Stetson String Institute 2023

Stetson String Institute Lee Chapel

September 14-16, 2023

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Registration will open in November!

We are thrilled to invite students to the Stetson String Institute this fall! The String Institute is held on the DeLand campus of Stetson University. Young string players will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a range of exciting musical experiences under the guidance of Stetson University faculty artists. It is intended primarily for high-school students; however, talented younger players will be considered. String Institute events include masterclasses with Stetson School of Music faculty, University Symphony Orchestra rehearsals, faculty performances and a final Institute Concert.

The Stetson String Institute is open to students in grades 9-12 who play the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

2023 Audition Excerpts are available now! View your part here: String Institute Audition Excerpt 2023

Stetson String Institute 2023 Schedule

Thursday, September 14

  • 5-8:30 p.m. Registration (ends at 8:00 PM) and auditions
  • 7-8:30 p.m. Stetson Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 9:00 p.m. General meeting for all participants

Friday, September 15

  • 8:45-10:10 a.m. String Institute Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 10:20-11:25 a.m. Chamber Groups Coaching
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon Stetson Faculty Recital
  • noon-1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1-2:30 p.m. String Institute Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 3-4 p.m. Chamber Groups Coaching
  • 4:15-5:30 p.m. Masterclasses 
  • 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Attend Stetson University Chamber Orchestra Concert

Saturday, September 16

  • 9-10:15 a.m. Dress Rehearsal for String Institute Orchestra
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Dress Rehearsal for Chamber Groups
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30-1 p.m. Concert Warmup
  • 1:00 p.m. String Institute Concert
  • 2:00 p.m. Pizza Party

Transportation, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the participant. 

Faculty Instructors

Anthony Hose

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Anthony Hose is the conductor of the Stetson University Symphony and Chamber orchestras. He was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, where he first studied piano, clarinet, double bass and conducting. Hose is the principal conductor of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and artistic director of the Beaumaris Festival in Wales. He has been a guest conductor with many orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Icelandic Symphony, L'Opéra de Lyons and Munich Bach Collegium.

Routa Kroumovitch

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Routa Kroumovitch, originally from Riga, Latvia, is a professor of violin. She began her musical studies at the age of four and continued study at the Riga Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Universidad de Chile. She has held positions as first violin of the Santiago Chamber Orchestra and concert mistress for both the Chilean Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras. She has performed internationally in Europe, China, Israel, Japan and Canada, and continues an active career as a soloist chamber musician and international judge.

Jesús Alfonzo

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Jesus Alfonzo is an associate professor of viola and music history, and the creator of the Viola Consort at Stetson University. He earned his doctorate and master of performance degrees from Michigan State University and his post-graduate diploma from the Juilliard School. Alfonzo was the principal violist of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, performs internationally as a soloist, and has taught viola in the Conservatorio de Musica Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, the University of Musical Studies in Caracas, Colegio Emil Friedman in Venezuela and Jackson Symphony Orchestra School of Music in Michigan.

Jamie Clark

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Jamie Clark currently serves as Assistant Professor of Cello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Stetson University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the New England Conservatory in 2018 upon the completion of her dissertation "The Art of Rehearsing: A Multidimensional Study in Rehearsing String Quartets.".

Michael Hill

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Michael Hill is one of the most sought-after orchestral bass players and teachers in the Southeastern U.S. As a performer, he currently holds the position of Principal Bass of the Orlando Philharmonic as well as performing with the Naples Philharmonic and the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. As a teacher, Hill is on staff at Florida Southern College, Rollins College, Stetson University and the University of Central Florida. He is sponsored by Solano Basses and endorsed by D'Addario Strings.