June 22–27, 2014 Grades 7-12
Updates will be coming soon!
Cougar String Camp is a chamber music/orchestra camp designed for intermediate* and advanced string players, grade 7-12, including those having just completed 6th grade, and those having just graduated from high school. Violinists, violists, cellists and bassists work with Washington State University faculty and other fine musicians to improve their musical skills in a variety of ways. The camp focuses on chamber music (string quartets and trios), but campers also have the opportunity to participate in orchestra, jazz improvisation, fiddling, string techniques class, music theory class, composition class, voice class, history class and master classes.
*For first-time Cougar String campers, please see the minimum skill requirements
Cougar String campers also enjoy recreational activities such as picnics, indoor and outdoor games, dorm time, fun evening activities, concerts, and the use of the WSU Recreational Center. Cougar String Camp staff provides 24-hour supervision. Experienced counselors stay in Wilmer-Davis Dormitory with the residential campers.
Two other WSU music camps, Summer Keyboard Explorations, and the WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camp, are run in conjunction with Cougar String Camp. This is a wonderful opportunity for string players who want to come to camp with friends who are pianists, oboists or bassoonists. All three camps participate in the same social activities, many of the same musical activities and share the same dormitory.
Participants arrive and move into the residence hall on
Sunday, June 23rd. All boarding and commuting students will be provided dinner on Sunday evening and an orientation to the camp followed by the first rehearsals.
The closing concert is Friday, June 28th, beginning at 1 pm. The camp ends when the concert finishes, around 3:30.
- $435 residential (includes instruction, room and board, camp shirt, and special evening events)
- $300 commuter (includes instruction, lunches, camp shirt, and special evening events)
Cougar String Camp is for intermediate and advanced players. As a minimum we require that students
--Be able to sight read at least an orchestra grade 2.5 level
--Be comfortable in and have good intonation in keys of up to three sharps and three flats (C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat)
--Be able to count independently on rhythms involving dotted quarters, eighths, dotted eighths, and sixteenths
--Be able to shift and play in positions: violinists and violists must be able to play in first and third position; cellists must be able to play in first through third position and be comfortable using extensions; bassists must be able to play in half through third position
-- Have a history of practicing at home independently at least four times a week.
--Have at least three years of school orchestral playing experience or three years of private lessons.
If you are not sure if a student is at the right level for Cougar String Camp, please contact Meredith Arksey at 208-553-2316 (cell) or 509-335-3961 (office), email@example.com.
There are two types of scholarships available at Cougar String Camp:
- The Quartet Fellowship Competition Scholarship
- The General Scholarship based on merit and/or need.
The Quartet Fellowship Competition Scholarship is for pre-formed quartets. The members of the winning group receive all expenses paid scholarships.
Applications and recordings are due May 1st.
The General Scholarships are individual scholarships based on financial need and/or merit (partial scholarships only).
Applications and recordings are due Monday, May 1st.
Application forms and fees must be received by May 17, 2013. Apply early to reserve your place.
This year all applications will be submitted online; the application link will be available soon
In addition to submitting the online application, please print and fill out the forms below and return them by mail.
You may include a recording to ensure that you are placed in a chamber group and an orchestra that fits your level. Please record:
- A scale of your choice (two or three octaves), played twice, a slow version and a fast version.
- Two minutes of a piece of your choice.
If you don't send a recording, then we will attempt to place you using the information on your registration form. Recordings will not be returned.
Registration for CSC is officially closed. Please contact Meredith Arksey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-553-2316 if you wish to be considered for late registration.
* Cougar String Camp Agreement [.pdf]
* Medical Information and Treatment Authorization Form [.pdf]
* SRC Youth Liability Waiver Form [.pdf]
* SRC Youth Activities Waiver [.pdf]
Directions to Pullman [.pdf]
* to-be-returned forms
Documents with an asterisk need to be filled out and returned. You may download the documents above and send them in with the application to:
Cougar String Camp
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Meredith Arksey, violin/viola, WSU Faculty
Ruth Boden, cello/bass, WSU Faculty
Richard Kriehn, violin/viola, fiddling
David Snider, bass, WSU Faculty
Stephen Swanson, bass, Spokane Symphony
Jeanne Bourgeois, violin, Spokane Symphony
Andrea Chandler, cello, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra
Katherine Sartori, violin, Olympia Symphony
Inga Kingsley, violin/viola, Washington-Idaho Symphony
Matt Piatt, bass, WSU
Austin Schlichting, violin/viola/composition
Denise Snider, jazz, Washington Idaho Symphony
Check-In, Sunday June 23
Residential campers (those staying in the dormitory) will check in at Wilmer Residence Hall (corner of Thatuna and Campus streets) on Sunday June 23rd between 2:00 and 4:00. If you’ve made a special arrangement to be dropped off earlier, that’s fine. For those arriving by plane, camp staff members will meet you at the Moscow-Pullman airport. It’s a small airport, so don’t worry about finding the drivers. They will find you. If there is any problem, please call Meredith Arksey’s cell phone, 208-553-2316.
