Summer String Festival 2019

July 29-August 9, 2019

Hillsdale County School of the Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce that Csaba Erdelyi, Violist, will be our featured soloist this year.

Csaba Erdelyi is an international artist that has performed all across the globe with many world renowned artists including Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma. He was principal viola with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, a member of the Chilingirian String Quartet, and was a professor of viola at Rice School of Music, Butler University, Bowling Green State University, and Indiana University. For over 20 years Mr. Erdelyi has researched the original manuscripts of the Bartok Viola Concerto, the composer’s last masterpiece, which was left in its first draft. He has restored and orchestrated the work and it has been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, and it is considered by many a faithful realization of the music as it was intended.

Mr. Erdelyi will present a recital on Thursday evening, August 8 and will perform with String Festival students on the final concert on Friday evening, August 9.

About The String Festival

Beginning and Young Strings Session

July 29-August 9

This two week morning session includes group lessons, music theory classes, private lessons, and music appreciation sessions each day of the camp.

Beginning Strings are students primarily in 3rd and 4th grade who have not played a string instrument. Young Strings are students in grades 1-6 who already play a string instrument, but have little or no orchestral experience.

Beginning and Young Strings Brochure
Beginning & Young Strings Cover Letter
Beginning & Young Strings Application

Intermediate and Advanced Session

August 5 – August 9

This one week session for intermediate and advanced students offers students a unique opportunity to improve their skills and to work with highly trained instructors and guest artists.  String players in 6th-12th grade are eligible to participate. Students must have at least one year of playing experience and have note reading skills. Orchestra and small ensemble rehearsals are part of the daily activities, coached by String Festival staff and the guest artist.

Intermediate and Advanced Strings Brochure
Intermediate & Advanced Cover Letter
Intermediate & Advanced Application


The 2019 Summer String Festival was supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by the Arts Alliance.


Previous String Festival Guest Artists

2018 – Karin Loberg Code, hardingfele (Norwegian folk fiddle)

2017 – Violinist Gene Hahn and cellist Jeremy Crosmer of ESME

2016 – Aaron Johnson, string bass

2015 – Rachel Klaus, violinist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra