EYO Summer Strings Camp

The 2020 EYO Summer Strings Camp


Monday-Friday, June 22nd-26th

A Summer String Instrument Camp for students with 1-2 years of playing experience on an orchestral string instrument.

The Etowah Youth Orchestras is pleased to announce the 2020 Summer Strings Camp, “World of StringCraft!” This is a one-week day camp designed for students with at least one, but not more than two years of playing experience on an orchestral string instrument. The camp will meet June 22nd-26th from 9 AM – 2 PM at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in downtown Gadsden. “World of StringCraft” will be led by EYO artistic staff members and Assistant Conductors Bryce Anderson and Deborah Boos. Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Boos have a combined 43 years of experience as music educators and music classroom instructors.

“World of StringCraft” is a week-long day camp which provides attendees with 20 hours of music instruction in a group setting. Lunch will be provided every day of camp. The camp will feature daily sessions which will teach new techniques and introduce new music to perform together. There will be special break-out sessions, and the camp concludes with a special performance on Friday, June 26th at 12:00 PM. Music reading skills are emphasized, which students can utilize in future performance settings, including the EYO after-school ensembles.

The cost of “World of StringCraft” is $75 for EYO members (School String Orchestra Program, Etowah String Sinfonia), and $150 for non-members. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to camp; however, a limited number of instruments are available for use through the EYO.

SPECIAL STATEMENT REGARDING 2020 SUMMER STRINGS CAMP AND COVID-19: With the current pandemic, the Etowah Youth Orchestras and the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation are following the guidelines of the CDC, the Alabama State Department of Health, and local authorities in presenting all summer camp activities. Please know that the utmost care is being taken to provide for the safety of all participants, including social distancing, personal protective equipment, and all other recommended protocols. The photos shown here from the 2019 Summer Strings Camp do NOT reflect our approach for this year’s event – proper spacing, individually packaged meals, and all other necessary safeguards will be put in place to ensure that this experience is educational, fun, and above all SAFE for our students! For more information about the guidance we are using in preparing for Summer Strings Camp 2020, please refer to the information below from the CDC: