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Summer Strings Practicing in Paulson Center

NYU Summer Strings

Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is taking the summer off!  Our acclaimed Summer Programs and Workshops won’t be offered in 2024 as we plan for more compelling and varied offerings in 2025 and beyond.  Sign up to receive information on Summer 2025 as soon as it's available.

Participant Information (In-Person Workshop)

  • Two private lessons per week
  • Daily interactive seminars on confidence-building and developing one’s musical voice 
  • Daily masterclasses with regular opportunities to perform for renowned faculty
  • Live faculty chamber concert and solo student performances
  • Daily string orchestra rehearsals culminating in a performance
  • Regular chamber music readings
  • Activities and excursions throughout New York City

Typical day:

9-12 Practice/Lessons
12-1 Lunch
1-2 Technique and Performance Class
2:15-3:30 Creativity and Improvisation Seminars/Masterclasses
3:30-4 Break
4-5:15 String Orchestra
Evening: Chamber Readings

More Information

NYU SummerStrings is an intensive workshop for today’s most talented and promising young musicians. We offer the highest level of training for entrance auditions, orchestral auditions, and competitions. Our SummerStrings 2023 workshop welcomes serious violinists, violists, and cellists ages 12+. Please note that participants must be at least 15 at the start of the program to stay in the residence halls.

SummerStrings will give you the skills that you need to forge ahead with confidence! Under the guidance of our renowned faculty members, many of whom have won major competitions and orchestral auditions, you will spend your days putting together the elements needed for successful performances.

The in-person workshop will include group activities focused on refining your technique, overcoming old habits quickly, and exploring your musical voice through improvisation and creative expression. Participants will play together daily in a tango ensemble, a string chamber orchestra and evening chamber music readings. Enjoy university led excursions and activities throughout New York City including Broadway musicals, baseball games and museums.

Audition Requirements

Submit 1 audio or video file with two contrasting movements or works from the solo repertoire.


Ani Kalayjian

Music Adjunct Faculty

Stephanie Baer

Music Associate Professor of String Studies and Director of String Studies

Cyrus Beroukhim

Music Associate Professor of String Studies

Joohyun Kate Kim

Music Adjunct Faculty

Leonardo Suarez Paz


Summer 2024 Application


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String Studies
Professors -  Stephanie Baer, Cyrus Beroukhim
String Studies Program Administrator - Jess Bauer