String Orchestra Day Camp is now Prelude at ISMI!

July 8-12, 2024


Welcome to Prelude at ISMI! Formerly String Orchestra Day Camp, we are excited to announce Prelude at ISMI as an extension program of the UNT International Summer Music Institute (ISMI). Prelude at ISMI is open to string (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) students with at least one year of experience. The program consists of multiple ensembles at differing levels conducted by faculty from UNT and across the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and will conclude in a concert presented on the final day of the workshop. Students will have the opportunity to develop and maintain their technique, learn new repertoire, and make wonderful new friends through music.

*If you have any questions regarding the changes from String Orchestra Day Camp or the difference between Prelude at ISMI and the UNT International Summer Music Institute, we'd love to talk to you! You can contact us at music.camps@unt.edu or 940-369-6541.

There is no audition required for acceptance into the program. The faculty will evaluate your skills on your instrument and place you appropriately into an ensemble upon your arrival. You will be asked to indicate your level of experience within the application: 

-One year of playing experience; emerging readers
-One year of school orchestra with music reading
-Intermediate middle school
-Advanced middle school/beginning high school
-Intermediate high school


  • May 1 – Registration Deadline
  • May 15 – Final Payment Deadline


  • Tuition - $350 (includes workshop t-shirt & $100 non-refundable registration fee)
  • *Boarding (optional) – Participants staying on campus will arrive Monday, July 8 and depart Friday, July 12 following the final performances. Boarding includes housing, meals, and parking.
    • MINORS: Double room w/ shared bath - $400
    • ADULTS: Single room w/ shared bath - $400
  • Commuter Meal Plan (optional) - $55 (lunch only)
  • Commuter Parking Permit (optional) - $15

*Minor boarding is encouraged for students ages 12 and up. If younger students wish to board, there is an option to share a double room with a guardian in one of our adult residence halls. Please email music.camps@unt.edu for more information.


  • $125 deposit is due at the time of registration (includes $100 non-refundable registration fee)


  • Remaining tuition and optional boarding and commuter fees
    • If you have not paid in full by this date and have not emailed music.camps@unt.edu, we will assume you do not plan to participate and will not hold your spot.


  • By March 1 - $50 discount
  • By April 1 - $25 discount
    • In the Final Registration stage (after completing the application), select “yes” to the question “Would you like to pay for the full tuition up front?” by the deadlines above and automatically receive the early bird discount.


  • Residential
    • Request by May 15 – Full refund less $100 (non-refundable registration fee)
    • Request by June 1 – Full refund less $175
    • Request by June 15 – Full refund less $375
      • No refund requests will be honored after June 15
    • Commuter
      • Request by May 15 – Full refund less $100 (non-refundable registration fee)
      • Request by June 1 – Full refund less $125
      • Request by June 15 – Full refund less $200
        • No refund requests will be honored after June 15
  • No refunds will be made should a participant be dismissed from the workshop for violating UNT policy or workshop rules provided on the first day.
  • The reason for these policies and deadlines is that the number of staff who must be hired and trained varies according to the expected enrollment which is determined by the number of participants who commit during the registration process.


Additional questions? Please contact music.camps@unt.edu or (940) 369-6541.