Day campers should arrive at Wilmer Residence Hall (corner of Thatuna and Campus streets) on Sunday, June 23rd at 4:00 PM for check-in, followed by a pizza dinner, then orchestra/chamber music rehearsals. Day campers-Don’t forget to bring instruments and music on Sunday. There will be recreational activities following the rehearsals (possibly kick-ball, so wear tennis shoes), and parents can pick up day campers in front of Wilmer Davis dorm at around 9 PM (they are welcome to stay and socialize at the dorm until 10:00).
Day Camper Arrival and Departure times Monday 6/24-Friday 6/28 Day campers who are taking an enrichment class (voice, composition, music history or music theory), will need to arrive at Kimbrough Music Building by 8:25AM (enrichment class starts at 8:30AM). Day campers who are not taking an enrichment class will need to arrive at Kimbrough Music Building by 8:55AM.
Check-Out, Friday June 28
Friday June 28 1:00-3:30PM (or later) Final Concert: Family and friends are encouraged to attend the closing camp concert. It will be held in Bryan Hall Theatre (clock tower building across from Kimbrough Music Building). If parents can’t find street parking, it is recommended that they park in the underground parking structure on Colorado Street (entrance at the bottom of the hill next to Smith Gym). It costs a couple of dollars per hour, and you’ll pay as you leave.
At the conclusion of the concert residential campers will check out of the dorm, and return their keys (or be charged $50 to replace the key). Please make sure to inspect the rooms carefully for personal items.
Convenient parking on campus (Friday afternoon concert)
--Once you have arrived on campus and are on Stadium Way, turn toward the center of campus on Colorado. From Colorado follow the road past Mooberry track, then past the gym areas and then you will see on the left hand side of the street Holland Library parking structure – turn left into the structure. Park, take the elevator to the ground level and you will then be at the Terrell Mall area. Proceed west to Bryan Hall Theatre (the tall red clock tower).
Monday-Friday sample music schedule
8:30-9:00 Enrichment classes or personal practice
9:00 roll call/announcements
9:15-12:00 Music activities (personal practice, orchestra rehearsal, chamber music coaching, fiddling/alternative styles, technique)
12:00-1:00 Lunch at Kimbrough Music Building
1:00-3:30 Music activities (personal practice, orchestra rehearsal, chamber music coaching, fiddling/alternative styles, technique)
3:30-5:30 Recreational activities and dorm time
Monday 6/24 events TBA
Tuesday 6/25 7:30-8:45PM Faculty concert in Bryan Hall. This will be a fun performance, and day campers are highly encouraged to attend, and to bring parents, siblings and friends. Parents can pick up day campers around 8:30PM, or at the dorm anytime before 10:00PM
Wedesday 6/26 5:00-8:00PM Barbecue Picnic and Games at Reaney Park. We’ll be walking there and back. If you want to swim in the outdoor pool, please bring $2 and your swim suit and towel. Day campers are welcome to attend. Parents may pick them up around 8:00PM at Reaney Park or at the dorm anytime before 10:00PM.
Thursday 6/27 6:00-8:45PM Dress rehearsal followed by ice cream. (Day Campers are required to attend) Parents can pick up day campers around 9:00PM, or at the dorm anytime before 10:00PM.
Friday 6/28 1:00-3:30PM (or later) Final Concert: Family and friends are encouraged to attend the closing camp concert. It will be held in Bryan Hall Theatre (clock tower building across from Kimbrough Music Building). If parents can’t find street parking, it is recommended that they park in the underground parking structure on Colorado Street (entrance at the bottom of the hill next to Smith Gym). It costs a couple of dollars per hour, and you’ll pay as you leave.
Check-out 6/28 At the conclusion of the concert residential campers will check out of the dorm, and return their keys (or be charged $50 to replace the key). Please make sure to inspect the rooms carefully for personal items.
An e-mail will be sent to day campers describing the recreational activities for each afternoon, and what time each afternoon day campers will need to be picked up.
For residential campers, breakfasts and three dinners (Mon, Tues and Thurs) will be at Southside Dining Center. At the cafeteria there is a lot of variety, so be sure to take advantage of that and eat nutritiously. Because the dining hall is a long walk from the music building, we will be eating lunches on the lawn outside of the music building (inside if the weather is rainy). Day campers will also be provided lunch (no additional charge). The lunches will be catered by local restaurants. Here’s the lunch menu. Please inform Meredith Arksey if you have dietary restrictions (there will be a vegetarian option at each meal).
Sunday—Pizza (variety of meat, cheese and vegetarian)
Monday—From Basilio’s: Old World lasagna, spinach Lasagna, bread sticks, salad.
