Mon, Jun 21 | Online Virtual Summer Camp

ESME Virtual String Camp 2021

The ESME Virtual String Camp 2021 offers students a safe, exciting and enriching music learning experience unlike any other from inside their own homes with lessons, classes and interactive workshops created by a world class faculty that includes musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Time & Location

Jun 21, 9:30 AM – Jul 02, 4:00 PM
Online Virtual Summer Camp


We’re excited to announce the return of the ESME Virtual String Camp happening this summer of 2021, from June 21st through July 2nd! Our virtual program offers you a safe, rewarding, fun and enriching music learning experience unlike any other straight from inside your own home!

The ESME Virtual String Camp 2021 introduces exciting programs designed through the versatile and technologically experienced skillsets of our world class faculty which includes musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  Students will be guided through the tools for creating virtual performances and practice methods while participating in real-time interactive workshops, private lessons, chamber music and orchestra coachings, virtual masterclasses and concerts as well as classes on video and audio editing, theory, composition and more!

What is the ESME Virtual String Camp and who is it for?

The ESME Virtual String Camp is an exciting summer intensive chamber music program designed for any age and grade level.  We accept violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano students.   Students of other instruments are also accepted on a limited basis.  Individual students will be arranged into chamber groups, classes and workshops that are based on their *level and work with ESME on both traditional classical and ESME pop chamber arrangements.    Early registration ends April 15th.  Registration deadline is May 15th.  After May 15th students will be accepted on a case-by-case basis and based on availability.

* The 2021 ESME Virtual String Camp program is divided into two groups: ESME Concert Program (ECP) and the ESME Philharmonia Program (EPP).  Scroll down below to view requirements for each program group.

Meet the Artistic Faculty

Jeremy Crosmer completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24.  He has served as Assistant Principal Cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and is currently a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  Jeremy has written arrangements for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals, as well as full orchestral compositions programmed for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 classical concert season.  Jeremy has toured London with the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra and performed as soloist with the GRS.  While still in school, Jeremy was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets.  Jeremy has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan.

Mike Chen has been a violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2018.  He was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2018 and a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2012.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University and has studied violin with Blair Milton and viola with Li-kuo Chang, Michael Strauss, Peter Slowik, Keith Conant and Baird Dodge.  He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony.  He received a Master’s degree in Conducting at Northwestern University in 1999, and studied conducting with Victor Yampolsky, Mariusz Smolij, Gilbert Varga, David Zinman, and Murry Sidlin. Mike was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado and has served as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra.

A native New Yorker, violinist Gene Hahn made his debut at Carnegie Hall as a guest soloist at age 13.  He continued to perform regularly at Carnegie with the New York Youth Symphony.  He has appeared as soloist with the Mannes College of Music Orchestra and was a winner of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians' Competition.  Gene studied chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music with The American String Quartet and orchestral performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The New York Philharmonic.  He participated in the Musicorda and Quartet Program chamber festivals, toured with The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and upon moving to Michigan joined the Grand Rapids Symphony.  He is a frequent collaborator with the Grand Rapids Ballet, performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and as associate concertmaster of The West Michigan Symphony and is the founding member of ESME.

Noted for her "sensitive and imaginative" (New York Concert Review) playing, Korean-born pianist Sookkyung Cho has appeared at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Sarasota Opera House, Montreal Conservatory, Chateau de Fontainebleau in France, and Zhejiang University in China, and was recently heard on Chicago's WFMT.  A founding member of the New York-based Almava trio, she has been featured at Yellow Barn, Norfolk and Sarasota music festivals, and was a Performing Associate at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard, where she was honored with the prestigious John Erskine Graduation Prize, a Master of Music degree from Peabody, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Juilliard.  She served on the piano and chamber music faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory in Boston as well as the music theory faculty at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University and serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at GVSU.

Camp Programs

Morning Warmups

Livestreaming warm-up sessions begin each morning with interactive playing, listening, vocal and physical exercises.

