Summer String Academy

Chamber music staff

  • Pacifica Quartet
  • Fellows of the Professional Quartet Studies with the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad
  • Andrew Braddock
  • Sarah Kapustin
  • Roeland Jagers


2024 Schedule
June 22Summer String Academy begins
July 19Final Gala Concert
July 20Last day of Summer String Academy

Weekly student concerts and Summer Festival Concerts will be scheduled.

Fees and deadlines


Application and Audition Due: February 12, 2024

Notification of Acceptance: March 8, 2024

Acceptance Confirmation: March 15, 2024

Tuition Due: April 1, 2024


Registration Fee (non-refundable): $75

Tuition: $3,000

Housing (Optional): $2,750

Audition requirements

Application form must be accompanied by a video containing two contrasting movements or pieces and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. 

How to apply

Students are encouraged to apply early. Applicants who need an early decision due to an invitation from another program should contact Prof. Mimi Zweig, director at An early acceptance from the Summer String Academy is usually possible if admission is certain.

  1. Eligibility: Accepting serious string players, ages 12-18.
  2. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration form and pay only the Non-Refundable Application Fee - $75. Do not pay tuition until you have received your letter of acceptance.
  3. Audition requirements: Upon paying the registration fee, you will then need to upload audition materials through the portal found on the SSA Blog. (If you have issues accessing the audition portal please email
  4. Enrollment limit: 60 participants.
  5. Merit scholarship: Please visit the SSA blog for more details.

Registration for Summer 2024 is now closed

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

Junior String Academy

July 6 - 20, 2024 (2-week session)

June 22 - July 20, 2024 (4-week session)

The Junior String Academy is geared towards the intermediate level of violin playing. There is no minimum age but students must be at the Bach A Minor Concerto level or above and be able to practice 2 to 3 hours/day. Junior String Academy students must be accompanied by a parent and live off campus. Practicing must be done at home. Students coming from out of Bloomington will be responsible for finding their own housing. Parents will be responsible for remaining with students and accompanying them to and from ALL rehearsals, lessons, master classes, and concerts.


Application deadline: April 1, 2024
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2024
Fees due: May 1, 2024


  • Two Week Program – $830
  • Four Week Program – $1,650

For more information, please visit the Jr. String Academy Blog

If you are interested in attending Jr. Summer String Academy, please contact and

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