Summer Strings Camp

School is out for the summer! But, have you ever wished that while you don’t have to go to class, that you could keep going with string orchestra? Fear not, you can come to the Montgomery County Community College Summer Strings Camp! This year's camp will run from Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th. This camp is for intermediate string students entering grades 6-10 based on the 2023-2024 school year.

You will keep your string skills going from the school year, while also getting the opportunity to play new and exciting music that will further strengthen your abilities as a string instrumentalist, as well as teach and refine appropriate string techniques. Campers will also engage in activities that teach and reinforce aural and written music theory skills. During camp, we will rehearse string orchestra music together as an ensemble. At the end of the camp, we will have a concluding performance at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 14, 2023, where family and friends are welcome to see all of the progress that we have made during the week! Please join us this summer! 

Camp Details

Cost: Estimated $300

Grades: 6 to 10 (during the 2023-24 academic year)

Location: Blue Bell Campus, Science Center  

Dates: July 10th-14th

Time: half day, 8:00 am- 12 noon

Population: Co-ed, entering 6th grade-entering 10th grade  

Required Forms
An Emergency Contact and Liability Form will be emailed to participants prior to the start of camp. 

Registration will be available in mid-March.

Register for Summer Strings

For more information, please contact Shawn Lee at


Frequently Asked Questions

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What will be my child's schedule?

Time activity
7:45-8 a.m. Community campers arrive and get ready for the day’s activities
8-8:30 a.m. Campers begin tuning and warm-up's
8:30-9:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal #1
9:30-10 a.m. Theory lesson and daily activity
10-10:15 a.m. Break and snack time (students provide their own snack)
10:15-11 a.m. Sectionals/Chamber Music
11 a.m. to noon Orchestra rehearsal #2
Noon Dismissal at Science Center Building

What should I pack for my child?

  • Please pack your camper snacks and a water bottle.
  • Instruments
  • Music (provided by the camp)
  • Pencil
  • Prescribed EpiPens and inhalers

Do not bring:

  • Electronics (phones, iPads, gaming devices)
  • Valuables (jewelry, toys)

What time can I drop my child off?

Drop off is between 7:45-8 a.m. Please do not bring your child before 7:45 a.m. as supervision will not be provided.

Arrangements should be made for children to be picked up promptly at noon.

Where should my child be dropped off?

The Science Center at the Blue Bell Campus is most easily accessible from the Morris Road entrance.

Due to the current construction, campers should enter the building using the side door labeled "Public Entrance: Music, Engineering, & Blackbox Theatre." 

What qualifications does your camp instructor possess?

Shawn Lee, Adjunct Professor of Strings at MCCC, will be leading the camp. In addition to being the Founder and Director of MCCC's Summer Strings Camp, Professor Lee serves as the Director of String Ensemble and Instructor of Violin and Viola, as well as Director of Orchestras at Phoenixville Area School District. He is also a Professional Development Coordinator for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12.

Professional highlights include:

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Millersville University
  • Master of Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
  • Recipient of the Harold W. and Miriam W. Shaar String Award
  • Conductor of the pit orchestra for a successful run of Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida" for the All Campus Musical Organization at Millersville University
  • Previous staff member at "Keep it Going" Summer Strings Camp of Westminster Conservatory at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ
  • Serves as the Artistic Director of Phoenixville's Summer Orchestra Camp
  • Five undefeated seasons and Drum Corps Associates World Championship titles with the Reading Buccaneers; three (2012, 2013, 2015) as a member and two (2018-19) as an instructor on staff.
  • Much more!