Interactive Workshops

Various workshops are led each day by our faculty through live Zoom video conferencing with topics that include:

·  Composition: The basics of composing using Notation Software -  Learning how to use MuseScore (a free downloadable program) to create simple scores, and study the building blocks of writing Classical music: Melody, Rhythm, Harmony and Bass. Students will create short compositions and share them with the group at the end of the multi-day workshop. See an example of a student's composition from the 2020 camp.

·  How to “Sing” as a String Player

1.  The interaction between the left hand and the right hand: How to use vibrato and bow speed to your expressive advantage

2.  Intensity and long-phrase: How to feel the underlying harmony when playing a melody

3.  How to play with direction and knowing when to let go

4.  Building your voice: What do "color,” "texture,” and "weight" really mean when we play music?

·  Improvisation Interactive Workshop 1

1.  An interactive workshop teaching basic techniques for improvisation.

2.  Learning harmonization, embellishment, overcoming stage fright or zoning out

3.  Developing a variation from start to finish.

·  Improvisation Interactive Workshop 2

1.  Exploring the vocal foundations and phonetics of articulation, rhythm and phrasing and applying them to improvisation.  

2.  Using fundamental tools of rhythm and tone study to create catalysts for improvisation.  

3.  Interactive improvisation exercises using tuning drones, scales and appoggiaturas : basking in harmonies and relishing interval relationships.

·  Recording, mixing and editing virtual performances : An introduction to sound engineering -  Learning how to use Audacity (a free downloadable program) to create sound recordings, edit them to be high quality, add effects and other edits, and produce a finalized MP3 or WAV file.  Learning basic acoustics and the definition of digital sound.

·  “Got Rhythm?”-

1.  Rhythmic Interplay: Interactive rhythmic exercises that explore the interplay between big beats, subdivision, syncopation, ties, dance rhythm, and rubato.

2.  How to successfully navigate rhythms during ties and syncopations. Learn the secrets of playing off the beat, coming off a tie, timing of turns and grace-notes.

3.  “Groove: The Prodigal Son”; How we leave and return to the beat in order to create groove.

·  “Body Awareness”-  Exploring our physical approach to the instrument as an extension of the self.  Centering the mechanics of playing and examining string temperament.

·  Introduction to Video Editing: The basics of working with video editing software, starting with raw video footage and creating a complete product. Topics include: aligning and editing audio, adding transitions/effects, formatting, and terminology. 

·  Ensemble Playing – Interactive workshops on ensemble that explore:

1.  Accompanying in Chamber Music : The relationship between melody and motor rhythm, solo and accompaniment.  Creating direction in long notes; leading while keeping freedom.

2.  Understanding Rubato : What does “rubato” mean and how to use it correctly.  How to both lead and follow while playing rubato.

3.  “Importance of the Long Phrase in Ensemble Playing”: How the long phrase affects treatment of rubato, tempo, musical intensity and organic cohesion within an ensemble.

Virtual Learning Process

Students will be taken through a tangible learning process from the ground up throughout the course of the camp.  They will be taught how to use online and virtual performance practices as powerful tools for building themselves as string players and chamber musicians.

As part of this learning process students will have easy access to necessary equipment, software, instructional videos and lesson plans that include:

·  online performing; how to create effective virtual performances

·  using audio, video and music notation software

·  how to effectively play with a click track

·  how to effectively record, practice and perform with fellow musicians using Acapella, BandLab and other virtual performance apps and tools

Practice Templates, Orientations and Instructional Videos

Students receive template practice videos weeks in advance. These unique templates created by our faculty include video and audio recordings/click tracks for every assigned chamber piece.  Students receive the recording of their assigned piece (with their part omitted) to work with before and during the camp.  It’s like having a virtual side-by-side practice session with our string faculty available any time of the day!

The faculty will hold online orientation lessons during the weeks leading up to the camp.  During these orientations the faculty will test student’s equipment and software and familiarize students with the virtual process.

Instructional videos on all necessary camp software and equipment will also be sent out to students prior to these orientations.

