Strings camp flier 2015

Click here for Online 2015 Registration form!

Required Medical History Release Form (Complete & bring to Check-in)

Revised 2015 Summer Strings Camp Packet

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  • On campus campers:   July 19-25, 2015
  • Commuters:  July 20-25, 2015
  • Camp Director & Conductor - Mike Burkpile
  • Conductor - Casey Buck
  • Guest Conductor - To be announced
  • Assistant Camp Director  - Susan Burkepile
  • Activities and Dorm Life Director - Roshell Cobb
  • Additional Teachers  - To be announced
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The UCA/CSM Summer Strings Camp is a comprehensive week-long program for violin, viola, cello and double bass players at the early to intermediate levels of instruction and beyond.  The camp is primarily for 6th-12th grade students; students should have completed at least one year of private lessons or one year of orchestra before attending camp.  On -campus campers will check into the dorm on July 19 and commuters will check in by 8am Monday, July 20. .

Activities during the day will include rehearsals and special activities, including master classes, a fiddling workshop, a Webinar with Young Orchestra Professionals, Ultimate Frisbee, Extreme Noodling and Age vs. Beauty Kickball!

Night activities will be available for both commuters and on-campus campers, and include Wild River Country,  Movie Night, the Camper Dance and more!

The camp will end with a rousing and inspiring concert Saturday morning, July 25,at 10:30AM in Ida Waldran Auditorium, Main Hall (Old Main), with performances by the Bear Quintet, Grey Orchestra, Purple Orchestra and Bear Orchestra.

On Campus Campers:  Register by June 30 and save $25 to reserve your room in UCA's Jefferson D. Farris Hall, residence hall for UCA's Honors College students.  Students will eat meals in Christian Cafeteria.

Regular camp hours for commuters are 8:15 am until 5 pm Monday - Friday; drop off will be at the front (south) entrance of the Snow Fine Arts Center (SFAC). On the first full day of activities, July 20, commuting students will check in between 7:15 and 8am in the lobby of SFAC.  The first session will be held at 8:15am in the Recital Hall; students will then be separated into groups and given a week-long class schedule.   After the first day, commuters may be dropped off  between 7:30 and 8am.  Rehearsals begin at 8:15am.

Early Bird Discount:  Commuter tuition: $ 190, or On-campus tuition $390, if payment received by June 30.

After June 30:   Commuters $ 215 if payment made between July 1-16; On-Campus $415 if payment made between July 1-6.

Students staying on campus will check in to the dorm between 5 and 6pm on July 19.  Eat somewhere before check-in!   Students must check out on July 25, between 12:45 and 1:30pm.  Meals will be served at Christian Cafeteria, just across from the Snow Fine Arts Center.

A free Camp T-shirt is provided for campers who register by June 30   Mark your size on the registration application.  Parents or siblings may order extra shirts for $8 for each additional shirt.  Please include sizes needed if ordering extra, include the cost in your tuition check, and make your order by June 30.

Our camp has expanded to three orchestras!  Performance groups will include the:

  • Bear Quintet:  Advanced students selected by conductors for work study prior to camp.  They will serve as Camp Counselors and receive free room and board.
  • Bear Orchestra: High School/Advanced - Approximately Grades 9 -12 (as of Spring 2015)
  • Purple Orchestra: Intermediate - Approximately Grades 6-8 (as of Spring 2015)
  • Grey Orchestra:  Beginner/Early Intermediate – Approximately Grades 6-7 (as of Spring 2015)


Cancellations made prior to July 7 will be refunded in the amount of the tuition paid, minus the registration fee of $20 (included in the tuition cost).

All policies and conditions of the Community School of Music are agreed upon when a registration form is completed and returned to us.  For our policies please call us at 501-450-5755 or 501-450-3672, or visit our web site at (Tuition Payment, Inclement Weather, Make-up and Refund policies).

If you have any questions, contact either:

Teresa Bumgarner, CSM Assistant, 501-450-3672 -

Or, Jann Bryant, CSM Director, 501-450-5755 -




UCA is honored to again host the second week of the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival. Now in its 8th year, FCMF provides an outstanding 2-week program for developing and advanced string musicians and pianists.

The study and performance of chamber music presents a unique opportunity for musicians to practice their own instruments, while interacting with other musicians and discovering some of the greatest music ever written. The goal of the FCMF is to provide an immersive musical environment for students, in which they can not only expand their knowledge of chamber music, but also deepen their musical experience as a whole.

Email Jo Preece at for additional information, or go to

Click here for the FCMF registration form.

Masterclass - Friday, July 31 @ 1-3 PM @ UALR-SBS
Faculty Recital I - Saturday, August 1 @ 3 PM @ UALR-SBS
Exploring Music - Monday, August 3 @ 1 PM @ UCA-Snow
Faculty Recital II - Thursday, August 6 @ 7 PM @ UALR-SBS
Student Recital - Saturday, August 8 @ 3 PM @ UCA-Snow


We are very proud to announce that the Suzuki 5-Piano and Chamber Workshop  will return to UCA on June 22-26, 2015, at UCA's Snow Fine Arts Center.

Piano students will participate in four classes each day depending on the level of ability.

  • Students who are studying the Minuets in Suzuki Book 2 or above  will participate in daily Five piano rehearsal, Master Class, Chamber Class and either Singing or Dulcimer.
  • Students playing in Book 1 or the first part of Book 2 will participate in daily Five piano rehearsal, Master Class, Singing and Dulcimer.

Beginner students:  This will be a parent education and beginner student class taught by Bruce Anderson.  It is highly motivational for both students and parents. These students will bow at the beginning of the Five-piano concert.  For the concert they will dress in concert attire.  They will also be presented a special gift at the concert.

Beginner students will also participate in daily Dulcimer and Singing classes to enhance musicianship.

String students: Chamber string students will participate in daily Triolets and/or Chamber Music Classes. Ability to read music is required for chamber string students.

Siblings: Younger siblings may register to participate in a daily dulcimer class, singing class, and field trips (during piano sibling's master class).  The field trips will be supervised, fun activities on campus.

The workshop will culminate in performances by students participating in the workshop in the Snow Fine Arts auditorium. There will be a five-piano concert and a combined chamber music, singing, and dulcimer concert.

Click here to register online.



Band and Choir students:  For information about additional music camps held at UCA but not sponsored by the UCA CSM, go to or .