Summer Symphony Strings Camp

SSSC 2019 Group Photo

NEXT SUMMER: Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19, 2020

Peter Markes, Camp Artistic Director
Rachel Dirks, Camp Conductor

The Summer Symphony Strings camp is an annual commuter day camp, no audition required! This camp was open to students in grades 5 through 8 (in the 2018-2019 school year) who have been playing for at least one year and can read music. Students participated in orchestra rehearsals and sectionals, working with professional staff members who supervise all activities. The daily schedule included additional arts experiences outside of music, including a tour of Civic Center Music Hall, a movement classes with the OKC Ballet, and gallery tours with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Check back here in spring of 2020 for information on the next Summer Symphony Strings Camp and join us fir a week of music-making fun!


Tuition – $300 for the full week

Average Day At-a-Glance:

7:30am – Drop-Off

8:00am – Orchestra Rehearsal

10:00am – Sectionals

11:45am – Lunch

12:30 pm – Guest Recital

1:15pm – Orchestra Rehearsal

2:45 pm – Arts Experience in downtown OKC

4:15pm – Orchestra Rehearsal

5:00pm – Pick-Up

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“The students in the OKYO’s Summer Symphony Strings Camp continue to amaze me! In just one week they are able to create an amazing, mature musical product that belies their young age. I am also continually in awe at how they grow in their maturity, their relationships, and their leadership. These are the real tenets why we teach music, and I am humbled to be a part of the team that makes this growth possible each year.” 

– Mr. Peter Markes, Camp Artistic Director, OKYO Advisory Council Member, and 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 

Monday Audition Recommendations:

The following pieces are only suggestions and were NOT REQUIRED. They are given as a guideline for students to use in selecting an appropriate audition solo, and similar-level music may be performed instead. Viola, Cello, and Double Bass students may follow the same Suzuki book series listed for violins in selecting a solo, or students may perform a solo from school orchestra class or private lessons. 

Suggested audition music for violin students wishing to be considered for the 1st violin section:

  • Suzuki Violin School Book 3, Number 7: Bourree
  • Suzuki Violin School Book 4, Number 1: Concerto No. 2, 3rd Movement

Suggested audition music for violin students wishing to be considered for the 2nd violin section:

  • Suzuki Violin School Book 1, Number 13 or 14: Minuet 1 or 2
  • Suzuki Violin School Book 2, Number 1: Chorus from “Judas Maccabaeus”