Tuesday—From the Emerald Chinese Restaurant: A variety of Chinese dishes, fortune cookies
Wednesday—From Subway: Sandwiches (many varieties of meat and vegetarian)
(Wednesday Dinner will be Barbecue Picnic and Games at Reaney Park (Day campers are included, no additional cost). Menu: vegetarian hot dogs, regular hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, vegetables and dip, watermelon, cookies.
Thursday—From Basilio’s: spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti with marinara sauce (no meat), chicken Caesar Salad, Italian cob salad (no meat), sesame breaded ginger chicken salad, bread sticks.
Friday—Pizzas (variety of meat, cheese and vegetarian).
Some people get hungry before bed because dinner is early in the evening. If you think you may want snacks, please bring them.
Housing and Roommates: All boarding campers will be housed in Wilmer Davis Residence Hall (corner of Thatuna St. and Campus St.). If you have a roommate preference, be sure to fill in the roommate portion of the application. If you would like us to assign you a roommate, one will be selected from your own gender and age group. If you are comfortable with being in a single room please indicate this on the form (no extra cost).
Sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and blankets will be provided by the residence hall. This dorm can be hot, so bring a fan or two.
Counselors: The CSC counselors will be available at all times to make the CSC experience safe and enjoyable. They will assist and supervise the students at all meals, activities, and during all time spent in the residence hall. The faculty will be responsible for supervision during class time.
We recommend that all possessions be clearly labeled with the student’s name. We cannot be responsible for valuable items such as iPods, cell phones, cameras, or jewelry.
What to bring:
-Music, metronome, pencil and music stand (for use in the dorm). Make sure your name is on them!
--Swimsuit and towel
--Shorts, jeans, shirts, socks, underwear. Ladies, please do not bring really short shorts or skimpy tops.
--Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.
--Washcloths and towels
--Shoes suitable for walking
--Dress clothes for the concert (black/white not necessary—just nice clothes--no shorts, skimpy tops, tennis shoes or flip-flops)
--Spending money (especially two dollars for swimming at Reaney Pool)
--Cellos and basses: rock stop or something that holds your endpin
--Books, board games, card games,videos or DVDs (G or PG)
Any violation of these rules will result in disciplinary action or immediate dismissal from the program. The student and his/her parents will be responsible for reimbursing Washington State University for any damaged property. There will be no refund of tuition/fees if a student is dismissed from camp.
- Students will respect the rights, privileges and property of others. Students are not allowed to touch any other student’s instrument without permission. Any disagreements between students should be brought to the attention of a counselor or program director for a resolution.
- Students are required to attend all rehearsals, classes and to contribute to the learning atmosphere by full cooperation and participation. Coaches will take roll each day and immediately report any absences. Students are expected to follow the camp schedule and participate in all scheduled meals, social activities, orientations and special presentations.
- Students must be in their rooms for bed check by 10:00 PM, and my not leave the room except to go directly to the bathroom and directly back to the room.
- No male student will be allowed on the female students’ hall/floor and no female students will be allowed on the male students’ hall/floor. A male and female caught in the same dorm room will be dismissed from camp. The first floor lobby lounges and the recreation rooms on the lower level may be used by both male and female students.
- No behavior detrimental to the group or an individual, no willful damage to property, no possession or use of illegal drugs, marijuana, alcohol or tobacco is allowed.
- No driving of or use of a motor vehicle by a camper is allowed, except for arrival to and departure from camp. Resident students’ cars will be parked on a nearby street and not moved until the end of the program. Day campers who drive themselves each day may not use their cars during the day, and are responsible for finding their own parking places.
- Students must remain on WSU campus at all times unless accompanied by a coach, counselor, parent or guardian.
Reminder: Residential campers must return their room keys at check out. Those who fail to will be billed $50.
Optional Enrichment Classes, 8:30-9 AM
If you’re a residential camper and you choose not to take an enrichment class, you will have an extra half hour of private practice in the music building. If you’re a day camper and choose not to take an enrichment class, then you may plan to arrive at Kimbrough Music Building by 8:55 AM.
Music History Made Fun, (taught by Keri McCarthy) This course will describe the life and times of musicians from Gregorian Chant through modern day, focusing on various themes including classical music from Mozart and Beethoven, operas of Wagner and Verdi, and 20th century musical mavericks. Learn about how our musical traditions have evolved over time!
Voice for the Instrumentalist (taught by Dean Luethi)Use of the voice is an essential skill for any musician. This class will discuss the basics of vocal production, tips for sight-reading (a necessity for any music major or minor) and how a healthy voice is a happy voice. We will also discuss the performance techniques and timbres of popular musicians including Rihanna, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder. If you sing or not, this class is for you!
Music Composition Seminar (taught by Austin Schlichting) This class will cover new music literature, composition techniques, and will revolve primarily around classroom discussion will culminate with short individual student compositions.
Music Theory in a nutshell (taught by Dr. Ruth Boden) This class will cover the fundamentals of music theory that are used daily by musicians; key signatures, scales, primary triads and functions, sight-singing, ear-training, and rhythm. Come learn how you can turn this basic knowledge into better sight reading skills!