Mini Mountains & Strings! July 8 – 11, 2020
Every year parents ask if we hold music camps for younger
children. For the last four summers we have experimented
with our first ever Mini Mountains & Strings and it has ben a great success!
The students and families who came had an enjoyable musical experience, so we
plan to continue this program. Mini Mountains & Strings will be held July 8 - 11. Check-in will be
held in the late afternoon on Wednesday and will conclude after the concert on
We invite children up through 13 years of age who play a string
instrument and would like to be instructed, inspired, and nurtured towards
awesomeness to attend Mini Mountains & Strings. Participants will be accompanied by at least
one parent or legal guardian and can also bring their siblings to cheer them on
and enjoy the park. All those who
attend, whether they are participants or family members, will stay three nights
in the Harriman State Park Dormitory and enjoy meals in the adjacent dining
hall. The retreat will start Wednesday,
late afternoon, and conclude Saturday after the afternoon performance.
During the retreat, these young students will participate in
chamber groups, and a chamber orchestra. They will also attend music classes and be
involved in other musical activities. In
addition to the classes for these budding virtuosos, the parents will also have
the opportunity to attend a workshop on the parental guidance of young
musicians. Students and their parents
will also be able to observe string teachers and professionals rehearse and
There will also be free time for families to experience the
beautiful park together or go on excursions in or around Island Park or
Yellowstone. Some family activities may include a hike, a bike ride, a horse
ride, fly fishing, or a tour of the Railroad Ranch at Harriman. Individual
families will be responsible to plan and execute their own fun during the
retreat. Families will receive detailed
itineraries of the music related activities so they can easily plan their
$108.00 per person/bed -This is the total cost for three nights and nine meals.
Tuition for actual participants: (musicians 13 and under):
$325.00 for 1st participant in given family.
$300.00 for additional participants in the immediate family.
Applicants should submit an application and a recording of
two contrasting excerpts from their solo repertoire. The recording can be a video or an audio-only
recording, and can be submitted through email, Facebook, YouTube, or any type
of digital platform. Application
materials should be submitted by May 15.
Because of the nature of the facilities, the very limited enrollment
will be based on the ability of the applicants.
We hope to have as many dedicated and talented youngsters as we can
accommodate, and we may limit the number of accompanying family members to
accommodate more actual participants.
*All meals will be provided from Wednesday dinner through
Saturday lunch in the Dining Hall located next to the dormitory. Most dormitory
rooms include one set of bunk beds with mattresses only. Families with more
than two can request multiple rooms adjacent to each other. You will need to
bring your own bedding which could include sheets and blankets or a sleeping
bag. There are also men's and women's bathrooms with toilets and shower stalls.
Towels and toiletries will not be provided. The dorm does have outlets, and
WIFI internet is available in the park for a fee although it is pretty much the worst WIFI ever.