Orchestra Clinics

Two one-week sessions
June 15–19, June 22–26 CANCELED
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Monday–Thursday), 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Friday)
Boys and girls, rising 5th through rising 12th graders

What to bring: Instrument, pencils, snacks, and lunch with drink
Arrival/dismissal zone: Blue

Prerequisite: Completion of at least two full calendar years of string ensemble or private instruction. Students must also be proficient in sight-reading.

Now in its 28th season, this program is open to intermediate and advanced students interested in reading and performing various types of music. This camp emphasizes sight-reading skills, proper playing position, pitch and rhythm precision, tone development, music theory, and musical technique and interpretation. During the day, students will perform in full string orchestra and smaller ensembles. The week culminates with a spectacular Friday concert for family and friends at 12:30 p.m. showcasing the group’s talent.

Daily schedule:

9:30–9:45 a.m.

Arrival, set-up

9:45–11 a.m.

Group instruction*

11–11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Group instruction*

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch/free time

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Group instruction*

2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:20 p.m.

Group instruction*

*Full ensemble or small ensembles (chamber, sectionals, etc.) based on instrumentation and/or experience levels.

Also check out our Fiddle Camp!

Teacher bios:

Sylvia Lee is an instrumental music teacher at Clearspring Elementary School in Damascus, Maryland, and Candlewood Elementary School in Derwood, Maryland. She is the conductor of Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra’s Concert Orchestra (Grades 6–8) and co-conductor of Montgomery County Public Schools South County 6th Grade String Orchestra. She has four children who play the clarinet, violin, flute and cello.

Fun fact: She loves to play ping pong!

Robert Spates is principal violinist and soloist with Vox Ama Deus in Philadelphia and concertmaster of the Capital City Symphony. A Scottish fiddle champion, he also teaches Irish traditional music under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. He designs and builds his own high-tech hybrid violins but also plays a 300-year-old baroque violin for his ancient music concerts. Robert is director of strings at the Landon School.

Fun facts: Robert is an avid kayaker who once participated in the Olympic Trials. He also appeared in the film Head of State.

Maestro Stephen Czarkowski is in his sixth season as music director and conductor of the Apollo Orchestra. Recently appointed assistant conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra, he is also the conductor of the Symphonette at Landon School and the artistic director and conductor of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. Mr. Czarkowski is currently on the conducting and cello faculty of Landon School.

Fun fact: Stephen is training for a half marathon!

Play your favorite tune!


Landon Summer at Landon School inspires boys and girls to build their confidence and explore their passions in a vibrant, nurturing camp environment that emphasizes community, discovery, independence, and fun.
6101 Wilson Lane  /  
Bethesda, MD 20817
 /  301-320-1044  /  
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Established in 1935, Landon Summer at Landon School offers traditional day camps and specialized programs for boys and girls, ages 3 1/2 - 17.


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