Join us for an amazing program!
Classes run from June 27th to June 30th, 2024
Overnighters arrive June 26th.
Enjoy a special concert free to everyone featuring creative violinist LUCA CIARLA straight from Italy 7PM in the Williston Theatre
Strings Without Boundaries is proud to announce our 2024 dates will be shared just outside of Northampton, MA on Williston Northampton School's iconic campus with the New Directions Cello Festival. Register for one and get two programs available to you!
Where 21st century techniques meet tradition, creativity and style. Strings Without Boundaries covers it all!
Meet Our Faculty…
Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Tracy Silverman, Jeremy Harman, Jason Anick, Luca Ciarla, Melissa Brun, Alissa Jackman, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw, and Annika Amstutz
We choose faculty for their skills as performers AND educators.
— Choose between sleeping at home, in a hotel, or modern dorm rooms with air conditioning for a very low price.
— Choose between one-, two-, or full registration.
— Experience our community environment and make new musical friends.
Repertoire & New Techniques
Learn tunes in a number of styles:
Irish, Appalachian, bluegrass, Cajun, blues, rock/pop, swing, jazz, Klezmer, Norwegian, Gypsy Jazz, and SO much more…
Each style will call for specific approaches to bowing and left-hand use. And, our amazing faculty will teach you how to rhythm-ize your bow in a number of ways.
Creativity isn't just about soloing, though we will teach you many skills related to soloing as appropriate to each style. Creativity can be applied to how you practice, how you create variations on a melodic line, and how you can apply or invent techniques for certain styles. And even how you build your life in music. We include amplification and special effects in this category.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman will present some mind and body sessions in relationship to music-making, such as:
• The Chemistry of Nervousness
• Creative Practice Techniques
• Kaleidoscopic Thinking
• The Musical Brain
• Playing Healthy
Testimonials from Previous Registrants:
I've been going to workshops, clinics and camps for 30 years and I’ve never, ever, EVER gone to anything like this! – JFR, Clinician and School Orchestra Director
I'm so glad that I came to SWB last week! All of the artists/teachers present were fantastic — very warm and concerned for growth and achievement. I can't wait to utilize all of my new resources! Thanks again! — C.C.
I am still tingling at how much I was able to grasp by just using my ears! Then, having the music to look at afterwards was great b/c I can continue to work on these "tunes". This single activity in your camp has inspired me to do more of this kind of teaching with my own students. — CB , Elementary School Music teacher
“It has been a tremendous week-long learning opportunity that has artistically stretched me out of my comfort zone and breathed new air into my tiredness. I am both deeply humbled and inspired!” — A.R.
It was great! I loved getting to play different styles of music and trying out new techniques and ideas. I also met a lot of new people and got to know some friends. I got over my fear of improvising and it was great to know that it didn’t matter if you made a mistake or hit a wrong note. — CS, age 15
AND EVEN MORE!!
"Strings without Boundaries will influence my teaching and playing forever… The faculty were not only skilled performers and teachers, but also kind and supportive to players of all levels and experience… I have attended Strings Without Boundaries a few times now, yet each year has brought fresh knowledge and inspiration that I take back home to practice, polish up, and apply to my musical pursuits. The instructors are so highly qualified. It's an unforgettable experience… At Strings Without Boundaries, you open a door and walk into magic."
“The only problem you’ll have is trying to figure out which of the many classes to go to each hour… It was great! A generous, world-renowned staff led classes that covered a wide variety of techniques and styles—all made accessible, comfortable, and FUN… It is such a rich environment for learning all things in music—so much more than just strings… Amazing learning community: welcoming and creative… I really enjoyed it. I loved how we got to pick our classes… A lot of the techniques I learned either built off of or were completely different from the classical training/teaching I get at home… I was nervous at first, but it was so amazing and exciting that I can’t wait to come next year… Small community environment to experiment and grow. Teachers are highly skilled and are excellent instructors.”
Strings Without Boundaries has rotated through locations that include Pittsburgh PA, Seattle as well as Central Washington, Appleton Wisconsin, and Omaha, Nebraska every year since 2003.
This year’s sponsors include…
Stamell Stringed Instruments
Previous Sponsors include…
- —the Mass cultural Council, a state agency
—Vi Wickam and [my] Talent Forge
—Electric Violin Shop
—Stamell Stringed Instruments
—Violins of Omaha
—Sarah Gray Restoration
—Savannah Arts Academy
—Foundation for the Advancement of String Education