String Orchestra, Chamber Music and Piano Studies Camp

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General Information

The 2017 McDaniel College String Orchestra, Chamber Music and Piano Studies Camp will be held from Sunday, July 9, through Saturday, July 15, 2017. Students entering grades 7-12 are eligible to register for the camp.


Tuition for commuting students with the meal plan is $650.00 (this includes lunch and dinner from Sunday evening through Friday night); tuition for camp residents is $775.00 (room and all meals). A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due by June 15, 2017 in order to hold a place for you in the camp. The balance will be due by June 30, 2017. Please make note of these dates. Make all checks payable to: McDaniel College

Applications are accepted for all instruments on a first-come, first-served basis. To insure a spot in the camp, please include your deposit with your application. Once a section is filled, those who have not made a deposit will lose their spot as a camper.

Family Discount: We offer a family discount of $50.00 off the tuition fee for a second family member who wishes to attend the camp.

Application and Required Medical Forms

All inquiries and questions should be directed to Linda Kirkpatrick via email or by phone at 410-857-2550.


UPDATE: Students will be housed two to a room in the Blanche Ward dormintory on campus. If you have a roommate preference, please indicate so on the application.


In order to more appropriately place you within the orchestra, be assigned appropriate piano literature, and to be considered for chamber music, ALL campers will be required to submit a five-minute audition video by June 15, 2017 (the deadline has been extended!).

Audition material for all campers can include scales that demonstrate your ability (1-3 octaves), a favorite classical or pop solo, an etude, or a selection from school orchestra music, and should be no longer than five minutes in length—shorter videos are acceptable. You have the following options in submitting your audition:

  1. Burn them to a CD-R or DVD-R, label the disc with your name, and mail them to the following address:

    Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick
    Director of Instrumental Music
    McDaniel College
    2 College Hill
    Westminster, MD 21157

  2. File share via DropBox or similar file sharing application and then email link to
  3. Upload to YouTube and email link to (Performance does not have to be made public on YouTube.)

We will also individually listen to all the campers after they have checked in on Sunday, July 9, 2017, to better understand them artistically and place them appropriately.

The Piano Studies/Chamber Music Director is Dr. David Kreider, McDaniel College Music Faculty member, assisted by Cindy Rosenberg; the String Orchestra Director is Mr. Stephen Czarkowski, director of the Apollo Orchestra.

Check-in and Check-out Times

Check-in time and auditions will be between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for resident campers. Commuters will check in and audition between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. Check out will be Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., before the final concert, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in WMC Alumni Hall on July 15, 2017.

Scholarship Information

*Please read all of the information below if applying for a scholarship.

ANY APPLICANT THAT IS APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP MUST SUBMIT THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATION, $100.00 deposit, and a copy of the program dated for this year (2017 for orchestra, 2016 for Piano Guild) in one envelope, indicating the student's participation in an All-County, All-Shore, All-State Orchestra or Piano Guild Auditions. Students who have participated in one of these venues will automatically receive a scholarship. There is a limit of one scholarship per student; i.e., if you participated in both county and state orchestra, you will receive the higher amount of financial assistance. Do not send the program separately; students will not be considered for a scholarship if the program arrives separately.

ALL-COUNTY/SHORE ORCHESTRA SCHOLARSHIPS – $75.00 each; student has to have participated in his/her respective All-County Orchestra during this year (2017). Please provide proof (photocopy of a program). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.

ALL-STATE ORCHESTRA SCHOLARSHIPS – $100.00 each; student has to have participated in his/her respective All-State Orchestra during this year (2017). Please provide proof (photocopy of a program). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.

PIANO GUILD PARTICIPANT SCHOLARSHIPS – $75.00 each; student must present their certificate of participation in the 2016/17 audition for his/her local National Guild of Piano Teachers . Please provide proof (photocopy of certificate). If this is not provided, the student will not be considered for a scholarship.


The following is a sample of the usual schedule for a camper. Commuting students are expected to arrive at camp by 8:45 a.m. They are allowed to leave for the dinner break (2-3 hours), but are expected back in the evening. All evening classes are required. Commuters are also allowed to swim in the evening.

