11th Annual Creative Strings Workshop and Festival


Join jazz violinist, Christian Howes and friends at the 11th annual Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, June 29-July 4, 2014.


Learn from and perform alongside world-class teaching artists Billy Contreras, Jason Anick, Hamilton Hardin, Cedric Easton, Alex Hargreaves, Robert Anderson, Paul Brown, and Greg Byers. At this amazing learning opportunity, not only will you learn from these teachers in an intimate classroom setting, but you’ll have the opportunity to display what you learn as you perform alongside these artists in multiple live performances throughout the week.



Who is this for?

  • Adult and Youth string players (violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin)
  • Intermediate to Advanced playing level on your instrument
  • ALL levels of experience with improvisation


***New in 2014: The Creative Strings Workshop will now be offering graduate credits to eligible students! Please email chris@christianhowes.com to learn how you can take advantage of this.***


What makes this camp different? 

The Creative Strings Workshop (CSW) is the ONLY summer string workshop that combines a learning camp with a festival. The intimate classroom experience allows you to actively participate in classes and interact with faculty, while the festival gives you to chance to perform live in front of real audiences alongside world class artists.


Daily Schedule

9:30 – 10:30AM. Breakfast

10:30 – 11:30AM Clinic #1 (students choose Intermediate or Advanced class)

11:30AM – 12:30PM Clinic #2

12:30 – 1:30PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:30PM Ensemble practice

3:45 – 4:45PM Clinic #3

5:30 – 6:30PM Dinner

6:30 – 9:00PM Ensemble practice

10:00PM – 2:00AM Late night jam at Dick’s Den

* All participants will have various performance opportunities at cafes, clubs and other venues throughout the week


playing outside at violin summer campTravel, Food, and Lodging

The Creative Strings Workshop will be held in Columbus, Ohio on June 29-July 4, 2014. The nearest airport is the Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). We will be providing complimentary shuttle rides to and from the airport. This year’s Creative Strings Workshop will be hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University. On-campus rooming is available for participants traveling form outside Columbus. Food is included with in room & board.



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Tuition only: $975

Tuition with shared room and board: $1295

Tuition with single room and board: $1430



Register Today!

Register now or contact us at chris@christianhowes/614-332-8689 to ensure your enrollment!

A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot at this year’s CSW. You may pay off the remaining balance at any time leading up to the beginning of the Workshop. You may also purchase your tuition (and any room and board) in full. You can do both options in the first square below.

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

If you have any questions or reservations, please call Christian Howes directly at 614-332-8689.

CSW Early Bird Adult Registration
CSW Early Bird Adult Registration
Take advantage of this Early Bird special and save $100 off the normal registration fee!

Room and board INCLUDES food for the week.

Price: $0.00

CSW Youth Registration
CSW Youth Registration
Registration for the 2013 Creative Strings Workshop Youth Program. Study improvisation, composition, and non-classical styles in an experiential learning context throughout this week long workshop! Work with world class artists every day learning R'n'B, bluegrass, free improvised music, and more.
Price: $125.00

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