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TCCC/Itasca Orchestra & Strings Program Music Camp in partnership with Reif Dance, Reif Theater Ed and the MacRostie Arts Center

AUGUST 22 – 27, 2021

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The TCCC/IOSP camp activities will focus on nurturing the individual potential of participants and ownership of their art, providing a safe and supportive environment for creativity and expression, developing team-work skills, and an understanding of music as a universal language, accessible to all. We are hoping to engage our existing and future students into creating their own artistic community, one that they will be proud of and they will want to belong to. In addition, diverse and international backgrounds of the our faculty combined with their worldwide experience as teaching artists, will serve as a tool for increasing the general awareness of the importance of art, enrich, inspire and educate the participants in the context of cultural diversity.

The camp is designed for students between 8-18 years old and will offer a combination of instrumental training, workshops based on innovative teaching methods (Harvard University Pretexts), group activities focused on the integration of arts, and performance opportunities. Special events include a week-long exhibition of participants’ artwork created during the camp.

Registration will be available via GetLearning when their summer catalog is live. Registration will be limited due to Covid-19 distancing requirements.


Online registration for lessons has closed. Contact us by email if you are interested in signing up for lessons. Availability is limited.

Please see main String Program Page for more information.
(Click on String Program and do not choose one of the pulldown options.)





The Strings Program provides lessons to students ranging in age from youth to adult in violin, viola, cello, and bass.

In student lessons, all students work on solo music repertoire and skills development.

Weekly October through May Lessons during the school year

Lessons are available at area schools or in our lesson room located in the Reif Center.

During the October through May Session, students may participate in one of four after school ensembles based upon student playing level.  Students participating in orchestra learn foundational musical skills, while developing teamwork and leadership skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Students in Grand Rapids may ride a bus from their school to the Middle School for their weekly after school orchestra rehearsal.

Cellos and basses are not allowed on school buses and must be dropped off at the school by parents and guardians.

Click here for concert information.

Prelude (Beginners) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
Overture Wednesdays 2:45-3:45
Intermezzo Thursdays 3:30-4:30
Chamber Orchestra (advanced) Mondays 3:30-4:30


Click here to register for October through May Strings Program Lessons (youth and adult)

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through Minnesota Afterschool Advance Instrument rentals are discounted for low income students. Inquire at [email protected]

The deadline for competitive scholarships has past. Applications will be available in April.


IOSP also has instruments for monthly rental for students enrolled in the program

Violins:   $15
Violas:    $15
Cellos:    $25
Basses:   $30

Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program is ADA compliant.

For more information, see main tab “Strings Program”