Typical Daily Schedule*

9:00 - 10:30 STRINGS: Sectional Rehearsal
PIANO: Individual Practice Time
10:15 - 11:45
10:45 - 11:45
12:00 - 12:50 LUNCH
1:00 - 2:15 STRINGS: Individual & Chamber Music Practice Time
PIANO: Chamber Music Rehearsals
4:00 - 7:00 BREAK & DINNER
7:00 - 9:00 EVENING CLASS: Improvisation, CMOTH Concert,
Learn a New Instrument, Acting/Stage Presence 101.

FRIDAY EVENING: FINAL Piano and Chamber Music Concert at 7:00pm in McDaniel Lounge
FOR PIANO CAMP PARTICIPANTS & selected orchestra camp members.
9:30 - 10:30 SWIMMING on Sunday, Thursday and Friday,

* Subject to change

Opening Day Schedule

Once you have registered, you will have a seating audition. Resident campers may move their gear into their rooms first (DO NOT UNPACK!), and then proceed to the audition area in Hill Hall. After auditioning, campers will return to their apartments to unpack. Parents are free to leave at that point, and campers will have time to practice in their rooms until dinner, which is scheduled for 5:45 that evening. Commuter check-in is from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by seating auditions for string players in Hill Hall.

There will be an orientation session for all campers at 7 p.m. in Levine Hall Room 100. An evening rehearsal will begin at 7:30 for the string orchestra, and piano students will meet in room 101 with Dr. Kreider. All campers will be allowed to swim from 9:30-10:30 p.m. (including commuters). 


Stephen Czarkowski

Stephen Czarkowski
Stephen Czarkowski is in demand as a conductor, cellist and educator in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. He is in his seventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Orchestra, and has collaborated with artists from the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington National Opera. He is currently in his third year as Conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Czarkowski is also Director of Strings at the Norwood School, conductor of The Symphonette at Landon School, and Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. An active cellist, he has performed as soloist with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, performed the Bach Cello Suites at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV, and recently performed for Pope Francis and President Obama. Mr. Czarkowski holds degrees in orchestral conducting and cello performance from Catholic University of America and Mannes College.

Linda KirkpatrickDr. Linda Kirkpatrick
Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick is Senior Lecturer in music at McDaniel College as an instructor of flute, chamber music, and instrumental conducting, and directs the McDaniel College College Band and the Westminster Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Kirkpatrick (Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance and conducting from University of Maryland) is the founder/administrator of the McDaniel College Summer Music Camp and is Director of the Community Music Program. She has been guest conductor and adjudicator for county, regional, and state band and orchestra festivals in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

James Tung

James Tung
James Tung has performed as a soloist with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, held recitals at Frederick Community College and Shippensburg University. Currently the Assistant Concertmaster of the York Symphony, he is the former Concertmaster of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. A frequent Chamber Musician at McDaniel College, Mount Saint Mary's University, and Gettysburg College, James Tung also performs with the Annapolis Symphony, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and Maryland Symphony. He attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. He is currently an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary's University. His students consistently occupy the Concertmaster and Principal 2nd positions in neighboring youth orchestras and summer festivals. In the past 8 years, three of his students have won the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and two have been runners-up.

Alice Tung

Alice Tung
Alice Tung is a member of the Maryland Symphony and the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Former Principal Violist and Soloist of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Alice also performs in orchestras throughout northeast region including Virginia's Alexandria and Fairfax Symphony Orchestras. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is on faculty at McDaniel College, Carroll Community College, and former faculty at Frederick Community College. Her students have won multiple scholarships and have gone onto pursue music degrees including the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Scotland.

Cindy Rosenberg

Cindy Rosenberg
Cindy Rosenberg studied with Tanya Remenikova at the University of Minnesota, and at the Juilliard School of Music with Lorne Munroe. Following her passion for playing jazz, she took workshops and lessons with the Turtle Island String Quartet, John Blake, Matt Glaser and David Kane.

Since moving to Maryland in the early 1990's, Cindy has been an active orchestral, theatre and chamber musician, playing with groups such as the National Philharmonic, Washington Shakespeare Theatre, Harrisburg Symphony and Annapolis Symphony, among many others.

She is the contractor of orchestras for several local choirs, including the renowned Morgan State Choir, as well as many weddings, club dates and events.

Her trio Mosaic develops and performs school shows tying together music and academics. She maintains a private teaching studio in her home in Eldersburg.