Berklee and Mark O’Conner Summer String Program

The Berklee College of Music in Boston has announced a new Summer String Program to be held next year with Mark O’Connor. It will be held June 27 through July 1, 2011 immediately following the Mark O’Connor String Camp on the campus of ETSU in mid-June.

Both camps will offer instruction in a variety of style, notably Bluegrass, Celtic, classical, and jazz. The program will take place on three tracks simultaneously:

  • The Mark O’Connor String Program, featuring an all-star faculty lineup, for aspiring mid- and upper-level performers
  • A teacher training program, preparing professional string teachers to use the O’Connor Method.
  • A day program for young children who are beginners.

Mark is pleased that he will be able to hold a camp in Boston next year.

“I’ve been pleased to be informally associated with Berklee for quite a few years. The idea for this collaboration took shape last December, when I was in residence at Berklee for the inauguration of their American Roots Music Program. With its own remarkable string faculty and amazing resources, the college will add even more to what we’ve been doing with the String Camps. And Boston, with a terrific contemporary string scene—which is happening largely because of Berklee—is going to be an ideal location.”

O’Connor gives a taste of what you can expect in this video overview.

More details can be found on the Berklee web site.

The ETSU camp will run June 20-24 in Johnson City, TN.

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