Nestled in the limestone bluffs and hardwood forests of southeastern Minnesota, Stringwood at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center sits on 80 acres of natural woodlands overlooking the scenic Root River.
The modern campus facilities, completed in 1997, include a superb indoor rock wall climbing facility, air-conditioned dormitories with private bath, and a spacious dining hall with spectacular views of the beautiful expanse of forest and field. Each ensemble is assigned a personal practice room for the entire 3-week program. Teaching Assistants, Counselors, and Adult Volunteers are on hand to facilitate rehearsals and outdoor adventures.
A typical day at Stringwood begins with a hearty breakfast and a warm-up session. Mornings are spent in personal practice, quartet rehearsals and chamber music coachings with individual members of the Artaria String Quartet. After lunch, students engage in two private lessons per week, daily group rehearsals as well as solo and chamber music masterclasses, with some down time to unwind before dinner. Evenings are reserved for outdoor group challenges with skilled Eagle Bluff naturalists, midweek Artist Faculty Concerts, experiential knowledge seminars by violin and bow makers, and ping-pong!
7:30am - Breakfast & warm-up time
8:30-11:30am - Rehearsals & Chamber Music Coaching
12pm - Lunch and announcements
1:30-4:30pm - Personal Practice time, Private lessons, Group
rehearsals, and Guest Artist masterclasses
5pm - Dinner and next day's Music Study Planning
6:00-9:00pm - Outdoor Adventures with Eagle Bluff naturalists and Guest seminars
PERFORMANCE DAY SCHEDULE
With nine public performances across southeast Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, weekends are filled with concert day rehearsals with special emphasis on preparing group introductions, boarding coach buses, keeping track of music and concert wear, and tasty meals and festivities on the road.
Friday evening performances at historic Elstad Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway Hall
Saturday afternoon performances at First Congregational Church in Winona, MN, at Chatfield's Center for the Arts, and at Antonin Dvorak's summer home in Spillville, IA
Sunday performances at Discovery Faith Church in Lanesboro, MN, First Congregational Church in Winona, MN, and a final concert in the acoustically amazing Antonello Hall in Minneapolis, MN.