June 15, 2015

18th Annual Creative Strings Workshop and Festival


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Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 4, 2020 | Columbus and Delaware, Ohio

  • Immersion: Rehearse and perform alongside master artists, with over 20 performances in different venues. Throw yourself in to a schedule jam-packed with small ensemble coachings, clinics, jam sessions and concerts spanning world music, jazz, rock and fiddle styles.
  • Growth: Step out of your normal routine and experience new breakthroughs.
  • Collaboration: Working with over 100 other creative musicians means you are with over 100 potential collaborators, and maybe even new BFF’s
  • Connection: Performing with awesome bandleaders live, interacting in several ensembles, while connecting on a musical and human level, is the kind of thing that can change your belief in what’s possible for you – and open up options for the future of your musical career.
  • Exposure: At this event, there’s just something in the air. It changes you.

Our intensive track welcomes professionals, students, amateurs and teachers of all ages. (Teachers can earn professional development credit.)

Our half-day youth program is primarily for locally-based middle school and high school students.

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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.

Stefanie Stellars Musician, Educator

What sets CSW apart?

  • Our student to faculty ratio of approximately 1:7 allows for heavy interaction with our amazing faculty in an intimate, nurturing environment. Learn more about our faculty here.
  • Community. Connect with players from around the world -musically, personally, and professionally.
  • Tailor made. We tailor your experience according to your level and interests.
  • Cutting Edge. We prepare you to seize the new and awesome career opportunities available to the modern string player.

Travel, Food and Lodging

The 2020 Creative Strings Workshop will be held in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 4, 2020. We provide shuttle rides to and from Columbus International Airport (CMH). Camp is hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University. On-campus room and board is recommended. Arrive June 28th before 4PM. Depart July 4th before noon.

Rehearsals and Performances

These videos feature two of many small ensembles in one of 20+ public performances that take place during the week.


Intensive Track:
Tuition only: $1095
Tuition + food plan (no room): $1260
Tuition with shared room and board + food: $1695
Tuition with single room and board + food: $1905

*Buy your ticket or place a deposit by April 1st, 2020 to receive a $100+ discount*

Youth Program:

Tuition: $145


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

Creative Strings Workshop (6 days):
Tuition with shared room + meal plan: $1,475 ($570 difference)

Participant Testimonial:

Register Now Below!

Adult program: A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to register. You may pay off the remaining balance prior to June 1, 2020. 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.

For more information regarding different facets of the camp, consult the sidebar at the top right of this page.

Adult Program:

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Youth Program:

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Asheville Extension Week:

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Are you ready to change the way you make and teach music?


Supported and encouraged

I felt so supported and encouraged and I made so many friends and professional contacts in this “leave your ego at the door” environment. I truly felt that everyone at CSW entered in the spirit of mutual growth and sharing of knowledge. I love my Creative Strings community!

Sue Buzzard Violinist

Life-changing experience

Creative Strings Workshop is truly a life-changing experience. The reason I want to keep coming back to CSW is because it has only ever made my life and craft better, and I probably would have quit music by now if not for the workshop and the community that surrounds it.

Rose Kow Xiu Yi Violinist

Think about the possibilities that come from sitting in a room alongside dozens of musicians who need no introduction to how you think musically. They don’t just understand it, they live it everyday. Those are the people who can help you take your music to the next level. And they’ll be in Columbus this July.

If you’re worried about making the investment in coming, email me at chris@christianhowes.com or call me at 614-332-8689. I will personally answer you because I want you to feel comfortable and excited about being with us. There is nothing more important to me in my work right now than helping you feel like you’re leaving Columbus with a positively life changing experience this July!


Creative Strings thanks the greater Columbus Arts Council, the City of Columbus, and the Mayor of Columbus for their support.

Ohio Arts CouncilGreater Columbus Arts Council

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

Yamaha D'AddarioLoft Violin Shop