New Horizons Summer Strings Retreat

Academy faculty


Andrea Kleesattel is a cellist and music educator. She is a former member of several professional orchestras in the USA and Japan and is currently Assistant Principal of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has a doctorate in cello performance and has over 15 years of music teaching experience.


Audrey Jo Williams, a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, is both a performer and music educator. She has over 11 years of experience teaching students of all skill levels. Audrey maintains a private studio in town teaching violin, cello, and bass. She also performs with the Bloomington Symphony.


Julian Douglas is a percussion teacher and performing percussionist with 25 years of experience facilitating drum and dance circles,  His 
inspirations include the music traditions of the African diaspora, the Middle-East, Eastern Europe, and India. Julian will share concepts in rhythm theory and drums for participants to play.


Stephanie Heidemann blends her unique background in healing and the arts into the modality of Authentic Voicework®: Yoga of the Voice. She obtained a B.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from Indiana University, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and has been teaching “Yoga of the Voice” classes since 2006.

 Sarah Strickland

Sarah Strickland brings her enthusiasm for working with adult learners, and her passion for making music theory fun and enjoyable, to the New Horizons retreat. Trained in Suzuki and other pedagogies, Sarah maintains studios in Bloomington and Plainfield teaching piano, violin, and viola to students ages 5 through senior citizens.

2024 Schedule

4 - 5:30 PM - Check-in

5:30 - 6:30 PM - Welcome rehearsal

6:30 PM - Dinner

Sunset - Bonfire

8 AM - Breakfast

9 AM - Full orchestra rehearsal

10:45 - 11 AM - Basics of Conducting with Audrey Williams

11:15 AM - Singing/Solfege with Andrea Kleesattel*

12 PM - Lunch

1 - 1:45 PM - Shared rhythm experience with Julian Douglas*

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM - Sectionals 

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Yoga of the Voice with Stephanie Heidemann*
(bring yoga mat, blanket)

4:00pm - Break! Pool is open!

6:00PM - Dinner

Sunset - Bonfire

8AM - Breakfast

9:30 - 11 AM - Chamber Rehearsals

11 AM - Chamber Masterclass

12PM - Lunch

1 - 1:50 PM - Music Theory with Sarah Strickland*

2 - 3PM - Full Orchestra Rehearsal

3:15 PM - Final Performance (Recorded)

Classes marked * are optional, but attendance is encouraged!

Proficiency level

Interested applicants should have the following instrument proficiency:

  • Violin - G Major scale (2-octaves; starting from open G string)
  • Viola - C Major scale (2 octaves; starting from open C string)
  • Cello - C Major scale (2 octave; starting from open C string)
  • Bass - G Major scale (2 octaves; starting from open E string, finger 2)

Fees and deadlines


Tuition: $175

Housing (Optional): 

  • Single Room (2 nights + 3 meals/day): $493
  • Shared Room (2 nights + 3 meals/day): $430
  • Meal only (1 meal/day): $233


Registration: July 23, 2024

Payment: August 2, 2024

How to apply

  1. Eligibility: An immersive strings experience for intermediate to advanced adult students; must meet the criteria outlined in Proficiency level.
  2. Application process: To apply, please complete the online registration form. Late applications accepted pending available space.
  3. Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. Questions regarding payment should go to IU Conferences at

Register for Summer 2024

Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form