Orchestra at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha 

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
June 22 - 27, 2015 | Leadership Weekend Experience: June 20-22


Students at the Music for All Summer Symposium get an exciting experience, with hands-on learning from faculty and guest artists. Students develop skills and musicianship while working on diverse styles, from classical and jazz to pop and world music.

The immersive curriculum gives students the opportunity to work with guest artists whose insight and experience exemplify musical excellence. Students get hands-on interaction with 2015 artists Christan Howes and The Ahn Trio.


Players of all levels of experience are challenged to learn. At the same time, students have fun building friendships with string players from across the country. They participate in master classes, ensemble rehearsals, sectionals and feature sessions. The camp includes an immersive concert experience with a guest artist and a string orchestra concert at the end of the week.

orchdivisionAll this in the setting of the full Music for All Summer Symposium, which brings more than 1,000 high school performers together from across the country. Leadership is a theme that runs throughout the symposium, helping build strong student leaders as well as skilled musicians.

Experience something far beyond the “everyday” at the Music for All Summer Symposium!

Christian Howes 2015 Artist-in- Residence, Yamaha Performing Artist

Jazz violinist, educator, and producer Christian Howes brings jazz and improve to the MFA Orchestra Division. Combine those with the classical offerings and you have a comprehensive string experience! One of the world’s most respected jazz violinists, Christian studied classically from the age of five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16 and receiving his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Ohio State University. In 2013, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ Expanded Critics Poll and ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. A nominee for the Jazz Journalists Association’s "Violinist Of The Year,” he received the Residency Partnership from Chamber Music America for his work in outreach with orchestral education programs. He regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Learn more at christianhowes.com.

"Students attending the Summer Symposium return to their school orchestras with more focus, discipline, and leadership." – Douglas Droste

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What do you need to bring?

  • Your instrument, bow, rosin, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players). Clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school. Please bring your mutes and extra strings.
  • Cello/Bass students: please bring your rock stops.
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.
  • CONCERT BLACK for your final performance.
  • Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse and black shoes.
  • Boys: Black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes.
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