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

June 28th - July 23rd, 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 women and GNC students. During the 4-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 23rd, 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
  • Guest Speaker sessions with musicians from diverse career settings
  • 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
  • SSAG Welcome pack

Important Dates for Participants

  • April 5th, 2021​: Applications Open
  • April 30th, 2021: Early Bird Application due
  • May 3rd, 2021:Early Bird Enrollment and Deposit due
  • June 4th, 2021: Regular Application due
  • June 7th, 2021:​ Regular Enrollment and Deposit due
  • June 11th, 2021:​ Tuition Balance due
  • June 28th, 2021​: Summer Strings Intensive for Girls Begins!
*Applications for participants are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are full*

Festival Costs

* Early Bird Special: $2,997 USD; Non-refundable deposit of $500 received by May 3rd, 2021
* Regular Enrollment: $3,497 USD; Non-refundable deposit of $1000 received by June 7th, 2021
*Limited Scholarships are available for participants on a case by case basis*

Not sure if you’re ready to play this summer?? 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: $879 USD

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Questions? Email Melanie Riordan, Artistic Director at

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.