Course - - Summer 2024

Adult Strings Retreat on Madeline Island: Aug 11-14

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Adult Strings Retreat on Madeline Island
Sunday, August 11, through Wednesday, August 14
Registration Deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2024
Early Registration: Register by April 1, 2024 — and save 5%.
Are you an adult string player and a nature enthusiast? The Adult Strings Retreat on Madeline is perfect for you! During this retreat, adult recreational string players will have the opportunity to work with MacPhail’s outstanding string faculty members, connect with other adult students, and commune with the natural beauty of Madeline Island.
There are two tracks to choose from:

  1. Chamber Music for intermediate and advanced players. In the chamber music track, participants will be paired up with other ensemble members to work on string chamber repertoire.
  2. String Orchestra for beginning and intermediate players. In the String Orchestra track, participants will rehearse string orchestra repertoire with a conductor.
Participants interested in the Chamber Music track should submit a recent video of their playing so ensembles can be arranged according to playing ability. Participants interested in the String Orchestra will automatically be placed in a string ensemble.
Repertoire will be determined in advance of the retreat, and all participants will be notified in advance. Participants should practice their parts to the best of their ability and be ready for rehearsals. A small, low-pressure “share-formance” will conclude the retreat.
Boarding is available in the MacPhail on Madeline Island lodges. These buildings feature screened porches, lounges, and kitchenettes. Dorm rooms are shared between two students and are equipped with shelving, wardrobes, and air conditioning. Lodges feature two levels – the second floor is accessible by stairway only, so please note any mobility limitations upon registration. Communal bathrooms on each floor have shared sinks outside the restroom area, and a walk-in shower, sink and toilet that are housed in a separate room that is secured with a door.
Please note that there are 3 separate locations for activities. Dorms & practice rooms/small ensemble spaces are grouped together in one location, and the dining hall and performance space are in separate locations. Transportation between sites on the island may be necessary as they are not closely walkable.
For more information about the Madeline Island grounds, please visit:
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Madeline Island. Participants are encouraged to carpool; MacPhail is willing to help facilitate sharing contact information with others who want to carpool. Parking is limited on the island, and there are ferry fees both per vehicle and passengers. Transportation between sites on the island may be necessary as they are not closely walkable.
  • All Inclusive (Includes classes, lodging, meals & activities) = $1,200
    **Register by April 1 to save 5%!**

  • OPTIONALCompanion/Partner Food & Lodging Only (limited spots available) = $840

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2024
Early Registration: Register by April 1, 2024 — and save 5%.
Ensemble Placement and Repertoire
Ensemble pairings and string orchestra repertoire will be decided upon and sent out no less than two weeks before the start of the retreat.
Participants in the Chamber Music track should video record themselves playing a piece or two that they feel represents their playing. Please also include a three-octave ascending and descending scale. Upload the video to YouTube (set to ‘unlisted’) and email the YouTube link to Jeremy Swider, Chamber Music Coordinator: [email protected]
Participants in the String Orchestra track do not need to record a video.
Cancellation Policy
A 100% refund will be issued if a written (or email) cancellation notice is issued prior to June 1, 2024. After June 1, no refunds will be issued.
For additional details about the Adult Strings Retreat, including a sample schedule, visit:

Sunday-Wednesday, August 11-14, on Madeline Island

Course Details
Semester: Summer 2024
Register by: 2024-06-01
Starts: 2024-08-11
Ends: 2024-08-14
Age Range: 19 years - 55+ years
Course Type: Course Package
Department: Group Instruction
Program Method: Summer Camps
Categories: Camps, Adult Programs
Programs: Camps, MacPhail on Madeline Island
Topic: Orchestra
Instruments: Cello, Violin, Viola
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