Junior Strings Intensive

June 21-July 4 | Ages 10–13*

*Students who have not yet matriculated into high school

Students who have not yet matriculated into high school

Junior Strings Intensive offers talented middle school violin, viola, and cello players the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and advance technical and musical skills in a small group setting. Guided by a diverse and experienced faculty, you will receive hands-on attention within a holistic curriculum of large ensemble, chamber music, and solo instruction. With an enrollment of 22, you’ll receive the individualized attention you need. JSI is under the direction of Margaret Cerjan.

Sample Daily Schedule


String Orchestra and Chorus

String Orchestra will build group unity and high-level ensemble performance on primary instruments. Through a unique and creative curriculum, Chorus will enhance and inform musical expression. Repertoire will primarily be classical in nature, but may also draw from modern jazz/fiddle/improvisation works.

Chamber Music

You will receive daily chamber music coachings 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

You will receive four thirty minute private lessons during the two week period dedicated to work on chamber music and solo repertoire.

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.

2019 Faculty

Faculty subject to change. 2020 faculty to be announced.


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