Summer Strings

July 20-31, 2020

Larry Deming, Program Director

Summer Strings offers participants the opportunity to perform in large ensembles and chamber music groups, learn fiddle tunes, and dive into STEAM-inspired projects. Whether participants are looking for a summer program that enhances their musicianship, performance ability or whether simply looking to make new friends with fellow musicians, Summer Strings has offered both to our community for over 50 years. 

Program Details

Dates: July 20– 31,  9 – 3:30 pm
Location: Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT
Concert: July 31 at 7:30 pm at VPAC WCSU Westside campus 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury, CT

The program features a day-long schedule for all students working on skills that will help them improve their musicianship and musical knowledge. 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.

String Placement Evaluations dates to be determined . Contact us at or (203) 748-1716 to schedule your placement evaluation.

Those wishing to participate in Intermediate Strings should be prepared to play scales & arpeggios (2 octaves)

Those wishing to participate in Advanced Strings should be prepared to play scales & arpeggios (3 octaves)

Beginner Strings

*Starts early at at 8:30 on first two days of week 1 only


  • 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


  • Approximately one year of private study 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


  • Two or more years’ experience
  • Ability to read music
  • Familiar with first position notes.

Advanced Strings


  • Ability to shift into third position
  • Desire to learn advanced ensemble-playing techniques
  • Ability to sight-reading

Chamber Music Workshop  (by invitation of director only)

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

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Program Tuition:

$400 by May 31, 2020
$450 starting June 1, 2020

Summer Strings

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

Summer 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.