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You can STILL apply, but for the Orchestra Program. No chamber music will be offered for applications after June 5.
Movement class, theory, and FUN will still be included.
Applications will be accepted for SSI until JULY 1 with the discounted rate of $595.00

Summer String Institutes 2022 will be held live, in-person. 

COVID: SSI 2022 will be following strict safety protocols per CDC guidelines. All faculty will be vaccinated against COVID. If somehow COVID restrictions do not allow SSI to be live, then SSI will be cancelled and deposits refunded, minus application fees.  
Please submit 1 video as part of the application process.  You do not have to play all the excerpts in one take, but all excerpts must be combined into a single video clip. Click on the "Resources" tab at the top of this page to download excerpts.  Only prepare excerpts for the Session(s) you wish to join.

You may start the application, save, and submit the video anytime before the
July 1 deadline.  No applications will be accepted after July 1, 2022.

All Sessions will take place at Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 100 Welsh Park Dr. 20852. There is ample parking. All performances will be held onsite.

Special Offer:  Attend 2 sessions for just $995 or Sessions 1, 2 and 3 for $1,495.  Videos must include excerpts for all sessions a students wishes to attend.

Session 1: July 18-22, 2022   $595
9:00 - 5:00
Rebecca Smithorn, conductor
"Beyond Classical" ages 11-18
"Pops" Orchestra, music theory, movement, sightreading classes and small ensemble improvisation.  (No private lessons with this session)

Session 2: July 25-29, 2022 $595
9:00 - 5:00
Victoria Gau, conductor
Orchestra for ages 12-18 (if applying after June 5, no Chamber Music is included.)
Also includes movement, music theory and 2 private lessons (45 min. each)

Session 3: August 1-5, 2022 $595
9:00 - 5:00
Rebecca Smithorn, Conductor 
Orchestra. Also includes movement, music theory and 2 private lessons (45 min. each) (If applying after June 5, no Chamber Music is included.)
Featuring Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings.

No refunds after July 1, 2022

For questions about NP's Summer String Institutes, please contact Cathy Stewart, 

Summer String Institutes Overview

National Philharmonic created its wildly successful Summer String Institutes in 1998 to nurture the skills and talents of young musicians and encourage their participation in classical music now and throughout their lives. This summer, join National Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and  orchestral music. Join us for a week long journey focused on enriching the orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music.

Virtual Solo Bach Competition 2021:

Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass.  Ages 10-18. 
Opens to students who reside in DC metro area.  All video submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2021 by 11:59pm.

Prizes: There will be winners from each instrument group from both the Junior and Senior Levels. The prize-winning performances (one movement from each winner) will be posted on National Philharmonic’s website, and on NP social media channels throughout December and January. Winners will also receive a $100 scholarship towards the 2022 Summer String Institute.

Preliminary Round: Members of National Philharmonic.
Finals: Melissa White (violin), Astrid Schween (cello)
Click on the drop down menu in the left hand column to submit and application to the "Virtual Solo Bach Competition."

Jack Weaver Memorial Competition for Violin, Viola and Cello

Deadline for submissions: 11:59pm on Sunday, May 1st, 2022.  Acceptd applications will be open as of April 1, 2022.  Submissions will be made via Accept platform.

Entry Fee: $60/student.  Payable via Acceptd platform where applications will be submitted.  

Eligibility: Any string student in MD/DC/VA metro area (see Bach Competition geography).  Student must be in grades 9-12.  If two teachers are sharing the teaching of a student, the primary teacher must teach at least 75% of the time.

Repertoire:  Three compositions of contrasting style representing at least 2 different periods of literature.  All three pieces should be performed from memory, however students will be allowed to submit up to 1 movement of a sonata that is played with music. All unaccompanied solo works must be memorized regardless of title, style period or genre.  One piece must be composed by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) or woman composer.  The work by the BIPOC/woman composer may be from the same style period as one of the other two pieces. 


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