For students entering grades 7-9 (or students with a minimum of 2 years ensemble experience) that play violin, viola, cello, or bass.
Maestro Diego Piedra returns to lead students through another year of our popular String Camp! An exceptional opportunity for young string players to work with other motivated musicians from across the Midwest, students spend the week learning new techniques, studying exciting repertoire, and meeting new friends. Our distinguished faculty work closely with students, helping them to build confidence in and sharpen their skills through large group rehearsals, small sectionals, private lessons, and more. Resident campers will stay in the Clarke University dormitories, eat their meals in the university’s dining hall, and enjoy a wide range of evening activities.
The camp will culminate in a performance for over 2,000 people at the DSO’s Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum. (Link for registration form at bottom of page)
For students entering grades 10-12 (advanced 9th graders and graduated seniors welcome) that play violin, viola, cello, or bass.
Unique, intense, and captivating, the Chamber Music Camp is perfect for advanced string players wanting to take their skills to the next level. Students are grouped into ensembles according to their age and ability, and spend the week exploring new repertoire and the diverse world of small ensemble playing. Ensembles work closely with our fantastic camp faculty, receiving one-on-one lessons, coachings, masterclasses, and even side-by-side performances! Resident campers will stay in the Clarke University dormitories, eat their meals in the university’s dining hall, and enjoy a wide range of evening activities.
The camp will culminate in a public recital performance at Clarke University’s beautiful Jansen Music Hall. (Link for registration form at bottom of page.)
The primary goal of our camp is for students to receive a significant amount of individual attention. Faculty members have the freedom to customize activities to suit each student, creating a deeper and more profound experience for all involved.
Tuition for all campers includes a camp t-shirt, daily lunch, and daytime activities. Residential campers will receive daily breakfast and dinner in the university dining hall, evening activities with counselors and staff, and lodging in the Clarke University dorms.
There are tuition discounts available for students, including those that are members of the DSYE or an All-State orchestra. The DSO Summer Camps Program is committed to enabling students to participate, regardless of financial concerns. To that end, there are limited need-based scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in applying for scholarship assistance, please complete the “Scholarship & Tuition Discount Form” and submit it with your camp registration.