Summer 2020 Information Below:


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Application Procedure:
Step 1. Complete Pre-Screening on Acceptd (CLICK HERE)
  • Acceptd Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

Auditions and recommendation letters sent by any other method will not be considered.

Pre-Screening audition result will be sent out by March 25, 2020

Step 2. Finish the registration
  • Online registration form is only emailed to the accepted applicants
  • Registration Deadline: April 17, 2020
  • Finish registration and pay tuition and housing fees by April 17th to secure your spot in the Summer String Academy 2020! 

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Deadlines for Summer 2020


Acceptd Application deadline: March 6, 2020
Notification of Acceptance Emailed: March 25, 2020
Financial Aid Application deadline: April 1, 2020
Verification of Attendence:  April 1, 2020 (Please confirm that you are coming!)
Total fees deadline: April 17, 2020

Required forms deadline: May 25, 2020 (Forms will be distributed by email) 

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Check-in for the Summer String Academy and Jr. String Academy will be from 1:00pm-4:00pm in Read Residence Center on Saturday, June 20th

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The program will conclude with a concert and reception on the evening of Friday, July 17th. The concert will begin at 6:00pm. Students must be checked out of the dormitories by 12:00pm on Saturday, July 18th

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String Academy Tuition: $2,450
Room and Board (food included): $2,550

Junior String Academy Tuition (With Director Approval Only): $1,600

No Campus Housing is available for Juniors

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JR String Academy

To apply for JR String Academy, please contact Christina Hightower at

For more information about JR String Academy, please CLICK HERE.

All JR String Academy participants must fill out the "JR String Academy Required Forms" and return it to us by May 25, 2020 (Forms will be distributed by email) 

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Audition Requirements

You MUST audition for this program. We are delighted to announce that you can submit your pre-screening materials through Acceptd by clicking HERE or on the registration application. 

The recording should include the following:

  • Two contrasting pieces, or two contrasting movements from the same piece

  • A letter of recommendation:

  • Applicants will be able to enter a name and an email address for their recommenders, but that email request will not go out to the recommender until the students finish their submission in Acceptd.
  • Applicants will also have the option to upload a copy of the letter of recommendation into the “media” area (preferred), if their recommender is comfortable giving them a copy of the letter.
  • The applicant’s status in Acceptd will continue to show as “incomplete” as long as letters are missing.
  • The Acceptd system will allow requests for letters of recommendation to be (re)sent every 12 hours in the event that a recommender says they did not receive the request from the system.

Audition recordings and Letters of Recommendation will ONLY be accepted through Acceptd software.  Audition material received through any other medium will not be considered.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid (need-based aid) is awarded to families who have a total family income under $50,000 per year for summer programs. The highest amount of a need-based award from the Summer String Academy is 10% of tuition. International students may apply for a merit award (details below), but are not eligible for financial aid. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Legal Residents may apply for Financial Aid. Please indicate your application for Financial Aid on your online registration.

*Applications must be received no later than April 1 in order for your child to be considered.

Step 1:

Use the online registration link (emailed to you in your notification of acceptance) to create your student record. Tuition is not required at this time. Pay only the non-refundable registration fee ($70) and financial aid fee ($10) at this time.

Step 2:

Download the financial aid application [CLICK HERE] and mail the following 3 items below to the address on the financial aid application:

  • Completed Financial Aid Application

  • Photocopies of parent/guardian's most recent signed Federal Tax Form 1040

  • Copies of W2's

Once the tuition waiver has been determined, families will be contacted by email and given further instructions. Questions? Please see our Contact Us page.

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Artistic Merit Awards

To apply for a merit award, please upload your Request Letter as outlined below on the Acceptd application by March 6, 2020.

Your letter of request should include the following:

  • List any musical honors and/or special achievements. Include competitions, but don't limit yourself to these. Tell us about anything significant you have accomplished in music.

  • List all prizes and scholarships received from educational or musical organizations in the past 2 years. Include who gave the award, when it was awarded, and the amount received.

  • Have you received or do you plan to apply for awards, scholarships, or prizes that are specifically for summer music study, either at the String Academy or elsewhere? If so, list the source of funding and the amount received or applied for. If a decision on your application for an award or stipend from an outside (non-string academy) source of funding is still pending, please note that.

  • Please include anything else that you would like us to take into consideration.

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Some applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted applicants will be notified if a space becomes available, however, being on the waitlist does not guarantee a space in the program.

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing to the Director, cc' the Office of Special Programs, and are subject to the following deadlines and fees;

-Cancellations prior to 5 days before arrival incur a $200 cancellation penalty (this includes the $70 non-refundable registration fee plus processing fees). Any remaining fees paid (minus the $200 cancellation charge) will be refunded.

-Cancellations less than 5 days prior to arrival will not receive a refund except in the case of a documented emergency.

-No refunds will be offered for dismissal due to violation of String Academy, Indiana University, state, or federal rules, early departure due to homesickness; voluntary withdrawal or temporary absence.

When circumstances necessitating withdrawal are beyond the student’s control (e.g., serious illness, or death in the student’s family), exceptions to the above policy may be made on the recommendation of the Directors.


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The Jacobs School of Music reserves the right to cancel a workshop if enrollment is not met. Participants will be informed 2 weeks before the start of the workshop and receive a full refund. Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.

Indiana University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students who believe that they are eligible for an accomodation should contact Disability Services for Students at (812) 855-7578 or