Due to COVID-19 our offices have migrated to tele-work. For questions, please email the Academy at academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and some classes are now online. Unfortunately, some classes have been canceled. Please check your email for details and updates. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay well everyone!

Mason Summer Strings Academy

Orchestra summer camp students

Summer 2020 registration is open!

Mason Summer Strings Academy
(Formerly Ovations Summer Strings Academy)


The Mason Summer Strings Academy offers a unique and enriching opportunity for middle school and high school students (rising 7th-12th grade.) This fun and exciting week includes orchestra, chamber music, rhythm ensemble, practice skills lab, and masterclasses. All ensembles will perform in culminating final concerts.



Ages:  11–18 (Rising Grades 7–12)
Dates:  June 22–26  (M-F)
Times:  9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuition:  $445
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
After Care:  $90/week (pickup by 6 p.m.)Learn More

The After Care program is located in Mason’s deLaski Performing Arts Building. Before the final checkout, search for and add “After Care” to your cart.

In the event of program cancellation due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued.

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All students must submit a video placement audition via YouTube by June 1. (Note: we will no longer hold in-person auditions for this program.) The audition video should include a 2- or 3-octave scale and two excerpts from the list below that best represent the student’s ability level. Email a link for the YouTube video to academy@gmu.edu and include the student’s name. Placement seating auditions will determine ensembles and chamber group assignment. Please note that ALL registrants will receive a placement in the program.

Download the instrument-specific excerpts below.





June Huang, violin lessons
Director: June Huang
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Ms. Huang

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.




“I loved working on chamber music with my coach. I also enjoyed the guest performance and instrument workshop.” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2018 Participant

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“I liked the balance of work and fun, and how the instructors were funny.” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2018 Participant

“I loved that the kids were treated as professionals!” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2018 Parent

“I had the opportunity to play in the best orchestra I have ever been in.” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2017 Participant

“My favorite part was the chamber groups, and the conductor had fantastic energy and enthusiasm!” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2017 Participant

“Ms. Jackson was a great conductor and the cello sectional was amazing.” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2017 Participant

“I was impressed by how much they taught us in such little time.” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2017 Participant

“I enjoyed the rigor…the challenge…and the inspiration to stretch to be a better musician. The music choices were great!” – Ovations Summer Strings Academy 2017 Participant





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