Morning String Student Workshop

The Ohio State University announced that all courses will be delivered through virtual modes of teaching and learning for the Summer 2020 term as we continue to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ohio State’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community, and the university is following public health guidance in all decisions.

This university decision compels us to cancel all of our 2020 Youth Summer Music Program offerings. Please return to this site in January to see the full complement of YSMP offerings for Summer 2021.

If you have registered and paid for a 2020 program, we will be in touch with details of your pending refund.

We look forward to seeing you in Summer 2021.

This daily workshop (Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon) offers two weeks of motivational hands-on training in technique and aural skill development, participation in chamber music ensembles, and large orchestra rehearsals in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. While this workshop is designed to meet the needs of students from various training styles, all students should have at least one year of playing experience.

Robert Gillespie, director of Morning String Student WorkshopProgram director:
Professor Robert Gillespie

Registration for 2021 will open on February 1.

Program Highlights

  • Instrument-specific technique development and creative ear training designed for different experience levels
  • Daily small-group chamber ensemble coaching
  • Four orchestras grouped by skill level
  • Large teaching staff allowing for more individualized instruction
  • Opportunity to play with other string students from central Ohio

Daily Schedule Overview

  • June 15–26, Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–12 noon. This daily schedule is firm. We are unable to provide supervision prior to or after the program ends each day.
  • The dress rehearsal will take place on main campus.
  • Finale concert will be held June 26 (time/location TBA). Directions and Parking
A detailed daily schedule will be provided approximately three weeks prior to the start of the program.


For students entering grades 4 – 9 in the 2021 – 2022 school year, with at least one year of playing experience.

Ability level: This program is designed to meet the needs of students with different string training backgrounds (Suzuki students, students in school orchestra, students taking private lessons, students participating in other ensembles). Students will be placed into technique classes and orchestras based on years of experience and skill level.

2. 2020 FEE: $295 — Tuition and T-shirt only. No housing or meals.

3. REGISTRATION DEADLINES for 2021 will be announced.

Registration for 2021 will open on February 1.


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