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OKYO Summer Symphony Strings Camp

Summer Symphony Strings Camp

Dates: Monday, June 26, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies Concert: June 30, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. - John Rex School Gym

John Rex Elementary - 500 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Peter Markes, Camp Artistic Director

The Summer Symphony Strings Camp (SSSC) is an annual commuter day camp and no audition is required. Students participate in string orchestra rehearsals and sectionals, working with professional staff members who supervise all activities. SSSC also features special guest artist recitals and Arts Experience Field Trips which have included Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and Civic Center Music Hall tours. The week concludes on Friday with a Camp Closing Ceremonies concert for campers' families. 

Type of Ensemble:  This camp is for string students only and is open to those in grades 5 through 8 (in the 2022-2023 school year) who have been playing for at least one year and can read music.


Conductor:  Peter Markes is the conductor and Artistic Director for Summer Symphony Strings Camp.  See HERE for more information about Mr. Markes.


At A Glance Sample Schedule:
8:00 am – Drop-Off begins
8:30 am – Morning Rehearsal
9:30 am – Sectionals
10:30 am – Guest Artist Recital
11:30 am – Lunch (Bring Your Own)
12:30 pm - Arts Experience Field Trip
2:00 pm - Afternoon Rehearsal
3:00 pm - Pick-up
*Schedule is subject to change


Auditions: Auditions are NOT REQUIRED for SSSC.  Enrollment for the 2023 SSSC is now open and will close on June 19, 2023.

2022-23 Camp Dues: $275. Special Scholarships are available for those who need assistance. 

Registration closes June 19!


“The students in the OKYO’s Summer Symphony Strings Camp continue to amaze me! In just one week they are able to create an amazing, mature musical product that belies their young age. I am also continually in awe at how they grow in their maturity, their relationships, and their leadership. These are the real tenets why we teach music, and I am humbled to be a part of the team that makes this growth possible each year.” 

Peter Markes, Camp Artistic Director, OKYO Advisory Council Member, and 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 

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