June 15, 2015

15th Annual Creative Strings Workshop and Festival

 Join us at CSW for a
positively life-changing experience!

July 2 – July 8, 2017 | Columbus, Ohio


  • Immerse yourself in small ensemble coaching, clinics, jams, and concerts spanning world music, jazz, rock, and fiddle styles.
  • Rehearse and perform alongside master artists, with over 20 performances in different venues. Scroll down to learn more and register!

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 intensive track includes intermediate to advanced players ages 15-75. If you’re a pro, amateur, teacher (graduate credit available), fiddler, jazzer, teenager, retiree, student, 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.

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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 around the clock. Learn more about our faculty here.
  • Community. Connect with players from around the world on inspired and creative paths musically, personally, and professionally.
  • Tailor made. We will help you tailor your experience according to your level and interests.

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Travel, Food and Lodging

The 2017 Creative Strings Workshop will be held in Columbus, Ohio, July 2-8, 2017. We will provide shuttle rides to and from Columbus International Airport (CMH). Camp is hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University. On-campus room and board is available and recommended. Arrive July 3rd before 4PM. Depart July 8th before noon.

Real rehearsals and performances

Take a peek at what really happens at the Creative Strings Workshop. The first video features one of our many ensembles performing in downtown Delaware at their monthly public outdoor festival, while the second video is footage from a large ensemble rehearsal led by Greg Byers.

Some great players swinging in Micah Thomas’s ensemble on his original arrangement. #creativestrings took over Delaware Main Street July 3rd

Posted by Christian Howes on Saturday, July 4, 2015

The 2016 #CreativeStrings Workshop is underway!

Posted by Christian Howes on Sunday, June 28, 2015


Cost for the Intensive (Adult) program:

Tuition only: $995

Tuition + food plan (no room): $1175

Tuition with shared room and board + food: $1345

Tuition with single room and board + food: $1470

Cost for the Youth program: $145


Berklee Global String Intensive Camp (5 days):
Tuition with housing + meal plan: $2,045

Creative Strings Workshop (5.5 days):
Tuition with shared room + meal plan: $1,345 ($700 difference)



Register Now Below!

Adult program: A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to register. You may pay off the remaining balance prior to June 25, 2017. You may also purchase your tuition (and any room and board) in full. (See both options below)

Youth Program: Tuition is only $145. Please register below for the Youth program.


Register now below or contact us at chris@christianhowes.com / 614-332-8689 with questions. Youth Program registration can be found underneath the larger box here.




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

Greater Columbus Arts Council and the city of Columbus | Music Loves Ohio | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Ohio Arts Council | The Loft Violin Shop | Chamber Music Connection | Comfest