Are you ready to change the way you make music?
Creative Strings Workshop
World-Renowned Training in Contemporary Styles and Improvisation
These workshops are perfect for you if you’re a bowed string player of any age and you’d like to:
✓Become comfortable with improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects
✓Play music beyond classical
✓Attract a wider range of professional opportunities
Teachers, the workshops are a good fit for you if you’d like to:
✓Give your students the skills and confidence to try something new on their own
✓Provide curriculum relevant to their needs
I'll be back next year, and the next
I left cherishing the music I have to share. I took away a re-kindled desire to keep at it, to learn the tools with patience and dedication. To leave my ego out of it, and walk toward a goal, with no need to get there. I'll be back next year, and the next.
Questions? Email [email protected]
Creative Strings Workshop began 18 years ago with a vision to connect innovators in the string playing community.
It’s become a catalyst of a global community—a destination where purpose-driven artists converge to charge the soul.
This is something you’ve simply got to experience.
- Growth in mindset- Step out of your routine to experience new breakthroughs.
- Collaboration– Connect with like-minded creative spirits, potential collaborators, and maybe even new BFFs.
- Connection- Interact with an inspiring teacher or ensemble, on a musical and human level, can change your belief in what’s possible.
- Exposure- When you’re there, there’s just something in the air. It changes you.
- Opportunity– Seize many new opportunities by gaining the right combinations of skills and knowledge.
- Contribution– Come, learn, take, and give back to your students and community.
Take a second to think about the possibilities that come from sitting in a room alongside others who need no introduction to how you think. They don’t just understand it, they live it everyday. Those are the people who can help you make your vision a reality.
Nothing but the best
I’m floored and grateful for all Chris's very helpful advice. I’ve heard nothing about the best about Chris and that certainly shows here. His advice is heartfelt, generous and cogent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are these events suitable for my age, background, and level?
Most of the events are suitable for ages 14 and up, and open to a wide range of levels including teens, college, seniors, professional players, teachers, and amateurs.
We welcome players of all backgrounds, whether classical, fiddling, or other!
Previous experience with improvisation or contemporary styles of playing and teaching is NOT required.
The Columbus Youth Program is designed for ages 10-14.
The Columbus Adult Program and CSW Europe, is designed for ages 14 and up.
Asheville is designed for ages 18 and up, however we will make exceptions for some students under 18 provided that we can have a conversation with the parent first and/or the parent is willing to attend.
What if I’m already super advanced at classical, jazz, or fiddle styles? Will I be challenged?
Can you play Giant Steps at 250BPM improvising double stops without repeating yourself?
Can you play Sally Goodin at fast tempo in any key and any position?
You will be challenged.
What’s the difference between events in each city?
Columbus—Our flagship event of 18 years running welcomes 15 guest artist instructors, and you will work in chamber ensembles, and perform in many concerts around Columbus. It’s a huge party for 6 full days.
Europe (Lausanne, Switzerland)—Features three instructors, a smaller festival, for three full days.
Asheville—a 5-day intimate experience in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with a limited size group (approx. 15 total). Most of this emphasizes small class instruction with Christian, outings, and working with a few other guests.
Singapore, Manhattan, Bangkok, Australia—The two-day bootcamps are group lessons scheduled from 10am-6pm. Christian will take you through extensive playing sequences and share his entire curriculum. These are often paired with small performances, meals, and get-togethers. Often include seminars on entrepreneurship.
Can I receive professional development funding for these events?
Yes. We are recognized and/or have worked in conjunction with many prominent educational associations, including American String Teachers Association, Ohio Music Educators, North Carolina Music Educators, Suzuki Association of Americas,
We are happy to provide documentation for you to help you apply for funding through your school, employer, city/state, or association
Is financial aid available?
In some cases, yes. Learn more about financial aid here
We do make some scholarships available for the Columbus programs. Early registration helps. In some cases we offer work study.
Apply to join our Ambassador Program. This allows you to earn credit towards your tuition by referring others.
Click here: Ambassador Program Application
Learn more about Work Study here: Work Study Application
Learn more about Financial Aid here
Reach out to [email protected] with questions.
Join us at one of six locations in 2020
Feb. 14-16, 2020
Feb. 24-25, 2020
June 28-July 4, 2020
July 7-13, 2020
(Limited to 15 participants. Claim your slot before it sells out)
June 9-10th, 2020
June 6-7th, 2020
June 2020 (TBA)
Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.