String Camp

String Camp

 String Camp

The Rowan String Camp offers students the opportunity to be immersed in a world of music making, guided by a distinguished international faculty. During this five-day camp students participate in daily orchestra rehearsals, master classes, chamber music, and special topic sessions. One honors string quartet will be selected from the applicants.

This camp is open to students between seventh and twelfth grades, and is hosted by the Rowan University Department of Music in the spacious Wilson Music Building which houses Pfleeger Concert Hall, Boyd Recital Hall, two newly renovated rehearsal rooms, and over 80 practice rooms.

Resident students will be housed in air-conditioned dorms and take their meals in the newly renovated Student Center Dining Hall, along with commuting students. Supervision in dorms and classes is provided throughout the camp by Rowan University Counselors, Directors, Coordinators and Rowan University Campus Security.

Students who wish to perform in a masterclass should bring a solo piece they have prepared. Dr. Schwarz will hear solos and select masterclass participants based on their audition video.

The week culminates with a closing concert performance by the student orchestra. 








String Camp Faculty:

Dr. Timothy Schwarz, is the String Camp Director and Assistant Professor of Strings at Rowan University. Since his solo debut with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News) and “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music CD’s for Naxos, EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. The American Record Guide praised his 2006 solo CD as “good enough to be the only recording in your collection”, and his 2013 CD featuring the Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon was on the Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013 by the Philadelphia City Paper. Other awards include Best Artist in Maryland from the National Endowment from the Arts, and Gold Medal in the Artistic Ambassador Competition in Washington, DC.

His 2017-18 season includes the Anglo-American Duo debut CD, Anthems after Prometheus, which was released by Albany Records in Spring, 2018. The CD features music by British composer David Osbon, and includes two works commissioned and premiered by the Anglo-American Duo. Concerto appearances include works by Khachaturian, Sarasate, and Saint-Saëns. Other performances include recitals and chamber music performances in Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The 2017-18 season is Dr. Schwarz’s first season as leader of the Rowan String Ensemble, a conductor-less orchestra which promotes music by minority composers, and draws awareness to issues around social justice through music.

An avid educator, Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University, and Artistic Director and Founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. Before his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Schwarz was Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, where he conducted the Kutztown University Orchestra and taught violin and viola.

For a five-year period through 2001, Schwarz served three tours as Artistic Ambassador in South America, Asia, and Africa, performing over 100 recitals in 15 countries. As part of winning the Starling Violin Competition, he studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He later received a MM from the Peabody Conservatory and a DMA from Temple University. His violin is a J. B. Vuillaume made in 1830, which he purchased in 2014. For more information and a performance schedule, visit

Dr. Joanne Erwin, Professor Emerita of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory, earned her Bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree in Music Education at University of Illinois. At Oberlin she taught String Methods, String Pedagogy with an outreach project and Conducting. After teaching strings in public schools and Suzuki cello in Illinois and Texas she went on to earn her Ph.D. in String Pedagogy at University of North Texas. She has performed as a cellist in the Fort Worth Symphony and been director for youth orchestras in Texas and in Ohio. She has presented at conferences and conducted festival orchestras both nationally and internationally. She is a co-author for New Directions for Strings, Prelude to Music Education and written other articles for American String Teacher and Teaching Music.



Auditions are optional. Students choosing not to audition will be placed in the beginning orchestra. Students who wish to be considered for the Honors Orchestra or the Honors String Quartet should send a video of a solo work of your choice to Dr. Timothy Schwarz by June 15th. A Youtube link is preferred. 

**Audition videos can be sent to Dr. Timothy Schwarz. Email: 


Students who wish to have a lesson with a Rowan Faculty or Music Education student can do so for the following fee: $20 for a 45 minute lesson with a Rowan Music Education student  and $50 for a 45 minute lesson with a Rowan University faculty.  Space is limited, and will be given on a first-come first serve basis. All string lessons are non-refundable.