the same week, Chamber Music Camp students do not play in Orchestra. An add-on private lesson is available subject to camp staff schedules. Cost is $230. Limited scholarship funding is available by application – email for details.

Orchestra Camp

Orchestra Camp is for students of intermediate to advanced ability. Our camp conductors come from the Tuscaloosa City Schools and from the University of Alabama School of Music. Camp structure includes instrument-specific technique/sectional classes, orchestra rehearsals and instrument-specific masterclass. Orchestra Camp concludes with a concert. Cost is $230. Limited scholarship funding is available by application – email for details.

Summer String Camps over the years: