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Summer String Festival

For Young Musicians Ages 4 - 13

Celebrating 22 years of music, friends and fun!


August 14 — 18, 2017

A musically enriching, fun-filled week for motivated violinists, violists, cellists and harpists ages 4-13.

The week includes daily orchestra and sectional rehearsals, repertoire and duet classes, and student recitals and performances by guest artists and culminates with performances by students, counselors and faculty. Camp begins each morning at 9 AM with an all camp warm-up and concludes at 4:15 PM.

Throughout the week, string players enjoy memorable opportunities for musicianship at the only program of its kind in the metropolitan area.

The Festival concludes with a gala concert that showcases all four orchestras as well as the junior violin and harp ensembles. The program finale includes a performance of Pachelbel's Canon in D played by all the students, counselors, and teachers.


Please click here to register for the Summer String Festival through our online registration portal.

Registration Deadlines:

Returning students: Sunday, March 12, 2017

New applicants: Sunday, April 2, 2017

A $50 Late Fee will be applied to all accounts after these deadlines

W2 and 1040 forms for tuition aid applicants: Friday, April 21, 2017.

Camp Payments:

The EMS Summer String Festival fee is $725 which includes a non-refundable $75 registration fee.

  • Payments for the Summer String Festival may be made by credit card, e-check, or check. If paying by check, payments must be received by the registration deadlines outlined above to avoid a $50 late fee.
  • Returning Students NOT applying for Tuition Aid, please pay the $725 camp fee by Sunday, March 12, to avoid the $50 late fee
  • Returning Students applying for Tuition Aid, please pay ONLY the $75 non-refundable registration fee by Sunday March 12, to avoid the $50 late fee
  • New Students, please pay ONLY the $75 non-refundable registration fee by Sunday, April 2.
  • Families who withdraw after July 1, are responsible for the full balance of the tuition. Tuition aid is available to families who qualify on the basis of need. There are no refunds after July 1.

Audition Details:

All students must audition LIVE for the faculty. You will sign up for an audition during the registration process. Please note the location and date that you have chosen. Auditions will take place at:

School for Strings: 419 West 54 Street, NYC

  • Sunday, April 9 - 11 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday, April 22- 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Elisabeth Morrow School, 480 Next Day Hill Drive, Englewood, NJ

  • Friday, April 7 - 3:45 to 6 PM
  • Sunday, April 23 - 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Friday, April 28- 3:45 PM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, April 29 - 9 AM to 4 PM

Bus Transportation from NYC:

Transportation from The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music in New York City is available for $200 through The Academy Bus Company. Please reserve your spot on the bus during the registration process. Seating on the bus is limited and early sign-up is recommended.


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Contact Us

For further information contact:

Amelia Gold, Music Director
Millie Castano, Administrator
201.568.5566 x7111

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