SUMMER PROGRAMS

Students from a wide range of ages, skill levels, interests, and locations may find an exciting program in which to learn from our expert teachers. Families may choose one program or several, with scholarship assistance available so that all interested students can participate.

USE IT OR LOSE IT

After a year of studying your instrument in school, don’t lose the progress you have made!  Participate in a summer program so that you maintain your current skills and even build new ones.

MUSIC PARTY WITH

FRIENDS

Don’t lose track of those friends you’ve made in class – join them for strings in the summer!  Music is a team sport, so participate with students you know and make some new friends as well.

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Maybe you have studied in a class but would like to try out private lessons.  Maybe you are ready to try participating in an advanced student ensemble.  Maybe you want to know more about composers and the elements of music. Summer is a great time to try something different than what you have done before.

ADVANCE TO A
NEW LEVEL

 With extra time in the summer, students can multiply their progress with practice and quality instruction.  Intermediate students may make the jump to the Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra. 

WHY STUDY IN THE SUMMER?

 

PROGRAMS

 

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program summer opportunities are intended to serve a wide range of students, including students not previously in the Gerber Program and summer visitors to the Northern Michigan area. Below are summer programs that
have been offered previously.

SUMMER SCHOOL
OF MUSIC

JULY 21 - AUGUST 14

Private lessons are an excellent way to maintain or grow your skills during the summer months. All types of students may participate, from beginners to advanced musicians, pre-kindergarten to high school seniors, and year-round Northern Michigan residents to summer visitors. The DGSP offers Suzuki and Traditional methods with our professional artist-teachers.

Location: Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Private Lessons
$25 per half hour | $15 for Suzuki lessons

SUMMERTIME SUZUKI STRINGS

 

JUNE 21 - 25

Students who currently study in the Suzuki Method may participate in the Suzuki Camp, which offers private lessons along with a variety of group activities. 

Location: Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Eligible Students: Students must have at least 6 months of experience with a Suzuki instructor.

Fee: $70

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ADVANCED CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH
THE CUMMINGS QUARTET

JULY 12 - 17

Chamber music is an invigorating form of music-making in which students play one to a part and work independently as an ensemble. In order to achieve this level of playing, camp participants should have at least two years of experience on their instrument and gain the permission of Dr. Reimer to participate. The students will have multiple performing experiences as part of this day camp. The Cummings Quartet, the professional performing ensemble of the DGSP, is featured as the faculty for this chamber music experience.

Location: Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Eligible Students: Students studying violin, viola, cello, or bass who have passed the intermediate level: an audition may be required.

Fee: $125

ISLAND ADVENTURE
IN MUSIC

 

AUGUST 2 - 6

Intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to study music on an island for a week, getting instruction from the DGSP faculty and the professional musicians of Baroque on Beaver Island.  Small and large ensembles perform at the end of the week, which also includes private lessons.

Eligible students: Those with at least two years of playing experience.

Fee: $100

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AUGUST 9 - 13

Finish summer with a strings refresher while preparing for a new school year! Students participate in a variety of classes at the pre-Intermediate and pre-Junior Orchestra levels with DGSP faculty.

Location: Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Eligible Students: Students studying violin, viola, cello, or bass who have passed the intermediate level or a member of the Junior Orchestra with at least one year of playing experience. 

 

Fee: $90 

BACK TO SCHOOL  DAY CAMP

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

The DGSP is committed to making high-quality music opportunities to children and youth in the region of Charlevoix, Emmet, and Antrim counties. For families who are not able to afford to enroll a student in one of the camps, scholarship assistance may be available.

Scholarship assistance is also available for students who enroll in multiple programs, including camps and the Summer School of Music.

For scholarship consideration, contact Dr. Reimer
at 616.828.8321 or at
dreimer@greatlakescfa.org

Contact

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

4233 Main St.

Bay Harbor, MI 49770

 

Dr. David Reimer, Music Director

616.828.8321

dreimer@greatlakescfa.org

Thank You
Community Partners

 

The DGSP is grateful to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their support in providing scholarships for students interested in individual lessons.

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