Fall String Camp

(updated summer 2021)

October 29-31, 2021

General Information

Fall String Camp, for students in grades 6–8, will be held at a new location this year: Camp Pillsbury in Owatonna - map

Students are placed into one of three ability grouped orchestras. During the three-day camp, students are involved in large group rehearsals, sectionals, supervised recreation, movie night and bingo. It is an exciting and fun-filled learning experience!

Tuition for students is $165, and includes room and board. Wisconsin and Iowa students are welcome to attend. Teachers must be ASTA members to have their students participate. Teachers are encouraged to attend the camp with their students.

Usually the camp fills to capacity before the deadline, so please give the registration information to your students as soon as possible during the school year.


Student Registration Deadline - Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Teacher Registration Deadline - Friday, October 15th, 2021

No Refunds will be Given After - Monday, October 18th, 2021 (unless the Camp is cancelled by MNSOTA due to Covid.)

FYI - You should receive an email confirmation whenever you submit a Student Information Application.

How to Register

1. Fill out the online Student Information Application (click on the link).

*Please note - this process is not complete until you have hit the "SUBMIT" button at the bottom of the page.*

2. Make Tuition payment via PayPal (link on the Student Information Application) or check made out to MNSOTA (checks should be given to your orchestra teacher to send in with ALL paper documents). PayPal payments are preferred.

*Again, payment does not guarantee that your application has been submitted!!! Be sure to return to the application page and click "SUBMIT" after payment to ensure registration is successful!*

3. Fill out the paper Student Registration Form (with director and parent signatures) and the Camp Pillsbury Release Form (with parent signature). Turn in all forms to your orchestra director.

after step 3 the student's job is done

4. After each student registers online, directors will receive an email to place each student into an orchestra based on their skill level.

5. Directors will find 1 Chaperone for every 6 students.

6. Directors will complete the 2-page Teacher Registration From (includes Principals signature)

7. Directors will mail in ONE Packet by Friday, October 15th with:

    • ALL Student Forms and Checks

    • 2-Page Teacher Registration Form

    • 2-Page Chaperone/Intern Registration Forms

  • Directors Please Note: You are required to provide AT LEAST one overnight chaperone. Your chaperone information is DUE with your packet by Friday, October 15th. MNSOTA reserves the right to refund and cancel the registration of students if chaperones are not provided by the deadline.

Mail ALL Paper Registration Materials by Friday, October 15th to Emily Heuschele at

1881 Pascal St., St. Paul, MN 55113

Students whose teacher has not completed all parts of the Teacher Registration form will not be eligible to attend the camp.

Other Information

For more detailed information, download the Fall String Camp 2021 pdf handout (see below). It includes detailed General Information, Student Registration Form, Camp Pillsbury Release Form, Teacher Registration Form, Chaperone/Intern Registration Form and Directions/Tentative Schedule Page.

A MNSOTA member private studio teacher signature will be accepted if the student does not have a school orchestra program or MNSOTA member school orchestra teacher available for the application.

Teacher Participation

This camp is run on a volunteer basis to keep costs as low as possible for the students. We have discovered the importance and fun in having the orchestra directors attend the camp to help chaperone their students, lead sectionals and help in rehearsals. There are numerous incentives provided for teachers to participate. Please read the Teacher Registration Information in Fall String Camp 2021 pdf handout (see below) for more details.

College Interns

College string students and mature high school students (age 18 or older) are needed to help guide and supervise the students. Their duties include assisting with registration on the first day, assisting with rehearsals and recreational time, and supervising students during meals and in the dorms. More details about expectations, duties and how to sign up can be found in the Chaperone/Intern Registration Information in Fall Camp 2021 information sheet (see below) .

Overview of Schedule

Friday, October 29 - Registration at 2:45 PM, First rehearsal begins at 4:00 PM

Sunday, October 31 - Concerts from 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM