Musicians are grouped by grade/age and ability. Occasionally, exceptions are made. However, placing elementary aged children in the middle/high school groups is not recommended, regardless of a musician's advanced technique.
There is no formal audition for group placement. Ensemble assignment is largely determined by grade/age. Instructors assess the musicians during the first few days and may recommend class movement to the Program Director after conference and observation. Please direct any concerns about ensemble placement to the Program Director.
All aspects of registration take place online. Please submit the registration application online. Payment will be in the form of secure online credit card payment via PayPal, processed by Encore Music Virginia, LLC. If you have concerns, please feel free to email us at viennasummerstrings.com.
The daily schedule includes a 30 minute indoor lunch period. Lunch is not provided. Musicians must bring their own lunch every day.
Vienna Summer Strings 2023 is a three-week program. Staff is hired, curriculum planned, and materials purchased accordingly. The 2023 season cannot be prorated or discounted for missed days.
*There are a number of reputable businesses in our immediate area with competitive instrumental rental programs. They will size your child for a proper fit and ensure they have everything they need to be successful. Internet, Ebay/Craigslist/Yard Sale and "box store" instrument purchases are strongly discouraged. String instruments require an expert to qualify their play-ability: inspection of proper bridge and sound post set-ups, string quality, and bow/hair quality are best left to the string shop experts who deal with these critically important aspects of stringed instruements on a daily basis. Instruments purchased from places other than an expert music shop are often in great need of repair. The instrument will require attention and you will end up visiting a shop anyway and will spend even more money to get it into working condition for your child. Please contact us if you would like us to suggest a reputable store in the NoVA area. The shop will work with you as your child grows into the next sized instrument for the many years ahead of beautiful music!
Please file and use your payment receipt and confirmation email (from VSS) for tax filing purposes. If you have a specific form that must be completed, it must be brought in person to the Program Directors during the program dates. Further requests for tax id, etc. should be emailed to VSS directly. We will be happy to provide as many details as we can.
VSS does not provide transportation. However, we do provide the option to sign up for the carpool list. Be sure to indicate at the time of registration that you want to be included on the list. The list will update as registrations come in, so frequently visit the report link you will receive in order to arrange your carpool early. VSS is not responsible for coordinating carpools. The list is provided as a courtesy. It is your responsiblity to make contact and set up your carpool.
Not at this time. Full payment is required for each musician in order for registration to be complete. Musicians seeking fianancial aid or scholarship opportunities should consult their school strings teacher or PTA/Booster representative to inquire about possible school sponsorship.
VSS is proud to provide a high quality program for a very reasonable fee. The hourly rate for the program is $6/hour. Every class is led by highly qualiified, licensed educators, (many with mulitple music/education degrees). We aim to keep our staff/musician ratio as low as we can.
In short, After-Hours is two more hours of fun with VSS friends and staff! Musicians will rotate among music-themed activities such as: arts and crafts; low-impact games & recreation; guided instrumental practice; snack time. Availability is limited. The minimum enrollment is 20 per week, or the program risks being cancelled.