13th Annual Creative Strings Workshop and Festival

Join us for a positively life changing experience

June 28 – July 4, 2015 | Columbus, Ohio


– Immerse yourself in small ensemble coaching, clinics, masterclasses, jams, and concerts spanning world music, jazz, rock, and fiddle styles.

– Rehearse and perform improvised music in small ensembles alongside master artists, with over 25 performances in different venues.

Watch the video above to hear Christian discuss the workshop with This Week (Delaware, OH) in detail.

Who is Creative Strings Workshop for? Creative musicians. Especially string players.

  • Our full program (the “adult program”) includes intermediate to advanced players with beginner to expert improvisation skills ages 15-75. If you’re a pro, amateur, teacher (graduate credit available), fiddler, jazzer, teenager, retiree, or future rock star looking for 16-hour+ days full of music, you’ll fit right in.
  • Our half-day program (the “youth program“) is for local middle school and high school students. It meets four hours per day and is subsidized to offer local students affordable, fun, summer enrichment. Click here for more info.



What sets it apart? 

-Heavy interaction with amazing faculty in an intimate, nurturing environment. Rehearsing, performing, eating, learning, listening, jamming, partying, networking, and receiving mentoring from world class artists.

-Community. Connect with players from around the world on inspired, creative paths, musically, personally, and professionally.

-Tailor made. We will help you tailor your experience according to your level and interests.


playing outside at violin summer campTravel, Food, and Lodging

The 2015 Creative Strings Workshop is set to be held near Columbus in Delaware, Ohio, June 28-July 4, 2015. The nearest airport is Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). We will provide shuttle rides to and from the airport. Camp is hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University. On-campus room and board is available and recommended. Arrive June 28th before 3PM. Depart July 4th before noon.


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Cost for the Adult program:

Tuition only: $975

Tuition with shared room and board + food: $1295

Tuition with single room and board + food: $1430

Cost for the Youth program: $125


Register Now Below!

Adult program: A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to register. You may pay off the remaining balance prior to June 28. You may also purchase your tuition (and any room and board) in full. (See both options below)

Youth Program: Tuition is only $125. Please register below for the Youth program.

Register now below or contact us at chris@christianhowes.com / 614-332-8689 with questions.


After registering, you will receive an email within the next 1-2 days confirming your registration.


CSW Adult Registration
CSW Adult Registration
Amount displayed is cost + transaction fees. To avoid transaction fees, you may send a check via the postal service. Email chris@christianhowes.com / call 614-332-8689 to inquire about this option.
Price: $0.00

CSW Youth Registration
CSW Youth Registration
Price: $125.00


Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their support towards scholarships and/or other associated costs:

Ohio Arts Council | Greater Columbus Arts CouncilMusic Loves Ohio | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Loft Violin Shop | Music and Arts | Electric Violin Shop | Dixon Stein | Chamber Music Connection | Columbus Music Co-op | City Music Columbus | The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation