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Christian Howes' Creative Strings Workshop is an intimate and realistic learning experience for any aspiring string player. This year's camp will be held June 29 - July 5 at Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio.

Through clinics, community outreach performances, one-on-one coaching, gigs at popular clubs, and public and private jam sessions, participants immerse themselves in an intense week of experimentation and experience with nearly every genre of improvisation-based music.

The workshop's high level of energy and musicianship is fueled by its world class faculty as well as its passionate, accomplished, and supportive participants.

In addition to Christian Howes, past instructors have included: cellist Dana Leong, violinist Rob Thomas, arranger/pianist Bert Ligon, pianist/composer Daniel Kelly, bassist Chris Berg, and drummer Cedrick Easton -- plus Billy Contreras, Alex Hargreaves, and more! Also joining is a seasoned battery of rhythm section players and bandleaders for professional accompaniment.

Is the Workshop Right for Me?

If you have a passion for your instrument and want to learn from the best, the Creative Strings Workshop is for you. Workshop participants include talented music students, teachers and professional string players.

In addition to learning and performing, you will engage in spirited, after-official-hours collaboration and jamming with other students and faculty members. This is the kind of "old school" musical mentoring and riotous creative support that is nearly non-existent in the professional musical world today - but vital training that will compel creative growth.

The Creative Strings Workshop is designed for students age 18+. Younger students may participate with parental supervision. Parents, please write to christianhowes@aol.com to set up a time to discuss your son/daughter's desire to attend the Workshop.

What Does it Cost?

Tuition is only $650 ($625 for alumni) if you register by April 15, 2009. After April 15, the cost is $675 for all attendees. Workshop participants will pay for their dorm room and food separately.

Click here to view room and food rates.

Attention students who will be driving - a discount may be available on your registration if you will allow other students to carpool with you while at the Workshop. You can note on the registration form if you can do this and you will then be contacted (but make sure to complete your registration and pay first - discounts will come in the form of a refund).


Space is limited! Click here to register!

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