National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes

National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes

A strings camp where good friends are made and great music is played. In a day-camp arrangement, each National Philharmonic Summer String Institute is an intensive week of orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals and coachings, private lessons, and movement classes, culminating with performances by the orchestra and chamber ensembles.

Operating as usual

[11/28/16]   National Philharmonic is excited to announce that we will be EXPANDING our Summer String Institute offerings for 2017! Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

[03/18/16]   Applications for the 2016 Summer String institutes are coming in strong - send in yours today if you haven't yet! Application packets are available at

[05/19/14]   There is still some space in both Middle and High School Institutes - send in your application NOW!

SSI '13

@Ruth Faison 2013

Photos from SSI'13 - tag yourself and your friends!

Flash mob in the Copenhagen Metro. Copenhagen Phil playing Peer Gynt.

Have you seen this orchestral flashmob? Post your favorite!

In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was cre...

[01/13/14]   This coming Saturday, January 18, National Philharmonic will be playing Mozart's Divertimento in D Major, K 136, with Victoria Gau conducting. What a coincidence- the HS SSI will be playing that same piece this summer. Don't forget NP is All-kids, All-free, All the time!

[01/13/14]   New Flash: Summer 2014 Application Packet is now available at!

[04/16/13]   The trees are getting greener, and summer is getting closer - Have you mailed in your application yet for this summer's Institute?

Antonín Dvořák Serenade For Strings in E major Op.22, Complete

This summer's High School Institute will be playing Dvorak's beautiful Serenade! Antonín Dvořák Serenade For Strings in E major Op.22, Complete 1. Moderato 2. Tempo di Valse 3. Scherzo (Vivace) 4. Larghetto 5. Finale (Allegro vivace) Engl...

[03/15/13]   Applications are starting to arrive in the office - happy to see some old friends returning!!

[10/03/12]   HOLD THE DATES!! We have set the dates for the 2013 Institutes-
HS August 5-9, and MS August 12-16.
Application materials will be available soon. Watch here for updates!

[08/05/12]   Had a fantastic week with the High School Institute!!! Looking forward to the next, with the Middle School Institute!
HS pics to come ASAP!

[05/15/12]   Hi everyone - we're still accepting applications - at this point we are particularly looking for violas, cellos, and basses for MS. We have some space available in all sections for HS.

[04/18/12]   Congrats to Zoe Loversky, SSI violist for many years, on her acceptance to the music school at Carnegie Mellon!!! Anyone else have any successes to share?

Weldon conducts Elgar Serenade for Strings

High School students - check this out! We'll be performing this piece this summer!

George Weldon conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Elgar's Serenade for Strings. This World Record Club LP was issued in 1964.

[03/12/12]   Postcards are in! Teachers - Let us know if you'd like some for your students and we'll send them along!

Trinity Lutheran Church

National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes's cover photo

[03/06/12]   Check out the pictures of our NEW SPACE for 2012 - Trinity Lutheran Church on Old Georgetown Road

Trinity Lutheran Church - our NEW SPACE!

Here's a sneak peak at where we'll be this summer!

Here's a sneak peak at where we'll be this summer!

Middle School SSI 2011 - photos by Stan Engebretson

[02/01/12]   2012 Application materials are now available on the NP website at!

[01/13/12]   Hey everyone! You can also follow us on Twitter @Natphilharmonic!

High School SSI 2011 - photos by Stan Engebretson

More High School SSI 2011! (photos by Stan Engebretson)

[01/04/12]   Invite all of your friends from SSI so they can join too...there will be more photos uploaded soon!

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General information

The High School Institute meets the first week of August and is conducted by Piotr Gajewski. The Middle School Institute meets the second week of August and is conducted by Victoria Gau. Private and chamber music teachers include: Lori Barnet, Katherine Budner, Douglas Dubé, Jody Gatwood, Jeffery Koczela, Mark Pfannschmidt, Oleg Rylatko, Leslie Silverfine, Judy Silverman, Kerry Van Laanen, and Julius Wirth. Movement class is run by Isiah Johnson.
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