String Orchestra Camp

June 21 - July 4, 2020.  This camp has been cancelled.  Please click here for more information.

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Camp Features

Large Ensembles
Campers will play in one of three string orchestras in the morning - the Amati Strings, Guarneri Strings or the Symphony Strings - and one of three orchestras in the afternoon - the Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra or the Symphony Orchestra.  A personalized class schedule will be created just for you based on a placement audition at check-in.  See what a sample schedule for this camp looks like.

Sectionals, Masterclasses, Chamber Ensembles, Technique Building, and Music Theory
In addition to orchestra rehearsals, campers will attend sectionals, take music theory, play in small chamber ensembles, participate in masterclasses, and have supervised practice time. 

Performance Opportunities
All campers will perform in three public performances: Chamber Ensembles perform at 8:30am and 1:30pm on Friday, July 3rd; morning orchestras perform at 7:30pm on Friday, July 3rd; afternoon orchestras perform at 9:00am on July 4th.  All concerts take place in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Campers also have the option to audition during camp for the Honors Solo Recital.  Selected musicians will perform on Wednesday, July 1 in a special Honors Solo Performance.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available at this camp for an additional fee. These lessons are arranged and paid for at camp check-in. Read more about Private Lessons.

Evening Activities
Activities are planned for each evening. Attend faculty concerts, go bowling, jump at SkyZone, go roller skating, and more!

Be A Summer Seminole
Spend time on the FSU Campus and experience what it's like to be a 'Nole.  Learn more about dorm rooms, dining, medical care, and everything in between on our CAMP LIFE page.

Camp Details

Sun., June 21 - Sat., July 4, 2020
This camp has been cancelled for summer 2020.  Please click here for more information.

$921.00 (Overnight Campers)
$498.00  (Day Campers) 


Campers must be attending grades 7-12 in the '19-’20 school year. Rising 7th graders during the summer of 2020 are not eligible.

All ability levels are welcome but campers should have at least one year of school instruction or equivalent.

No audition is required to register.  There will be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your ensemble assignment.

Florida State is committed to providing a quality education to all qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Please contact our office to discuss any questions or accommodations that may need to be made for your camper at least three weeks prior to the start of camp.

Price Details

Overnight Campers: $921.00
This includes tuition, housing, and three meals per day.

Day Campers: $498.00
This includes tuition only.

  • A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  This deposit is applied toward to total cost.  The balance is due by June 8, 2020
  • Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Discounts are available for this camp.

Campers who are also attending the Double Bass Workshop may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between the two camps (6/20).  NEW FOR 2020 - There is no cost for the night of housing between the two camps. If you register for both camps, you will be provided with the extra housing, supervision, and all extra meals. Campers will request this extra night on their camp forms after they are registered for camp.

Optional private lessons may be booked at camp check-in and are $50.00 per 50-minute lesson. Read more about Private Lessons.


Registration will open on January 13, 2020 at 8:00am.

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration.  The balance is due June 8, 2020. No audition is required to register.

After you register you will receive:

  • an immediate confirmation email from the registrar's office from the following address: and a copy of your registration invoice.  Please print out and keep this email as it contains your CUSTOMER NUMBER which you will need to make future payments.
  • within a week you will receive a welcome email from our office from This welcome email will have information about the camp handbook, supplemental forms, and other exciting camp reminders.

Check-In & Check-Out

Campers check-in on Sunday, June 21 between 9:00am-2:30pm.

Campers check-out after the final performance on Saturday, July 4. The performance begins at 9:00am in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and is anticipated to end at approximately 10:30am.

This camp continues as regularly scheduled on July 4th.  All campers are expected to participate in the required camp activities. 

On Saturday, June 27 there will be a rehearsal in the morning which is required for all campers.  Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday there are recreation activities planned.  See the sample schedule for more details.

Detailed information about check-in, check-out, and everything in between can be found in the Camp Handbook.


All campers must bring their instrument with them to camp. If you do not own your own instrument, we suggest speaking with your music teacher about borrowing your school instrument for the duration of camp.

The instrument that you select during camp registration is the instrument that you must play at camp. If you would like to change your instrument to a different one after you register, please contact our office prior to the start of your camp.

Campers will also need to bring a folding music stand and their instrument accessories.  Learn more about packing for camp.

Wait Lists

There are no wait lists at this time. Once all spaces have been filled for a particular instrument(s) we will start a wait list.

If there is a wait list for your instrument when you go to register, you will need to call our office at 850-644-9934 to be placed on the wait list instead. Wait lists are first-come, first-serve; no deposit is required to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available then we will call the first person on the wait list and offer the spot. They will have 48 hours to register before we move on to the next person on the wait list.

Camp Links

  Daily Schedule (coming soon)

  Camp Life: Housing, Meals and More

  Camp Planning Resources

  Camp Handbook (coming soon)

Camp Forms (online version)

Camp Forms (pdf to print and mail)


Our instructors include College of Music Alumni and nationally recognized conductors.

James Palmer

Orchestra Director
Allatoona High School, GA

David Pope

Orchestra Director
Elyria City Schools
Cleveland, OH

Rebecca MacLeod

Associate Professor of Music Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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