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January 24–26, 2020


The 10th 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. Prof. Douglas Droste, Artistic Director of the Muncie (IN) Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at Ball State University, will serve as guest clinician.

Online applications will become available on Monday, November 4, 2019. Student applications, including audition recordings, are due no later than Thursday, December 5. Those selected for participation will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, December 13. The fee for each selected student is $55, 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 26 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. Laurie Scott, Director of the String Project and Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas, 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.

Douglas Droste

Prof. Douglas Droste
Artistic Director, Muncie (IN) Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestras, Ball State University


Laurie Scott

Dr. Laurie Scott
Director, String Project and Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning, University of Texas at Austin