Mason High School Strings Institute

Summer Chamber Strings Student Rehearsal




Summer Arts at Mason 2022

The Mason High School Strings Institute is designed for advanced violin, viola, cello, and bass players.

Each participant will work with renowned string artists and pedagogues in orchestra and chamber ensembles during this dynamic week of music making. All students will participate in a final event.


Ages:  Rising 9th – 12th Graders (13-18)
Dates:  June 27 – July 1, 2022
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Tuition:  $595
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, de Laski Performing Arts Building

Sample Daily Schedule:
Orchestra Rehearsal
Chamber Ensemble coaching and assisted practice
Special Topics and Presentations such as faculty performances, open masterclasses, sightreading sessions, optional private lessons, and lecture demonstrations


A successful audition is required to participate in this program. Audition material will be used to determine ensemble placement and repertoire. Please upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video and paste the video link in the online application. Students will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible. See Audition Material below.


COVID REQUIREMENTS:  Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.

Registration is Closed.

Audition Material:

• 3-octave C major scale (2-octaves for double bass)
• 3-octave d minor scale (2-octaves for double bass)
• 2 contrasting excerpts from solo repertoire that best demonstrate your ability (5 minutes total)
• Please make sure both hands are visible at all times.


Get details and register for AFTER CARE (4pm-6pm).
After Care cost for the week is an additional $140.




Co-Director/ Instructor: June Huang
Mason School of Music Professor
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Professor June Huang serves as director of strings at Mason’s School of Music and holds a Masters of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was a member of the Young Artist String Quartet. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an undergraduate. Professor Huang studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Kneisel Hall. Her primary teachers include Jens Ellerman, Stephen Clapp, Ronald Copes, and Marilyn McDonald.

An active performer in the Washington, D.C. area, she has performed with the National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Wolf Trap Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra, and Amadeus Orchestra. She is a frequent chamber music collaborator and has appeared in concerts with the Staunton Music Festival, Red Lodge Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, and Virginia Virtuosi. A specialist on the baroque violin, Ms. Huang plays and records with Opera Lafayette, Four Nations, REBEL Baroque Orchestra and Mannheim Rocket. Leadership positions have included concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort and the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra.

Professor Huang is a passionate teacher and has a strong interest in furthering the field of violin pedagogy. She is a guest clinician at many camps, schools, workshops, and clinics. A teacher certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a recipient of a research grant from the Levine School of Music, she visited Matsumoto and studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Suzuki.

Professor Huang founded and directed the String Camp/Strings Plus at Levine Music in Washington, D.C. for 26 years.

Co-Director/ Orchestra Conductor: Dr. Soo Han
Mason School of Music Professor
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Dr. Soo Han is the newly appointed Director of Orchestral Studies at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University. He is also the Music Director of the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In addition, he is a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and a program coordinator/faculty member with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer Youth Orchestra program.

Prior to his appointment at George Mason University, Dr. Han served as the Director of Orchestral Studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. He conducted the Baldwin Wallace (BW) Symphony Orchestra, the BW Opera Theatre, and led a successful performance tour with the BW Symphony Orchestra in addition to maintaining an active conducting studio.

An active conductor, Dr. Soo Han has appeared with professional orchestras throughout the country in addition to directing university orchestras. He is a frequent conductor for All-State, Regional, and Honor Orchestras throughout the U.S., appearing in over 30 states. He has also conducted internationally with orchestras in Austria, China, Thailand, and Australia. Dr. Han has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies and has premiered several commissioned works for strings and full orchestras. He has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for national and state music conferences including the Australian String Teachers Conference, Maryborough National Australia Conference, Midwest Clinic, American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference, NAfME National Conference, and the Ohio University Summer String Teacher Workshop.

Dr. Soo Han is a co-author, contributor, and managing editor for Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 4, one of the leading orchestra pedagogical resources published by GIA. He is the past president of the Indiana chapter of the American String Teachers Association; the Indiana chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president. Having taught music in public schools for fifteen years, he is a passionate supporter of public school music programs and continues to remain active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country.

Dr. Soo Han received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and studied piano with Edward Auer. He received his Master of Science in Education from Indiana University School of Education, and his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University – College of Music where he studied with Kevin Noe.


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“I loved all of my groups, and I liked having a faculty performance every day and having yoga as a way to take a break.” – Chamber Music Intensive 2019 Participant




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