KU String Day

KU STRING DAY: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

KU String Day is an annual one-day event on the campus of Kutztown University that offers workshops on the development of string technique, musical mastery, strategies for excellence in performance, and improvisation.


KU String faculty and students will present a mid-day performance in the beautifully renovated Schaeffer Auditorium. All String Day participants will play in the String Orchestra alongside players from the KU Orchestra and present a final concert at 5:00 pm. The repertoire selection for the String Orchestra performance will be sent directly to your school orchestra director via e-mail by Friday, October 18th, 2019.


Lunch will be provided for all participants by the Department of Music at Kutztown University.


String Day is open to all string students ages 13-18 with a minimum experience level of 3 years of study. The cost is free to all participants through the generosity and sponsorship of Kutztown University and Kutztown University Student Services, Inc. (KUSSI).

Note: If you are an individual who does not have a school orchestra, or you are part of a home-school program without an orchestra, make sure to contact Dr. Peter Isaacson (isaacson@kutztown.edu) directly for the repertoire selection and participation details.

Deadline: Friday, November 1st, 2019 is the deadline for notification of participation.


8:30 am (Arrival) Greeting and Orientation, Schaeffer Auditorium

9:00 am Melissa Brun, D’Addario Clinician: Strings 101, Schaeffer Auditorium

10:00 am String Orchestra Rehearsal, Schaeffer Auditorium

12:00 pm Lunch, Lobby of Schaeffer Auditorium

12:30 pm Workshops:

(Violin I & II) Peter Isaacson, Room 114, Schaeffer

(Viola) Michael Gamon, Little theater, Schaeffer

(Cello) Marie Cadieux, Stage, Schaeffer Auditorium

(Bass) Scott Lee, Room 14G, Schaeffer

1:30 pm Break

1:45 pm Improvisation clinic/rehearsal, Scott Lee, Schaeffer Auditorium

3:00 pm Performance, KU Orchestra and KU Chamber Ensembles, Schaeffer Auditorium

4:30 pm Break

5:00 pm Concert, String Orchestra, Schaeffer Auditorium

KU String Faculty

Kurt Nikkanen, violin, Chamber Music, International Program
Peter Isaacson, violin, KU Orchestra
Michael Gamon, viola
Marie Cadieux, cello
Scott Lee,  bass

Dr. Peter Isaacson - isaacson@kutztown.edu - 610-683-1591