Junior Strings Intensive

June 16-29, 2019 (Two Weeks)

Ages 10–13 | Students who have not yet matriculated into high school

Junior Strings Intensive, under the direction of Margaret Cerjan, offers talented young violin, viola, and cello players the opportunity to advance their technical and musical skills in a small group setting against the backdrop of the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts and Tanglewood. With an enrollment of 22, students receive the hands-on attention they need.

Through a holistic curriculum of large ensemble, chamber music, and solo instruction, students rehearse, receive coachings, participate in master classes, and perform in community concerts and program recitals. Extra-curricular classes explore different genres of music, practice techniques, and body awareness, as well as outdoor activities and fun events. With world-class performances by BUTI faculty and at the Tanglewood Music Center, JSI is an immersive experience where students are nurtured and inspired by the joyful music making happening all around them.

Sample Daily Schedule



Faculty subject to change.

String Orchestra and Chorus

String Orchestra will build group unity and high-level ensemble performance on primary instruments. Chorus will enhance listening and aural skills necessary for the advanced musician. Repertoire will primarily be classical in nature, but may also draw from modern jazz/fiddle/improvisation works.

Chamber Music

Students will meet with their chamber group each day and will be assigned one or two full pieces. Each group will have the opportunity to perform in a community concert, one performance class, one master class, and the final JSI concert, if deemed ready by their mentor coach.

Master Classes

Master classes with JSI faculty and guest artists cover topics such as body awareness, fiddling, improvisation, solo string workshops, and chamber music.

Private Lessons

Each student will receive two one-hour private lessons during the two week period.

Residential Life and Other Activities

Extracurricular activities are planned daily and may include games, movie nights, trivia, yoga, hiking, and swimming. Additionally, JSI students enjoy the many student, faculty, and Tanglewood concerts (pre-season events). Read more about student life at BUTI, including information on housing, dining, health and wellness, and transportation.


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