Conservatory Summer Institute: String Institute

During the CSI: String Institute, students will tackle challenging, mature string repertoire under the mentorship and guidance of experienced string faculty. Students will have the opportunity to engage in large ensemble rehearsals, chamber music and individual private lessons. In addition, workshops and masterclasses regarding string improvisation and jazz studies will be offered.


Students will participate in:

  • Dalcroze-Eurhythmics
  • Ear training / solfege
  • Chamber music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Alternative string workshops
  • Guest faculty recitals
  • Masterclasses
  • Private lessons


The CSI: String Institute Orchestra will be led by Dr. Soo Han, director of orchestra studies, Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music. Additional faculty include:


Intensive Tracks

Institute intensive tracks are designed to allow students to focus more specifically in one area of study. Students in the String Institute will be able to participate in the Composition Track.


2019 Guest Artist

Christian Howes
We were thrilled to welcome guest artist Christian Howes to our CSI faculty. Christian introduced CSI String Institute students to a blend of contemporary music, modern technology and improvisation.

A Suzuki-trained violinist from Columbus, Ohio, Christian Howes grew up winning classical competitions and went on to pursue jazz, rock, fiddle styles, blues and world music, distinguishing himself as one of the premier improvising violinists in the world. After serving three years as associate professor at the Berklee College of Music, Christian formalized his Creative Strings initiatives with the founding of Creative Strings, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion and improvement of music education. He also founded his own online learning site, the Creative Strings Academy, to provide curriculum for teachers to offer improvisation, harmony and eclectic styles in the classroom. His Music Biz Mastermind courses are now offered several times annually, helping working musicians design their careers while growing their impact.

For more information regarding Christian, view his YouTube channel and website.


Application and Audition

The application is due on Friday, March 29, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m.

In order to be considered, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application
  • A recorded video audition
  • A $150 deposit



We make every effort to ensure the Institute experience is affordable for all participants. Tuition may be split into monthly, automatic installments and paid over time, leading up until the program. Customized payment plans are available.

  • Resident tuition: $995.00/participant and includes all meals and housing. A $150 refundable application fee is required. Students not admitted into CSI will be refunded this deposit.
  • Commuter tuition: $745.00/participant and includes lunch and dinner. A $150 refundable application fee is required. Students not admitted into CSI will be refunded this deposit.
  • Intensive track: $225.00/participant. The intensive tracks are added to the base Institute tuition.
  • Audition preparation program: $225.00/participant. The audition preparation program tuition is added to the base Institute tuition.

*Limited scholarship opportunities are available for students in Lorain County as well as students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Students are encouraged to check with the Community Arts School regarding eligibility. If eligible, students will need to indicate they would like to receive a scholarship when prompted in the application.

A deposit of $150 via check must be mailed and received before the audition is reviewed. Checks should be made out to Baldwin Wallace University.

Please mail your check to:
Conservatory Summer Institute
Community Arts School
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017