June 21-July 17, 2020

Watch a performance by one of our fine young string quartets from Summer 2018. It is hard to believe the average age of this group is only fifteen years old!

Center Stage Strings was founded by renowned violinist and U-M Professor Danielle Belen to develop the talents of serious young classical music students in the areas of solo and chamber music performance.

About Us

Center Stage Strings was founded by renowned violinist and U-M Professor Danielle Belen to develop the talents of serious young classical music students in the areas of solo and chamber music performance. The natural beauty of the campus surroundings and the music intertwine in this four-week long institute to create a unique summer experience.

The young musicians chosen to participate will have a unique opportunity to focus purely on developing their talents without the distractions of normal, everyday life. An intense practice, lessons and coaching schedule is balanced with chamber music reading, socializing and recreational activities. Kayaking, hiking and trips to vibrant downtown Ann Arbor are just a few of the many fun activities available to the students. There is also a focus on our students becoming “Complete Musicians”, equipped with the skills needed for a professional musician today. These range from public speaking and stage presence to networking and even pedagogy.

In addition to the student-driven coursework of Center Stage Strings, there are also Guest Artist Recitals, Faculty Concerts and Masterclasses presented by world class artists and teachers. A performance calendar will be available early in 2020 with more about the exciting summer event schedule.

Latest News

2019 Photo Gallery

A collection of recent images from an unforgettable summer of concerts, activities and the most amazing group of young artists in the country. Thank you to photographer Natali Herrera-Pacheco for so many beautiful and inspiring photos from our 10th anniversary season!
Calidore Quartet

Calidore String Quartet returns for 2020 residency

Returning to Center Stage Strings for a third summer residency, the Calidore String Quartet brings a vibrant energy that lifts our students to new heights and helps them to imagine the possibility of a future in chamber music.

10 Years of Center Stage Strings - Calendar of Events

We've just finished celebrating our 10th year of Center Stage Strings!  Stay tuned for upcoming videos of some of the highlights from our incredible season of concerts, master classes and special events!  We are looking forward to 2020 as we move into our second decade of changing the lives of hundreds of young artists.  Thank you for you support and keep checking back on our website for updates!

EXPLORE THE LIFE OF A CSS STUDENT

We have constructed everything about Center Stage Strings to be about YOU, from the daily schedule, lessons, technique classes and chamber music, to concerts and even recreational activities like kayaking and exploring downtown college life in one of the top college towns in the country.