Summer Chamber Strings Institute

Chamber Strings Institute

June 10-13, 2018

Registration deadline is May 18, 2018

The Chamber Strings Institute is a four-day camp for stringed instrument players. It is open to students entering grades 9 through 12 and 2018 high school graduates.

Please review all information on this webpage before registering.

For more information about the Summer Strings Institute contact Hans Sturm

Bass Player at the Glenn Korff School of Music

Students will:

  • Receive chamber music coaching from members of the UNL string faculty
  • Perform in solo masterclasses
  • Work directly with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's award winning string faculty, violin soloist and Albany Records recording artist, David C. Neely, Lincoln Symphony principal violist Clark Potter, cellist with the Trio Nuovo and Concordia String Trio Dr. Karen Becker and EMI and Innova recording artist Dr. Hans Sturm.

Disability Accommodation

The University Conference Services is committed to providing appropriate accommodations to guests with disabilities. In order to ensure that appropriate arrangements can be made, guests with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations must contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at 402/472-3787 at least three weeks prior to their scheduled arrival on campus. Please be prepared to tell that office the name of the conference/camp and dates of attendance.


REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 12, 2018 through May 18, 2018.

We do not accept late registrations or "walk-ins." Registration fees are not refundable.

Dorm-resident camper: $355. The fee includes lodging from June 10 through June 12 and meals from lunch on June 10 through lunch on June 13. The registration fee also includes a camp t-shirt, music, evening activities, instruction and the $5 application fee.

Non-dorm resident camper (daily commuting from home): $275. The fee includes lunch each day of camp, camp t-shirt, music, instruction and $5 application fee.

Chamber Strings Institute Registration Site

For more information about the camp contact Dr. Hans Sturm.

Please note that the Chamber Strings Institute is NOT the same as the Chamber Music Institute (an event for adults). Make sure that you scroll down the list on our registration page and choose either the GKSOM-Chamber Strings Institute Dorm Resident or GKSOM-Chamber Strings Institute Non-Resident


  • Do not wait until the deadline date to begin the registration form. We will not extend the registration deadline.
  • Go to the Slide Room web page located at
  • Set up an account using the participant's (CAMPER’S) name, an e-mail address that you check regularly, and a password of your choice. Note: multiple campers from the same family may NOT use the same account information. This software requires a unique name and email address for each camper. Be sure to click the SIGN UP button on your first entry. You will be sent an email with a link to activate your account. You can leave and return to the application form repeatedly until you have completed all questions. Click the LOG IN button on return visits to the application site.
  • Follow the Slide Room instructions to complete your account set-up.
  • The application set-up should be done by the camper's parent or guardian because permission forms and health information is included in the registration form.
  • Answer all of the questions on each of the screens.
  • The final step is payment of the camp fee. Credit or debit card information is required. The Slide Room site is secure. Your credit card will show a charge from Slide Room, not the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Please communicate this information to all parties responsible for the credit card in question. Note that you cannot return to the form once you complete all of the steps.


We ask that each camper prepare and submit an audio recording of two contrasting pieces or movements. The camper can also include etudes or orchestral excerpts. The audio recording is not for admission purposes. These recordings will be used to help match students in chamber ensembles.

Preparation and Making a High Quality Recording

  • MP3 files are required. Please do not submit WAV files. Video recordings, CDs and cassette tapes will not be accepted.
  • Practice with a metronome when preparing the music prior to making the recording. The faculty want to hear musical playing, but they also value a solid fundamental approach to your playing. Listen carefully to intonation when recording.
  • Prepare your the music well in advance of your final recording session.
  • We suggest that you record your practice sessions so that you have a good idea of your playing before you make the final recording. This will also help you to practice using the recording equipment for optimal effect. Do not wait until the registration deadline day to begin this process! Give yourself time to make a second recording if the first take doesn't work out.
  • You should set up the mic(s) 6 to 10 feet away, and 6 to 8 feet off the ground. Adjust the input up to the red zone, but not over. If using a laptop and appropriate software (i.e. GarageBand or the cross platform application Audacity), the use of an auxiliary mic (USB or Firewire) is recommended in lieu of the built-in mic on the computer.
  • Listen to your recording before you load it onto your registration form. Please make sure your MP3 file will play on a computer.
  • When recording, clearly state your name, instrument and high school BEFORE you begin playing.
  • DO NOT NAME THE FILE WITH YOUR SCHOOL'S NAME! Your recording file name must be your INSTRUMENT and your NAME (i.e. violin_Sample-John.mp3).