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Prelude String Orchestra Camp

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NEMC Prelude String Orchestra Camp is a one or two week camp that welcomes upper elementary and middle school string players, ages 9-13, to an orchestra ensemble experience. Designed for string players entering grades 5-9, this camp will bring fun and excitement to playing in a group! Each morning, campers will rehearse in string orchestra ensembles, as well as participate in small group lessons, music theory classes, and sight reading sessions to enhance their string playing skills. In the afternoons and evenings, campers will participate in traditional recreational activities to enjoy the lake-front campus of NEMC. Each week culminates with a final concert performance at the Bowl in the Pines. *Day student option available!


2021 Program dates:  26 July Rehearsal 29

Week 1: July 26, 2021 - August 2, 2021

Week 2: August 2, 2021 - August 9, 2021



  • Two-Week Session - $2200
  • One-Week Session- $1400
  • Day Camp - $800 per week


Admission and Audition Process:

  1. Register beginning October 1, 2020 and submit deposit. 
  2. Submit audition videos.
  3. Students will be notified of a acceptance and ensemble placement following Faculty review.

Audition Requirements

  • Two Contrasting selections, no more than 2-3 minutes each
  •  1, 2, or 3 octave scale of the musician's choice

Admission will be on a rolling, first come-first served basis.


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26 July Rehearsal 28Eligibility Requirements:

  • Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
  • Ages 9-13 and entering grades 5-9 in Fall 2021
  • Musicians must have completed at least one full year of string playing, either in private lessons or through a school string program.
  • At a minimum, candidates should demonstrate ease of playing in first position on all four strings and can proficiently read those notes: they may be working on shifting to higher positions.



2021 Faculty:

Bethany Niedbala, Program Coordinator

Teaching Faculty - TBA Fall 2020

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Family feel of camp

“We were delighted that he was selected to perform in the honor recital and was a featured soloist in the Pops concert. Mr. Schmearer is a wonderful conductor and a great inspiration to my son. I love the family feel of this camp and the support all the kids give to one another.”

-NEMC Parent