Morning String Student Workshop

June 10 – 26, 2019

Steinbrenner Band Center, Ohio Stadium

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



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
Eligibility: For students entering grades 4 – 9 in the 2019 – 2020 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.

2019 updates will be available in January.

Program fee: $290—Tuition and T-shirt only. No housing or meals.
Daily schedule overview: The Morning Strings Student Workshop will take place at the Steinbrenner Band Center, located at Gate 10 at Ohio Stadium, Monday, June 10–Tuesday, June 25. The dress rehearsal will take place in Weigel Hall on main campus the morning of Wednesday, June 26.
  • Morning String Student Workshop finale concert will be held Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in Weigel Hall Auditorium, 1866 College Rd. Directions and Parking
A detailed daily schedule will be provided three weeks prior to the start of the program.

Registration Information

  • Full registration deadline: May 22, 2019
  • Limited registration deadline: June 5, 2019

Registrations completed by the Full registration deadline (online registration, and receipt of tuition payment and completed forms) will include all resources of the program (dormitory housing, T-shirt, meals etc.). After that deadline, all submitted registrations are considered Limited which may mean that some resources are not available (program capacity, dormitory housing, T-shirt, meals etc.). Be reminded that programs do sometimes fill to capacity prior to the Full registration deadline.

This program traditionally reaches capacity before the deadline. We will accept the first 100 students who have registered, paid and submitted required forms. 

Program registration consists of three steps:

Step OneRegistration. Complete an online registration form via link to be provided in January.

After submitting an online registration, you will immediately receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, one of three things has happened:

  • The email address you entered on your form may be incorrect
  • The confirmation email was sent to your SPAM box
  • The online registration was not received by our system

If you do not receive the confirmation email within two hours of submitting a registration, contact the Youth Summer Music Programs registrar for further instructions.

Step TwoPayment. Pay the participation fee online according to the instructions contained in your registration confirmation email. You will then see a "Checkout complete" screen acknowledging that your payment is in process, and an order number. Keep this number for your records.

If you choose to pay with a check or money order (made payable to "The Ohio State University"), mail payment to the School of Music at the address below. You will receive confirmation by email within 7 – 10 business days.

Mail to:

The Ohio State University School of Music
ATTN: Morning String Student Workshop—YSMP Registrar
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

Step Three - Required forms. Parents or guardians are required to print out, complete, sign and send the following forms:

  1. Parental Permission Form [pdf]
  2. Ohio State Photo Release Form [pdf]
  3. Standards of Behavior Form [pdf]

Mail the completed and signed forms to the address above, or scan and email them to the YSMP registrar.

You will receive a welcome email with further instructions about program attendance approximately two weeks before the event.

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Directions and Parking


  • For questions regarding the Morning Strings curriculum, contact Robert Gillespie at or call 614-292-2336.
  • For questions regarding summer programming, contact the YSMP director, Scott A. Jones.

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