Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is ready?
- How do I submit my audition?
- What format does Decision Desk accept?
- Important Dates
- Master Classes
- Free Time
- Private Lessons
- Students Living With Parents
- String Academy Faculty
- Chamber Music/Chamber Orchestra
- Transportation from Indianapolis Airport
- Competition Repertoire
- How soon will we know if our child has been accepted?
- Is the acceptance date in the brochure the post date of the letter or will it arrive to me by that date?
- Is the dorm air-conditioned?
- Do I need to send bedding, etc. for my child?
- What has to be included in my audition submission?
- What is meant by contrasting pieces?
- What do the kids do all day?
- Are students supervised at all times?
- Who picks the counselors?
- Can my child have a single room?
- What kind of clothes should my child bring?
- Will there be close supervision of my child's medications?
- Are students allowed off-campus unsupervised?
- How do I get in touch with my child in case of an emergency?
- Can my child be brought to religious services?
- If I can't get there during the listed registration time, who should I contact?
- Do I get the application fee back if my child is not accepted?
- Is the application fee included in the price listed for the Academy?
- Cell Phones
- In Closing
The String Academy is designed for students between the ages of 12-18 who have a vital interest in their instruments and are capable of practicing 4 1/2 hours a day. An additional two hours a day are devoted to chamber music. Younger students are occasionally accepted if they are capable of the 6 1/2 hours of playing time, and if their parents live with them off campus. The lower level of the repertoire is comparable to the Haydn G Major Violin Concerto, Telemann Viola Concerto, and the Vivaldi E Minor Cello Sonata. The upper level includes the most advanced violin, viola, and cello repertoire. BACK TO TOP
The priority application deadline is March 13, 2015. At this time a video with two contrasting movements or pieces, a letter of recommendation, application fee, and an application must be received by the String Academy Office. All auditions must be made through Decision Desk. Notification of acceptance is March 30, 2015. Final payment of fees is April 10, 2015. Arrival at the String Academy is on Saturday, June 20 for registration, dormitory move-in, and important orientation sessions. Registration begins at 1 PM and ends at 4 PM at the Forest Dorm. Any student who expects to arrive after 4 PM should inform the Summer Programs Office (812-855-6025) of your expected arrival time. Regular food service begins at breakfast on Sunday, June 21st. BACK TO TOP
Most String Academy students will be housed in Forest Dormitory. Adult counselors (one for every twelve students) are resident in the dorm. Nightly curfew is 10:30 PM and students are expected to be in their rooms at this time. Girls and boys are housed in separate wings, or in separate dormitories. BACK TO TOP
Younger students (ages 11 and under) must live off campus with parents in privately arranged accommodations. Under-age students are expected to participate fully in String Academy activities. BACK TO TOP
Students receive two 1 hour private lessons per week. Students may request a specific teacher and every effort will be made to comply with such requests. Assistant teachers are available to help students with practicing. Each student will attend a weekly two-hour master class and will be asked to perform when prepared. Pianists are available for rehearsals, lessons, classes and concerts at no extra fee. BACK TO TOP
Faculty members have been carefully chosen from around the world for their unique ability to develop musical talent and nurture young people. Each faculty member is an experienced and successful musician dedicated to teaching at the highest levels. They have proven themselves professionally by producing top young performers. BACK TO TOP
Chamber music assignments will be made based on the audition video tape. Students may also choose to audition in person on Sunday, June 21. Groups will be arranged according to individual playing level. Every effort will be made to arrange compatible groups. Chamber music takes place from 10:30-12:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Younger students will participate in the chamber orchestra on Tuesday and Thursday. Many groups will perform during the last week of concerts. Most likely there are not enough violists for chamber music assignments. We will ask a few violinists to play viola and the school will provide the instruments. If you have a viola in addition to your violin, please bring this with you. BACK TO TOP
String Academy faculty give master classes on Wednesdays from 10:30-12:30, as well as during the evening master class sessions. Additional master classes are given by guest artists. Individual teachers decide who is ready to play for these various classes. All students will have the opportunity to play in a master class when prepared. BACK TO TOP
