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

Summer Festival 2020 is ON!

Our wonderful Summer Strings directors,  Larry Deming and Alison Corigliano are excited to be with you again this summer!

We will be virtual and safe, with plenty of music-making and preparation for whatever the Fall may bring.

Dates: July 20– 31,  9 – 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Concert: Virtual

Summer Strings will be a Monday – Friday virtual program. Each level (except beginner) will meet twice a day from 10 am -12 pm and 1pm – 3 pm. Electives will still be offered such as improvisation, chamber music, and fiddling. There will be a “virtual concert” at the end of the program.

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

Beginner Strings will be back in 2021!


  • 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.

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

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Summer Strings




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.