April 6, 2010

Creative Strings Workshop Youth Program

Youth Program Group Photo 2016

Registration now open for 2017 CSW!

July 3, 5-7, 2017

Where: Sanborn Hall at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio


The Creative Strings Workshop Youth Program provides an affordable opportunity for string players ages 10-18 based near Columbus, Ohio to study fiddle styles, blues, rock, world music, and jazz with master artists from around the world. They will learn about arranging and composing, how to amplify and play electric instruments, improvise their own solos, and try many new approaches to music making.

While you’ll be working with world-renowned artists, the Creative Strings Workshop displays a non-competitive, non-intimidating atmosphere to allow everyone to learn to the best of their ability without having to worry about being judged. We will be providing separate learning tracks for middle schoolers and high schoolers in 2016.


Schedule from 2016 – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

  • 12:45 pm – Arrive and check in
  • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Orchestra rehearsal with breaks
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Interactive workshop
  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Observe Artist Performance

Friday, July 7
string students learning improvisation at the violin summer camp in columbus

  • 12:45 pm – Arrive and check in
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Orchestra rehearsal with break
  • 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Interactive workshop with Guest Artist (to be announced)
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Youth Concert for parents and public in Sanborn Hall


Other Information

Check-in: Check-in will happen on July 3. The first class will begin at 1:00p. Please make sure your students have eaten lunch. They can bring snacks if they like. Parents are welcome to attend and hang out, observe, or participate in any way. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know!

Questions? Call Christian at 614-332-8689 or email chris@christianhowes.com

During their week at the Creative Strings Workshop Youth Program, students will participate in ensemble rehearsals and master classes exploring jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, and other styles. No previous improvisation experience is necessary, but students should have a basic reading level for music. Advanced students age 14 or older may want to consider the Adult program, which is more intensive. Register below: