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Join us for the inaugural season of the
Summer Strings Academy for Girls!

June 28th - July 16th, 2021

Welcome! I am delighted that you are interested in joining our community of women and look forward to reviewing your application!

The Summer Strings Academy for Girls is a 4-week summer festival for enthusiastic and committed female and gender non-conforming string students aged 14 - 24. The SSAG is dedicated to creating a safe space to empower, uplift, and inspire young female (trans and cis), non-binary and GNC students. During the 3-week academy, students will receive weekly private lessons from our all-female faculty, perform in studio and master classes with guest artists, participate in discussions with pioneering women in the classical music industry, learn about some of today’s leading female composers through our composer spotlight series, and watch virtual concerts by some of today's most exciting performers. Our goal at the SSAG is to provide each student with the technical skills they need to excel on their instrument, real-world insight regarding 21st century career possibilities, and the education and tools needed for navigating a career in a predominantly male industry.

Program Details

Dates: June 28th - July 16th, 2021
Location: Zoom from your room!
Participants will get:
  • Weekly Private Lessons with SSAG Faculty
  • Weekly Studio classes with SSAG Faculty
  • Weekly Group technique class with SSAG Faculty
  • Weekly Masterclasses with SSAG Guest Artists
  • Seminars on wellness, Title IX protocols, performance anxiety management, and more!
  • Composer Spotlight series featuring today’s most innovative composers
  • Evening social and concert-viewing events
  • Invitation to Join Private SSAG Facebook Community
  • Practice Accountability Partners

Important Dates for Participants

  • June 25th:​ Deposit and Enrollment Deadline
  • June 28th, 2021​: Summer Strings Intensive for Girls Begins!
  • July 2nd: Balance Due
*Applications for participants are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are full*

Enrollment Options:

*1 Week Session: $875 USD
*2 Week Session: $1750 USD
*3 Week Session: $2625 USD

*All students are eligible to receive anywhere from a 15% - 65% scholarship. For questions about scholarship and to discuss your needs, email*

All sessions (lessons, seminars, masterclasses and concerts) are scheduled Monday - Friday. The exact time of each session changes from day to day. SSAG days range from 2-3 hours long, between 2-6pm EST. For questions about which which artists will be presenting during each specific session, please email

Not sure if you’re ready to play this summer?? Interested in some of the seminars? Opt to Audit!

Auditors will get:
  • Viewing Access to Masterclasses
  • Viewing Access to Expert Series Sessions
  • Viewing Access to Seminar Series
  • Viewing Access to Composers Spotlight Series
  • Access to Private Facebook Community

Auditor Fee: $220 USD per week 

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Questions? Email Melanie Riordan, Artistic Director at

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.