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.


Utam Moses is a dance theatre artist and embodied theorist. She teaches at I.U.’s Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. Her work investigates movement as a catalyst for transformation, empathy and socio-political reckoning. Utam received her B.A. in Contemporary Dance (IU) and M.A. in Performance Studies from Tisch (NYU).


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 be sharing concepts in rhythm theory and drums for participants to play.


Sarah Strickland is a violinist/violist/pianist, conductor, and music educator. She has taught music in NY, MI, PR, and TN. A trained Suzuki teacher, Sarah maintains a private studio of violin, viola, and piano students in Bloomington, and performs with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She has a passion for working with adult learners.


Yoga is a journey Priscilla Borges has been so grateful to be on for decades. She loves sharing yoga with adults and kids, as it is a wonderful tool for self-growth, body awareness, health, and overall balance. Priscilla is RYT200 certified with Yoga Alliance. All levels are welcome.

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4–6PM - Check-in

6PM - Dinner

7PM - Bonfire

8AM - Breakfast

9:30AM - Full orchestra rehearsal

12PM - Lunch

1–6pm Enrichment activities, including*:

  • Shared Rhythm Experience with Julian Douglas
  • Movement Class with Utam Moses
  • Music Theory with Sarah Strickland
  • Yoga with Priscilla Borges
  • Solfege Singing Improvisation with Andrea Kleesattel
  • Introduction to Conducting with Audrey Williams
  • Individual Practice or Chamber Ensemble Rehearsal time

(*Subject to enrollment)

6PM - Dinner

7PM - Bonfire

8AM - Breakfast

9:30AM - Full orchestra rehearsal (2-hours)

12PM - Lunch


1–2PM Chamber rehearsal

2–3PM Free time or choose from activities including: intro to conducting, guided hike, swimming, practice, nap!


1–2PM Free time or choose from activities including: intro to conducting, guided hike, swimming, practice, nap!

2–3PM Chamber Rehearsal

3–4PM more rehearsal or free time options

4PM Masterclass with chamber groups

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 - $212 (does not include housing or meals)

Optional: Housing and Meals

  • Single-room - $498
  • Shared-room - $454
  • 3 meals - $286
  • 2 meals - $259
  • 1 meal - $238


  • Registration and payment deadline – August 1, 2023

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 2023

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