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Upper Midwest String Camp

Upper Midwest String Camp for Grades 7-12
The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN - map
           cancelled for 2020 and for 2021
July 24–29, 2022 for students (42nd** Year)
July 23–29, 2022 for interns, counselors and faculty

On behalf of the faculty of the Upper Midwest String Camp, it is with an overwhelming level of sorrow that we announce the cancellation of the Upper Midwest String Camp for the summer of 2021. The decision to cancel last year was easy compared to the decision to cancel this year. Had we been just a little further along the way with vaccinations and the possibility of achieving herd immunity by July, we might have been able to negotiate camp as we know it this year. We will return next summer, July 24-29, 2022. Registration materials will be posted by the end of the year.

Thank you for your support.

General Information
The Upper Midwest String Camp is jointly sponsored by The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph and MNSOTA. This is the ideal summer program for 7th through 12th grade students eager to develop their string playing through chamber music, string orchestra and technique classes. On the first day of camp, teachers hear students play to assess their experience in order to divide students according to age and ability for daily orchestra and chamber group rehearsals. The faculty of distinguished artist-teachers is aided by a corps of outstanding college student teaching interns, making possible considerable individual attention.
String Camp Poster

Student Details
There is no entrance audition; students are accepted in the order in which they apply. There is a small pool of scholarship money available to assist students who otherwise not be able to attend; contact camp director David Arnott for scholarship information. 

Registration and Health Forms will be available for download in early 2022. Apply early to ensure your spot!

Poster will be available for download at the bottom of this page in spring 2022.
Please print and post for your students

Intern Opportunities & Dorm Counselor Opportunities
The Upper Midwest String Camp needs college interns to assist faculty in sectional rehearsals and technique classes. One intern is also needed to serve as an administrative assistant to help organize the chamber music program. Interns and faculty share coaching of student chamber groups — the students have the faculty coach for half the session and the intern coach for the other half of each daily session. Interns and faculty participate in daily pedagogy discussion and mentoring. Interns also have opportunities to observe student orchestral rehearsals and to participate in the faculty/intern solo and chamber music recital. The final chamber recital by the students is often a highlight for interns as they hear the success they have helped to foster.
Dorm counselors are also needed. Counselors assist the recreation director during meals and students’ free time, live in dorms with students and monitor nightly curfew. Counselors have opportunities to observe student classes and orchestra rehearsals. March 31, 2022 will be the application deadline for Teaching Intern & Counselor positions.

Contact Dr. J. David Arnott at the College of St. Benedict ( or 320-363-5717) if you have questions.

For more details, download the documents listed below.


Faith Farr,
Aug 27, 2020, 7:10 PM