This summer is the perfect time to pick up a string instrument, or to take your playing to the next level! And there’s no finer place to do either, than Danbury Music Centre’s Summer Strings. Many professional musicians got their start in Danbury Music Centre’s Summer Strings program, which has been a part of our community since the 1950s.

At Summer Strings, students participate in large ensembles, chamber music groups, learn fiddle tunes, and dive into STEAM-inspired projects. Whether you have played violin, viola, cello, or bass for years or would like to start now, this is the program for you!

This program is a great way to boost your musical skills during the summer months, and to make friends with fellow string musicians!

Summer Strings Program is a day-long program for all students working on skills that will enhance their string playing as well as more general musical knowledge.

Summer Strings 2018

Beginning students will start the day learning their new instrument in a group setting, then spend the rest of the day with a variety of music-related activities, including STEAM program projects. More experienced string players will be placed in an ensemble according to years of experience and/or an audition. Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced students will have the opportunity to learn to play a second instrument. Intermediate and Advanced students may also choose to participate in an orchestral repertoire class, advanced fiddling class, improvisation workshop, and may be invited to play in the chamber music workshop or to support the Novice ensemble.

Dates: July 16– 27; 9 – 3:30 pm
Program Location: Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT
Concert: July 27 at 7:30pm at VPAC WCSU Westside campus 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury, CT

Beginner Strings

Begins at 8:30 on Monday and Tuesday of Week 1


  • No previous experience is needed
  • Participants should be entering grade 3 or higher
  • String Builder Book I will be used and may be purchased at local music stores. Parents are encouraged to observe the class.

 Novice Strings

Requirements: Participants should have been studying privately for approximately one year or have had a full year of instruction in school. This level is also suitable for students proficient on a primary instrument who wish to pursue a secondary instrument.


Tuning and Lunch Break 12-1 pm

Intermediate Strings

Requirements: Participants should have two or more years’ experience, read music, and be familiar with first position notes.

Advanced Strings

Requirements: Participants should be able to shift into third position and have a desire to learn advanced ensemble-playing techniques and sight-reading skills.

Chamber Music Workshop (advanced only)

Participants in the workshop will be selected from registered students by audition. The workshop will include the study and performance of string quartet literature and other types and styles of chamber music. All students registered in any of the string classes and their parents are invited to observe the workshop.

String Placement Evaluations will be held on Friday, May 4; Sunday, May 6; Saturday, June 16; and July 14 Call (203) 748-1716 for an appointment

Intermediate level: be prepared to play scales & arpeggios (2 octaves)

Advanced level: be prepared to play scales & arpeggios (3 octaves)


$375 by May 31, 2018

$400 starting June 1, 2018

Register here

Summer Strings

New This Year: Summer String Quartet Fellowship

Ask about special rates for Summer Sprouts and Beginning Strings combination!

Summer Sprouts: Director – Alison Corigliano

Dates: June 19 – July 12; Tues. and Thurs.; 11 – 11:45 am Program Location: Danbury Music Centre
Concert: Demonstration Thursday, July 12; 11:45 – 12:00 pm

“Sprouts” is a class where children ages 5-7 can learn to play violin, viola or cello. Introduction to the instruments and a foundation will be laid over the course of the 4 weeks.





 Larry Deming, Director Summer Strings

Larry Deming began his study of violin in the Music Centre’s Summer String Program under John Burnett.  He received a B.S. with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music in 1981.  He played violin in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years and in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and is first violinist of the Deming String Quartet.  He has played with many musical luminaries; he arranges, composes, conducts, performs, and teaches many types of music.  His CD, Journey to the East, was released in 2005.  He is concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, instructor of violin and viola at Kent and The Hotchkiss Schools, and since 2002, director of the Danbury Music Centre Summer Strings Program.




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Alison Corigliano, Assistant Director

Alison Corigliano received her Bachelor of Music, cum laude, in violin performance from Western Connecticut State University in 2001.  Since then, she has taught at the Wooster School, Canterbury School, and most recently, New Fairfield Public Schools.  Currently, she teaches private violin and viola at her home studio in Danbury, and has been with the DMC’s Summer Strings program since 1999.  In addition to teaching, Mrs. Corigliano plays violin with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and several chamber groups, including the Ives Quartet.