Summer at Cornish

Super Strings!



July 6 –July 11, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 218, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

Early Bird Discount Use the coupon code VZ22WH in the cart to receive a 10% discount on the total order. Early Bird Discount coupon code is valid until Friday, May 1, 2015.

You may register online. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

Do you love playing your violin, viola or cello? Been taking private lessons or playing in your school orchestra or other ensemble? Then this is the time to come discover why string players are at their happiest playing chamber music. We'll explore string quartets, large chamber ensemble (with no conductor!) and put on a workshop performance for family and friends at the end of the week. We'll even show you the wave of the future for classically trained string players: improvisation! Come get into the swing of the great musical conversation at the heart of string performance.

Who should enroll?

Middle school students, ages 11-14, (rising 6th graders) with basic skills in reading music should enroll.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 1:00pm in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to middle school students, ages 11-14, with basic skills in reading music and developing facility on their chosen string instrument.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    11 - 14
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available


Brandon Vance

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Brandon is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and the youngest to received the award, at the age of 14. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelors and Masters in Music, and studied under renowned violinist and pedagogue, Mr. Paul Kantor.

Brandon has performed with Scottish fiddlers Calum MacKinnon, Alasdair Fraser, Bonnie Rideout, Catriona MacDonald, and Buddy MacMaster. His discography includes “Beyond the Borders” with Mark Minkler and Alchymeia’s Debut Album. He received Suzuki Certification through book four from the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies and took a workshop from Mr. John Kendall, the man who first brought the Suzuki Method to America.

Brandon has played with four professional orchestras, and is currently a member of Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Symphony. He has collaborated with folk crossover musicians Mark Minkler (Irish flautist/Jazz pianist), Eliot Grasso (Uillean piper/Classical pianist), and Nadia Tarnawsky (Ukrainian folk singer).