Private Teachers

  • Private teachers can be a great resource for students who are struggling to retain material or for those who are looking for a challenge.  Here is a list of local private teachers. You will see that it includes contact information, location, instrument specialities, and affiliations.

Local Youth Orchestras

  • Participating in a youth orchestra is a great way for students to build ensemble skills, such as communication and leadership. Students should be able to play at least a grade level 2 or have 1 year of playing experience. Usually, orchestras meet for 1-2 hours a week and have a concert every few months. Participation requires routine practice and self-reflection.

    Loudoun Youth Orchestra:  

    The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra: 

    Ashburn Youth Orchestra Contact: Gabriella Bohnett,

String Summer Camps

  • Summer Camps are a great way for students to stay engaged in music while they are out of the classroom. There are local camps that are usually not overnight, while camps located at a university tend to be overnight. 

    1. A local camp that I highly suggest is LCPS's Summer in the Arts. It is a week and a half long camp  usually at the end of June where students can pick up to 4 classes to take all that has to do with the arts, whether it be music, art, dance, writing, acting, etc. It is $425 per student and registration usually opens in April. You can find information about classes here

    2. Another local camp is the Tuscarora Summer Strings Camp with Mrs. Marian, the orchestra director of THS camp, is a 5-day-long camp where students work individually and in groups with the THS director, Mrs. Marian, from 9am to 12pm. At the end of the camp, students perform a concert. There are 2 levels- MS and HS. MS is for rising 7th and 8th graders, while HS is for rising 9th and above. Tuition is $125, which includes a t-shirt :) This year it will be held from July 11th to 15th. The link to sign up is here

    3. If your student is looking for a large ensemble experience, One World Symphonic Festival is a great fit. Musicians from all around the world will come together in the Washington metro area for the OneWorld Symphonic Festival. After four days of rehearsals, the musicians will join together to perform as a single symphonic orchestra in various locations. In addition to the orchestra performances, the OneWorld Symphonic Festival will also feature pedagogical sessions, lectures, chamber concerts, and Master's classes. Tuition is based on age and if you are able to host an international student. Audition information and pricing can be found here

    4. An overnight camp that I suggest is called 'Spring String Thing' which is held at the end of May, usually during President's Day weekend. SST is a 3 day overnight event held on JMU campus, where students audition with scales and sight reading, and then are placed into an orchestra that best fits their ability. Students practice with the orchestra that is conducted by a professional, and then are given breaks that include fun activities on the Quad, such as a movie in the JMU theatre, scavenger hunt, and an Ice Cream Social. Students have all 3 meals at 'D-Hall', a new buffet-style dining facility that has everything you could possibly need. At the end, students give a concert. It is a great place to craft new skills and make new friends! Pricing is $340 or 2 payments or $170 and registration begins every February. Information on the event can be found here

    5. There is Community Music School of the Piedmont, which has a camp located in Upperville, VA. The camp includes Chamber Music coaching, and music from well-known pop songs like from Hamilton! They even give students the opportunity to go outside and play soccer :) The dates are June 20th to the 24th. Tuition is $400. You can find more information here

    6. If you have a younger child who is interested in strings or believe your 6th grade students may need some extra help over the summer, Arcola United Methodist has a summer in the arts program for 5th and 6th graders, with a beginning orchestra elective. It reads, "This class is designed to introduce the fundamentals of string playing (violin, viola, cello, and string bass) to the student with no prior experience! Participants will be taught proper care and handling of the instrument, a healthy playing position, and playing songs by rote. Violin, viola, and cello students will need their instruments. Basses will be provided. This is the perfect opportunity for those musicians who have chosen strings as their sixth grade elective!" For more information, please click here.

    7. Another camp for beginning string students from the age of 5 to 9 is from Studio Muse in Sterling. It is an eight-week Beginning Violin course on April 23rd. More information can be found here

    8. Studio Muse also has a camp for adults! If you would like to play along with your student, this is a great class to take. Studio Muse is  hosting the Sterling String Ensemble for Adults for beginning and intermediate level adult players. The program will be directed by the Tuscarora High School Orchestra Director, Larisa Marian. It is a 10 week-long (9 sessions) program and will begin this Saturday, April 23rd at 10:30AM-12:30PM. For more information, please click here.