Students have the opportunity to perform in scheduled recitals with their teacher's approval. Recitals will take place in Recital Hall, Ford Hall and Auer Hall. Concerts take place each Friday and/or Saturday and are scheduled more often during the final week of the String Academy. BACK TO TOP
Rules and regulations are very clearly stated in the general information packets and are explained during the first meeting of students. Rules include prohibition of smoking, drugs, and alcohol, and infraction results in immediate dismissal. Other rules pertain to practice assignments, curfew, and self-conduct, both in the dormitory and on campus. In serious cases, parents are called and students are dismissed from the Academy. BACK TO TOP
Every effort is made to provide ample free time for relaxation, organized sports, and recreational activities. During the week, 1 to 3:45 is reserved for lunch and relaxation. A counselor is on duty in the dormitory for younger students. Most evenings are devoted to master classes, concerts, movies, and planned activities. Unplanned (but not unsupervised) time is necessary to allow students the opportunity to unwind from the intensity of String Academy activities. BACK TO TOP
Violin: Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro
Viola: Telemann Concerto in G Major (Movements III and IV)
For students flying into the Indianapolis Airport, Classic Touch Limousine service is available directly from the airport to the dormitory. Please see the forms tab for a packet of information on the IUSSA. (812) 339-7269 or 1-800-319-0082 BACK TO TOP
E mails should arrive by March 30, 2015. BACK TO TOP
Is the acceptance date in the brochure the postmark date of the letter or will it arrive to me by that date?
Applications should be postmarked by March 13, 2015. BACK TO TOP
The individual rooms are air-conditioned. Should bring a sweater or warm sweat shirt. BACK TO TOP
Sheets, towels and pillows may either be brought by students or they can be purchased (via the online registration form) from the residence halls for $60.00 BACK TO TOP
1. An audition video of two contrasting pieces or contrasting movements from the same piece.
2. A letter of recommendation from your instructor. BACK TO TOP
Slow and Fast. BACK TO TOP
All auditions should be submitted through Decision Desk. No other forms of submission will be considered. Decision Desk can be accessed through the "How To Apply" page.
Decision Desk is easy to use, just make sure you scroll down to the "Summer String Academy" option when asked for Program Type. And when asked, choose "Final Audition Recording."
All auditions should be submitted as videos. Decision Desk accepts files in the following file formats:
Accepted file types: aac, aiff, m4a, mp3, wav, wma, avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv
Recommendation letters may be submitted in the optional Resume tab on Decision Desk.
Check the schedule on the website. BACK TO TOP
Yes. Counselors and/or teachers available at all times. For the younger students, university students help with practicing. BACK TO TOP
The Director of the String Academy. BACK TO TOP
Most likely, everyone will have a roommate. BACK TO TOP
Summer clothes, informal, since Bloomington is very warm/hot. A sweater is a good idea since the School of Music and dorm can be chilly with active air conditioning. Concert attire for girls is nice dresses, and for boys is nice pants with a nice shirt and tie (optional). BACK TO TOP
Yes, counselors will supervise medications if necessary. BACK TO TOP
No, students are required to stay on campus. Trips to the Mall or places off campus will be supervised by the counselors. BACK TO TOP
Either by telephoning the child's room, by telephoning the String Academy Office at: 812-855-1523 or 812-855-6025, by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the child's counselor. In today's world, most students have cell phones. BACK TO TOP
Yes. BACK TO TOP
You may contact Christina Runnacles at email@example.com BACK TO TOP
The application fee is non-refundable. BACK TO TOP
No. BACK TO TOP
Students can bring cell phones in order to speak with parents. Cell phones are not allowed in the School of Music. They can be used at the dorm after planned activities. If these regulations are not adhered to, the student's cell phone will be taken away for the week. Cell phones are collected before all concerts and classes. BACK TO TOP
The String Academy offers students from all over the United States and many different countries in the world the opportunity to come together and study in a supportive and intense environment. Students who feel isolated in their own communities find that there are other young people with similar aspirations and ambitions. They also learn that they can (or cannot) practice 4 1/2 hours a day. What they learn on their instruments in the four weeks of the String Academy inspires them for many months that follow. The friendships that they make will last a lifetime. BACK TO TOP