Summer Intensive

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Free Virtual and In-Person Instruction
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Intermediate and advanced string students, ages 11-18, will develop their knowledge of string instruments, technique, literature and other music-making skills while collaborating with other young musicians.

Three Sessions Available

Three 1-week sessions are available, with each week consisting of in-person* and virtual classes. Students may register for one or more sessions, as each will be unique and cover different skills.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday classes will be held in-person* at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. Wednesday and Thursday classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Class links will be posted on Google Classroom.

Session 1 | June 14 – 18

Duos and Trios
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Small ensemble repertoire is critical for string performers and this session will focus on works specifically composed for smaller groups. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate in groups of two or three, as well as perform music based on their interests at the end of the session.

Students are asked to provide their own instrument; however, CAP can provide instruments if needed.

Guest Artist | Good Pluck Trio

In 2020, Good Pluck Trio was formed by Mille Russell, Joe Henderson and Alex Downs. The group performs a wide array of genres ranging from classical to pop. Their style is a result of their unique instrumentation which includes violin, viola, cello, ukulele, mandolin and voice. Good Pluck Trio performs throughout Jacksonville and shares recordings and performances via social media.

Good Pluck Trio

Session 2 | June 21 – 25


Explore a new string instrument that is not found in a typical string orchestra. The ukulele offers similarities to a violin, viola, cello or bass, but is much smaller and differs in the way it is tuned and played. Students will learn to play chords and melodies on the ukulele and perform together at the end of the session.

CAP will provide ukuleles for all students.

Guest Artist | Jacob Schuman

Jacob Schuman has been a music teacher for eight years, including two summers working as the ukulele teaching artist for CAP’s Camp Encore. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance for guitar, and currently teaches guitar, ukulele and piano at the Ronan School of Music and Reach Academy. Mr. Schuman enjoys working with students of all ages and is inspired by how they can create and learn through music.

Jacob Shuman

Session 3 | June 28 – July 2

String Boot Camp

Learn new and advanced techniques for playing string instruments, including tuning, scales and etudes. Students will learn excerpts from major works and develop a short solo to perform at the end of the session. Students will also be grouped according to skill level and have friendly competitions in scale and technique events.

Students are asked to provide their own instrument; however, CAP can provide instruments if needed.

Guest Artist | Dr. Nick Curry

Dr. Nick Curry is an Associate Professor of Cello and Assistant Director of the School of Music at the University of North Florida. He received a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University and both Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University.

Dr. Curry has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has presented at national, regional and state conferences and is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator. His research has been published in the American String Teacher Association’s quarterly journal, and in 2016 Dr. Curry founded the annual Jacksonville Cello Workshop for cellists of all ages and levels of expertise.

Nick Curry