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Summer String Academy

Summer String Academy
Laura Cahn, Director

Join us this summer at the AYPO Summer String Academy!

For current AYPO students and newcomers alike, this is a great opportunity to develop or introduce musical skills like music theory, composition, chamber and orchestral playing, fiddling, improvisation, and more - all while having some fun! During the Academy, students will have the opportunity to play side-by-side with experienced student mentors from AYPO under the direction of American Youth Debut Orchestra and String Ensemble Conductor Laura Cahn.

Dates: July 22nd - 26th, 2019

Time: 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: Providence Presbyterian Church (9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031)


$475 (+$50 reservation fee*)
Ages 11-15

A skill-deepening curriculum including:

  • Orchestra Rehearsals

  • Sectionals

  • Chamber ensembles

  • Individual coachings with professional faculty

  • Electives

  • Fun outdoor activities!


$400 (+$50 reservation fee*)
Ages 8-12

A foundation-building curriculum including:

  • Orchestra Rehearsals

  • Sectionals

  • Introductory Music Theory

  • Electives

  • Fun outdoor activities!



* Reservation fee holds a spot in the Academy for any student currently enrolled in AYPO (2018-2019) or non-members accepted into the program.

How to Apply

Students enrolled in any AYPO ensemble during the 2018-2019 season:

  • Submit an application.

Students not enrolled in an AYPO ensemble:

  • Submit an application AND

  • On the application, submit an unlisted YouTube video audition link. See detailed instructions here.


***Applicants will be notified of their application status as early as April 15th, and will receive registration payment instructions at that time***

Questions about Summer String Academy can be directed to Molly Schranck at