SEMYO Dive Into Orchestra!

String Orchestra Camp For Students Currently in Grades 4-7

June 21-25 (9 a.m. to Noon Daily) @ Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra (SEMYO) is hosting a special string camp for students who have 1-2 years of experience playing violin, viola, cello, or bass.  Students will improve in skill and gain confidence while having fun playing in a string orchestra. Participants will receive daily instruction both in small break-out sessions and in a large ensemble.

The goal of the camp is to reinforce proper technique and ensemble playing skills and provide an experience to play in an orchestra ensemble. An informal performance will be hosted on the final day on Friday. All participants will receive a special camp T-shirt. Snacks will be provided.

Please note that this this camp is designed for students with limited experience. More advanced students should attend one our Community Education camps:

The camp will be led by SEMYO staff conductors Lori Ringen-Poencet, who is also the orchestra director at Friedell Middle School, and Robyn Watts who formerly taught at John Adams Middle School and Century High School. Additional instruction will be provided by area music teachers as well as SEMYO high-school mentors.

Camp Dates: June 20-24 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon)

Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1212 12th Ave NW)

Cost: $50 for the week (see below for online payment)

Scholarships: Scholarships are available for families who cannot afford tuition. To apply please complete an online form. Click here to complete the form.

COVID-19 Prevention: SEMYO will follow all current MDH guidelines for Performing Arts Organizations. This will include but not be limited to required face masks and social distancing. Breaks will take place outside as weather allows. Participants will be asked to stay home if they are feeling ill or were potentially exposed to COVID-19 and refunds will be granted.

Performance: An informal performance will be held on the last day of camp on Friday, June 24.

Registration: Click here to register online

Tuition may be paid online or mailed to SEMYO, 1001 14th ST NW, Suite 450, Rochester, MN 55901.  Tuition is due on or before the start of camp on Monday, June 20.

For questions please contact Corey Henke at or call 507-696-2023.

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