Items and Software: What do I need for the camp and is it free?

All software used for the camp is free to download.  All students will require the following in order to participate:

·  At least one desktop computer or laptop with a built in or external camera

·  At least one smartphone with audio and video recording capabilities

·  At least one pair of wired earbud earphones.  No Bluetooth, wireless headphones or Airpods due to latency.

·  Internet connection with speeds of 10mbps or higher

ECP and EPP Program Requirements

ESME Concert Program:

·  Suzuki Book 4 equivalent or higher

ESME Philharmonia Program:

·  Must be able to read sheet music

·  Suzuki Book 1 (Late) equivalent or higher

What is the daily schedule?

The ESME Virtual String Camp runs June 21-July 2nd, 2021 with Saturdays and Sundays off.  Daily schedule may consist of 1.5-3 hours of screen time depending on the day.  Information collected during the registration process will be used to help acommodate any special needs for students to schedule at specific times creating additional flexibility for each student.

ESME Concert​ Program Daily Schedule

·  30 minute warm-up (optional)  9:30am-10am every day

·  Interactive workshop   10am-10:45am or 11am-11:45am every day

·  Private lesson   45 minutes / 2x a week  (Each student is guaranteed 2 lessons per week with the option to request more lessons at the rate of $30 per additional lesson)

·  Special Class (optional)  3pm-3:45pm every day

ESME Philharmonia Program Daily Schedule

·  30 minute warm-up (optional)  9:30am-10am every day

·  Interactive workshop   10am-10:45am or 11am-11:45am every day

·  Private lesson   30 minutes 2x a week    (Each student is guaranteed 2 lessons per week with the option to request more lessons at the rate of $30 per additional lesson)

·  Special Class (optional)  3pm-3:45pm every day

The 12-1pm hour will be reserved each day as a lunch hour where students can choose to have lunch online with fellow students and faculty or offline.  Remaining time slots in between lessons, workshops and classes will be designated as practice sessions.  Faculty assisted Breakout Room practice session rooms will be open and available to students during those times but students have the option to practice offline during camp hours as well.

A Final Virtual Performance will take place at the end of the camp that includes all student chamber groups, orchestras and faculty performances.

Chamber Music Coachings and Private Lessons

Each student receives private lessons and/or chamber music coachings from the ESME string faculty through livestream video conferencing.

Each student will be provided in advance with faculty recordings of their chamber repertoire to work with in preparation for and during the camp.  Students will also work continuously throughout the camp from recordings made by one another which will also be incorporated into teacher’s daily lesson plans and final camp performance projects.

“Breakout Room” Practice Sessions

Students will rotate between the workshops and “breakout room” individual practice sessions set up through zoom video conferencing.  Breakout room sessions will include both personal and faculty assisted practice time.

Masterclasses and Faculty Performances

Special live masterclasses and live performances by faculty artists will be scheduled throughout the camp.

On Call Faculty Assistance

Faculty members will be on call virtually any time of the day to assist students with their with camp project assignments.

ESME Chamber Arrangements

ESME chamber pop arrangements provide a unique and exciting context for students at any level to form connections between fundamentals of music making and string playing while presenting a “modern day Sukuzi” style approach utilizing modern musical exposure towards classical training.

Application Process and Tuition Costs

Tuition Cost

Registration fee for the ESME Virtual String Camp is $400 if application/payment is received by April 15th.  $500 if received by or after May 15th.

Refer-A-Friend Discount Program

​The ESME Virtual String Camp now offers a discount off your tuition every time a friend you refer to the camp signs up!  Here's how it works:

Step 1.  Invite your fellow string and piano student friend(s) to enroll in the camp.

Step 2.  Make sure they list your name next to the "Refer-A-Friend" section on the application form.

Step 3.  Both you and your friend will receive a $50.00 discount off your tuition fee. You also receive an additional $50 for every additional student you bring to the camp (up to the remaining balance of your tuition fee) so invite as many friends as you want!

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