Summer String Festival 2021

July 26 – August 6, 2021

Dear Friends of HCSA,

We invite you to join us for the 2021 Summer String Festival with Violinist Gene Hahn and cellist Jeremy Crosmer of ESME returning as guest artists this year.
The festival will run between July 26-August 6, with concerts on August 5 and 6, this year at Mrs. Stocks Park. (In case of rain, the concerts will be at Davis Middle School Auditorium).

HCSA faculty and participants will follow COVID safety precautions for the health of everyone at the festival. These safety precautions are outlined below.


Hillsdale County School of the Arts, Inc.

Safety Precautions for the 2021 String Festival:
  • Masks are required during all festival events except during snack breaks.
  • Temperature checks will occur each day upon entering. It is advised that a parent or guardian accompany the student to the check-in station.
  • Please stay home if your student is feeling ill or under quarantine guidelines.
  • Students will adhere to social distancing as requested by faculty.
  • Festival faculty will also adhere to any additional state and federal guidelines.
  • For the safety of all festival participants, faculty will have the final say regarding these safety precautions.

About The String Festival

Beginning and Young Strings Session

Young Strings are students in grades 1-6 who already play a string instrument, but have little or no orchestral experience.

Due to COVID concerns, the 2021 Summer String Festival’s normal two week session will change to two scheduled lessons the week prior to a full one week session of the camp for young violinists, violists, and cellists. Activities include private and group lessons, music theory games, and music appreciation activities. Note: This year we will not be offering a beginner program.

Please note: This year we will NOT have a beginning strings program. Applications for Young Strings are at the link below:

Print Application: (applications for 2021 are closed)
Online Application: (applications for 2021 are closed)

String Festival Practice Videos: 

For the morning session practice videos, click here.

Intermediate and Advanced Session

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 ensemble 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.

Please note: The afternoon session will only be rehearsing from 12:30-3:00 this year.

Print Application: (applications for 2021 are closed)
Online Application: (applications for 2021 are closed)


The 2021 Summer String Festival is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by the Arts Alliance.


Previous String Festival Guest Artists

2019- Csaba Erdélyi, violist formerly with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London

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