June 20-July 17, 2021

New for Summer 2021, we are excited to introduce CSS SESSIONS, an opportunity tailored for everyone! Whether you are a young aspiring musician not already attending the official CSS Institute as an accepted student, or whether you are an enthusiastic music-lover, eager for a more immersive experience than a regular audience member, CSS SESSIONS is for you. Witness the magic behind the curtain and gain access to world-class string teaching!

Violinist Esme Arias-Kim, First Prize Winner in our first ever CSS Young Artists Solo Competition, held in the summer of 2020 as part of our virtual summer season.

Cellist Brandon Leonard was the Second Prize Winner in the 2020 CSS Young Artists Solo Competition. See his performance at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm6Ymg0uKas

Highlights from our Summer 2019 Young Artist and Chamber Music Concert series. We can’t wait to make live music this summer and connect with audiences again!

Visit our Performances and Events Page for concert information, whether you plan to attend in-person or online via livestream. http://centerstagestrings.net/news/10-years-of-center-stage-strings

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.

2021 Update: Last year, we were one of the first summer festivals to announce that we were going to pivot and create a vibrant summer program ONLINE! It was a resounding success, with participants and faculty from all over the world.

This year, we welcome many of our students in-person, while also providing a robust online program!

Latest News

NEW FOR 2021- SESSIONS

An exciting new opportunity tailored for everyone! Whether you are a young aspiring musician not already attending the official Center Stage Strings Institute as an accepted student, or whether you are an enthusiastic music-lover, eager for a more immersive experience than a regular audience member, CSS SESSIONS is for you. Witness the magic behind the curtain and gain access to world-class string teaching! New for Summer 2021, SESSIONS participants will have access to Center Stage Strings programming like never before, via Zoom, including direct viewer access to CSS technique courses, internal master classes led by CSS faculty, and other programming previously closed to the public.

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.

The Next Ten Years – Center Stage Strings – Calendar of Events

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 2021 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.