Mason Strings Camp

Mason Strings Camp

Ages 9-13


The Mason Strings Camp is a collaborative musical experience for violin, viola, cello, and bass players, ages 9 – 13. The two-week program is designed to help students build technical proficiency on their instruments while exploring their individual creativity and self-expression through music performance. In addition to working with faculty from the Dewberry School of Music, participants will have the opportunity to interact with teaching artists from Opera Lafayette. 

Campers will participate in a variety of daily activities including orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, and instrument-specific small group masterclasses. Students will also meet with the Opera Lafayette teaching artists to explore creativity and self-expression through music. The first week will culminate in a recital featuring student solo and ensemble performances. Students will also participate in a final presentation at the end of the program showcasing the collaboration between the Mason Strings Camp and Opera Lafayette.

Sample Daily Schedule:
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome and Announcements
9:15 – 10:30: Orchestra Rehearsal
10:30 – 12:00: Collaborations with Opera Lafayette
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:45: Small Masterclass
1:45 – 2:30: Chamber Ensembles
2:45 – 3:45: Collaborations with Opera Lafayette
3:45 – 4:00: Dismissal

*Note: This schedule is an example of a typical camp day. Actual schedule subject to change.

Ages: 9-13 (Rising 4th – 8th Graders*)

Dates: Week 1: July 3 – 7, 2023 (no camp July 4) 
Week 2: July 10 – 14, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Tuition: $1,100

Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building

Minimum Acceptance Level

*Minimum Acceptance Level: Registration is open to rising 4th – 8th graders (ages 9 – 13) who are involved in a youth orchestra program and have note reading ability, and/or have at least 2 years of private lessons.

After registration, a Placement Video Submission is required of all students by May 15th.

Students must submit 1 audition video (5 minutes total) performing 2 contrasting excerpts and a scale that best demonstrates your ability. Both hands must be visible at all times.

Students will be grouped based on ability and experience.

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Program Faculty

June Huang
Mason Dewberry School of Music Professor

Prof. June Huang is the Director of Strings and Assistant Professor of Violin at the Dewberry School of Music. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in applied violin, chamber music, pedagogy, and string methods. Prof. Huang has a Master of Arts 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 Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an undergraduate. Prof. Huang studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Kneisel Hall. Her primary teachers include Stephen Clapp and Ronald Copes.

Prof. Huang 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 at the Staunton Music Festival, Red Lodge Music Festival, and Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. A specialist on the baroque violin, Ms. Huang plays and records with Opera Lafayette, Four Nations, and REBEL Baroque Orchestra. Leadership positions have included concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort and the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra.

Prof. Huang is certified by the Suzuki Association of the America and is a member of the initial cohort of Communicating Honor for Diversity. As a grant recipient from the Levine School of Music, she visited Matsumoto and studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Suzuki. Prof. Huang is an active clinician and was the Founder and Director of String Camp and Strings Plus at Levine Music in Washington DC for 27 seasons. She currently directs the Mason Community Arts Academy Strings Camp and High School String Intensive.

Professor Huang is a member of the Editorial Committee of the American String Teachers Association and a presenter at the ASTA National Conference for 2022 and 2023. Additionally, she will perform and present at the Midwest Clinic and at the state conferences of the Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Virginia Music Educators Association this season. Prof. Huang is studying the intersection of music education and citizenship, and she intends to complete a Masters Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution next May.

Term Assistant Professor of Music

  • Director of Strings
  • Applied Violin
  • String Pedagogy
  • Chamber Music


  • MA, Music Performance, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • BM, Music, Oberlin Conservatory

Omar Cruz
Guest Artist, Opera Lafayette

Read more about Omar

Omar Cruz is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Performer, Theater Maker and Educator. As a performing and generative artist, he brings two decades of professional experience to the table. He started his career as a street dancer in Puerto Rico, quickly climbing the ladder to cultural heritage work sponsored by Compania de Turismo.

Omar is experienced in devising, working with process-oriented new works, and teaching students of all age groups and cultural backgrounds. Selected teaching credits include: American University, Shakespeare Theater Company, Smithsonian Associates, Adventure Theater, Imagination Stage, Opera Lafayette, and Washington Revels.

Omar obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Theater with a Minor in Psychology from Universidad de Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico, Masters of Fine Arts in Classical Acting from Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, and studied Meisner Technique at Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City.

Opera Lafayette is the pre-eminent American interpreter and producer of period-instrument opera from the 17th through the 19th centuries and an international leader in this repertoire. Based on meticulous research and the creation of modern performing editions, the company’s compelling performances and recordings of rediscovered gems and historical masterpieces highlight the works’ original appeal and introduce a new generation to their contemporary relevance.

More information on Opera Lafayette Faculty will be available soon!


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