Making music together is the heart of Strings Camp. Every student is offered the opportunity to belong to a small ensemble. Chamber music, along with orchestra, master classes, solo recitals, and even Frisbee on the front lawn (!) make Strings Camp a fun and rich learning and social experience. Students receive ample attention from experienced, empathetic faculty and support from teen mentors who are advanced players. The student experience is enriched by afternoon presentations from related creative disciplines. (Past camps have included tango performers, a theater coach, and a drum circle.) All students perform in the final concert on Friday.

A placement audition is required for all students before enrolling, including Levine students and those who have attended in the past. The placement audition aides us in making repertoire and ensemble assignments. (Without an audition we cannot guarantee group and repertoire assignments will be the best fit for the student.) Friendly in-person placement auditions at the NWDC campus and over Zoom will be held throughout the spring.
Please register for a placement audition here:


Please note: to participate students must have one year or more of private study and read at the Bach Minuet level. Students who have two years or more of school orchestra experience and possess strong technical and reading skills may also be accepted. Previous ensemble experience is not necessary. The camp fosters an engaging atmosphere in which experienced students are challenged. Students new to chamber music will receive an excellent introduction.

The camp experience requires some preparation of repertoire in advance effort that results in individual and group success. The music will be sent out in early July.

Sample Schedule
10:00 Orchestra
11:00 Master Class
1:00 Small ensemble
2:00 Musicianship/musical creativity
3:00 Presentation or concert

*Early drop off is available for an additional charge, beginning at 9am. Early drop off is a drop-in rate and due on the day of the camp when early drop off is needed.

For more information, please contact Dr. Patrick LeStrange, Strings Department Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1110 or


Strings Camp


Aug 7, 2023 - Aug 11, 2023

Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition Assistance

Levine Music is dedicated to providing quality music education for all students, opening our doors to anyone who wants to learn music, no matter their ability or financial circumstances.