String Leadership Institute - June 23-27, 2024

The String Leadership Institute at K-State is a unique music camp experience for high school orchestra students.

Rooted in the belief that leadership begins with connection to others, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of community building activities aimed at providing musical and leadership experiences that are meaningful and inspiring.

Students will reside on the K-State campus throughout the duration of the camp and will have the opportunity to experience...

* Large Ensemble & Chamber Music Coaching

* Leadership Training & Team Building Activities Dr. Dirks Headshot

* Exciting Performance & Cultural Opportunities

* Music Service Projects & Call Hall Ice Cream!

* Work with leadership specialists includingNate McClendon Headshot

- Dr. Rachel Dirks, Director

- Nate McClendon, Leadership Coach



Registration, Tuition & More

Registration tuition for SLI includes all expenses related to instruction, activities, housing, and meals. Students who would like to attend as a non-resident may also do so—the registration fee for non-resident students will include all expenses above, excluding housing.

SLI 2024 Tuition

$349 - Resident Campers

$229 - Non-Resident Campers


Online registration is now open! Registration requirements for the camp will include the following:

Step 1: Complete the SLI Registration Form. This form should be completed no later than Friday, May 24, 2024.

Step 2: Submit a short (2-3 minutes) performance video demonstrating your playing abilities. Your video can include a performance of your most recent solo repertoire, or orchestral repertoire if you don't have a solo prepared at this time. This performance will be used to assess which chamber ensemble you will work with, so make sure to submit a performance that best exemplifies your musical skills and abilities.

All videos are due no later than Friday, May 24, 2024 and should be submitted using either an unlisted YouTube video link or a Google video link with Viewer or Editor Mode enabled. Please submit your video using the SLI Performance Video Form.

Step 3: Complete the following tasks below—all requested forms and tuition fees must be received no later than June 1, 2024.

1. Complete the online SLI Student Contract Form .

2. Download the SLI Parent/Guardian Permission Forms Packet , complete the forms and then return the completed forms via email, fax, or U.S. post—this contact information is available within the packet.

3. Send a personal or cashier's check for the total tuition fee—this check should be received no later than Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Tuition checks should be written to the KSU Symphony Orchestra and sent to the following address:

K-State String Leadership Institute (C/O Rachel Dirks) * 109 McCain Auditorium * Manhattan, KS 66506

Step 4: Get ready to have fun! Once you are registered and all items submitted, we will send music for you to prepare for the week as well as detailed information about the camp.

Got questions? Inquiries about the String Leadership Institute may be made to the Camp Coordinator, Russell Clark ( We look forward to learning and working with you this summer!


For those who are interested, scholarships for the camp are available. Please contact Camp Coordinator, Russell Clark ( for more information regarding the scholarship application process.

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