String Society IMMERSIVE


  • Course Type: Immersive
  • Grade Range: 5 - 12
  • BYOD Course ? No
  • Total Price: $795
  • Instructor: Diego Garcia and Annaliesa Place


Week 1
6/26 - 6/30
Week 2
7/05 - 7/07
Week 3
7/10 - 7/14
Week 4
7/17 - 7/21
Week 5
7/24 - 7/28
Week 6
7/31 - 8/04
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A summer day camp program for exceptional string musicians Grades 5-12!

Now in its 10th year, String Society is a fun filled week of musical magic, offering an immersive, intensive opportunity to explore gems of the string orchestra repertoire while being introduced to music by living composers.

June 26 – 30, 2017 Learn, create, perform… and jump start your musical summer with String Society 2017!

In addition to orchestra and chamber experiences, students will also take part in sectionals, an improvisational workshop, and mindfulness activities such as yoga. As an exciting innovation offered this year, students will take two private lessons with the esteemed faculty. String Society culminates with a Grand Finale Concert, on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Lunch is included in the fees for this program.

Key Dates:

  • NOTE: All candidates must apply online. To submit an application for audition for String Society 2017, click here  or go to:
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017:  1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  – Auditions *
  • Monday, March 13, 2017:  3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. – Auditions *
  • June 26 – 30, 2017 – Camp in session; Grand Finale Concert on Friday, June 30, at 3:00 p.m. in Hajjar Auditorium, Klein Campus Center

*A video recording may be emailed for applicants unable to attend either of the Audition Dates.  Video recordings may be emailed to Annaliesa Place at The deadline for video recordings is Monday, March 13, 2017.

What our Students Say

“I have been in String Society for 3 years now. String Society is a camp where musicians from elementary school all the way through high school can come together to share a love of music for a week. Over the years, I have made friends with many other campers by participating in the music, sports, or other activities offered during the week. Once I am in college in two years, I am sure that I will cherish the many memories I have made at String Society.”
– Dylan Melisaratos, Dwight-Englewood School ’18

“String Society was one of the best musical experiences I have ever had. This camp was fun, and I learned so much in just one week. Also, the conductors were great!”
– Emilia Gessmann George Washington MS, Ridgewood, NJ ’17

About our Directors


Diego Garcia  (Associate Director of Strings/Conductor) Born in Cali, Colombia, he entered the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory at the age of five, where he began his musical studies in piano, cello, and conducting. This set the stage for a multifaceted career as performer, conductor, and educator. Over the past decade, Diego has become a sought-after composer for instrumental and choral works. His music has been broadcasted several times on NPR’s ‘Live from Hochstein’. Recent commissions have included the original score to the independent film Heart of Tango, Rochester Oratorio Society, and Gibbs & Main. Currently, Diego is a conductor and cello instructor at D-E and he also serves as Orchestra Director of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music Symphony Orchestra. 

Annaliesa Place  (Director of Strings) Annaliesa performs across the United States and abroad with ECCO, Classnotes, Traveling Notes, ACJW, Absolute Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble. She has recorded albums with Absolute Ensemble for Sony Classical and ECCO for eOne Records. Annaliesa is also founder, faculty advisor and creative director for StringJam, Dwight-Englewood Upper School’s elite conductor-less string ensemble, which has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.

Together, Mr. Garcia and Ms. Place are Bowstruck, a dynamic violin/cello duo that creates a unique voice with original compositions and arrangements of the classics. In Summer 2016 they co-directed an international music festival in Switzerland on behalf of the Juilliard School.  For more details visit


  • Ella Heifets, violin
  • Ani Kalayjian, cello
  • Salley Koo, violin
  • Adda Kridler, violin/viola
  • Everhard Paredes, violin
  • Karen Poleshuck, cello

Questions? Call 201-227-3144 or email

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