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January 22–24, 2021


The 11th Annual Southeast Honors String Festival hosted at UNCG is an intensive three-day festival for students in grades 9-12, as well as middle and high school orchestra directors.

cello playerThe Festival Honors Orchestra provides an opportunity for advanced string students to further the development of their performance skills through rehearsals, sectionals, performances, and master classes. Dr. William LaRue Jones, Director of Orchestras and Opera at the University of Iowa, will serve as guest clinician.

Online applications will become available this Fall. Student applications, including audition recordings, are due no later than Thursday, December 3. Those selected for participation will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, December 11. The fee for each selected student is $60, which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday in the UNCG Dining Hall. The String Festival will conclude with a concert by the Honors String Orchestra on Sunday, January 24 in Tew Recital Hall.

Based on the audition recording, some students will be selected for a complimentary private lesson with UNCG string faculty members, scheduled as part of the Festival.

The String Teachers Conference features clinics on topics including string pedagogy, instrument repair, and effective rehearsal techniques, presented by Dr. Michael Hopkins, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Michigan, and members of the UNCG music faculty. The fee for all participating string directors and private teachers is $65, which includes the festival fee, refreshments, and parking. Participants may earn 1.5 units of North Carolina Certificate Renewal Credit.

The String Teachers Conference is a terrific opportunity to grow and develop as teachers and musicians under the guidance and inspiration of our outstanding clinicians.

William LaRue Jones

Dr. William LaRue Jones
Director of Orchestras, University of Iowa


Michael Hopkins

Dr. Michael Hopkins
Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, University of Michigan