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Celebration of the Arts

Welcome to the String Performance Institute

The String Performance Institute (StPI) is a five-day program presented each summer for students in grades 8 through 12 who play harp, violin, viola, cello and double bass. All activities are held on the historic UD main campus, and instruction is provided by Department of Music faculty, along with professional guest artists from Dayton-area organizations including the Dayton Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others.

The String Performance Institute will return in 2025.

The String Performance Institute (StPI) offers a curriculum that is perfect for young string players seeking to prepare for college auditions or for those who simply love to perform and wish to learn more. StPI sessions and events are geared toward both learning and fun. StPI participants enjoy these activities in a college setting, utilizing several facilities throughout campus. Below are some typical institute activities.

Workshop Topics:
  • Daily individual lessons
  • Collaborating with an accompanist
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Bluegrass/Alternative styles
  • Learning the art of practicing and auditioning
  • History and maintenance of string instruments
  • Developing expressive tools
  • String orchestra sight-reading
  • Master classes held by UD faculty and guest artists
  • A culminating Gala Recital, free and open to friends and family
Typical Extracurricular Activities:
  • Daily morning yoga and warm-up sessions
  • Chaperoned dinners at local restaurants
  • Dinner, bowling and pool in The Hangar (on campus)
  • Faculty recital
  • Visits to UD's state-of-the-art Rec Plex facility
  • Movie night


Department of Music

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946