String Teacher Workshop at Ohio State


July 10 – 16, 2022

This event is closed for 2022.

Watch for 2023 information in spring semester.


Choose in-person or virtual offerings!

The virtual experience includes both livestreamed and pre-recorded sessions.

The in-person/hybrid format includes access to all online content!

  • Enjoy multiple reading sessions of the latest and the "tried and true"
  • Learn strategies for solving the most common string playing problems
  • Design action plans for advocacy
  • Build student-centered teaching plans
  • Embrace, build and respond to diversity in the classroom

Spend two weeks with leaders in the profession! Bob Gillespie • Brian Balmages • Jeremy Bartel and Baroque Violin Shop • Lauren Bernofsky • Sarah Black Ball • Erin Broadhurst • Brian Cole • Frank Diaz • Erica Donahoe • Douglas Droste • Julie Ellis • Kathleen Horvath • Scott Jones • Charles Laux • Tanner Otto • Bob Phillips • David Pope • Debbie Price • Matt Radspinner • Walt Straiton • Renee Wang • James Weaver

Laboratories to develop and refine your skills. Conducting  •  Chamber music  •  Rehearsal strategies  •  Technology  •  Teaching strings for the non-string player

Sessions designed to help the school string teacher. Instrument repair sessions • Working with full orchestra • Conducting and conducting labs • Rehearsal skills • Coaching chamber music • Repertoire selection • Reading sessions • 21st century orchestra • Integrating technology and apps • Advocacy and community engagement • Sessions for the non-string player • Secondary instrument technique • Classroom management • Wellness and avoiding burnout • Improvisation • Teaching in urban schools • Recruitment and retention • Pandemic recovery • Student motivation • Student-centered teaching • Improvisation in the orchestra class • Teaching rhythm • Audio recording • Strolling Strings

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Testimonials from workshop participants

►"Excellent and inspiring clinicians!"
►"Again, timely and useful just like every year!"
►"Just what the doctor ordered! After two extraordinarily difficult years, these workshops reminded me what I love about my work with orchestra kids of all ages. The motivational talks, program building sessions and technology sessions were especially strong. THANK YOU!"
►"I loved the balance of technology/apps, games, pedagogy, tips/tricks and repertoire."
►"The abundance of sessions from which to choose allowed my training to be specifically catered to my needs and interests at this time."
►"All sessions were very helpful. Although I have been teaching 25+ years, I still find some new ideas. In tech areas, I learned lots of new ideas. Thank you."
►"The sessions were great, and I can't wait to join the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop again (in person)!"


  • For questions about curriculum, contact the director, Robert Gillespie
  • For all other questions about registration and payment procedures or other posted information, email the workshop administrator at

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