skills for beautiful and heartfelt performances

Anderson University StringFest is open to qualified string students (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass). This unique camp experience was developed by the string faculty at Anderson University and focuses on learning the necessary skills leading to beautiful and heartfelt performances. Students have the opportunity to learn and perform alongside world-class instructors including members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Students will have the opportunity to perform in the state-of-the-art York Performance Hall and Galleries. The daily schedule includes chamber music rehearsals/coaching, master-classes, orchestra rehearsals and much more. Students will have the opportunity to perform in master-classes and recitals throughout the duration of the camp.

There will be daily evening activities including recitals, sessions on orchestral playing and much more. In addition, there will be lots of fun activities like games and movies. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment and jam on electric string instruments.


High school students, ages 13-18.


June 23-28, 2019
Monday – Friday


This camp is offered both as a day camp and for residential campers.


Day Camp: $545, includes instruction and lunch
– Register by May 1 and receive a $50 discount.
Overnight Camp: $745, includes instruction, housing, and all meals
– Register by May 1 and receive a $50 discount.

*Prices subject to change until registration becomes available.


Gert Kumi

Albanian native, Gert Kumi has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Africa. Gert began playing violin at age eight. Soon after, he won national recognition as the top prize winner of his country’s music competitions. At age 16, He made his orchestral debut with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra.
As concertmaster of the “Young Virtuosi of Tirana” Chamber Orchestra, Gert toured throughout Europe. He performed for dignitaries such as Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the King of Morocco, the Queen of Liechtenstein and the Royal Swedish family. And his performances were featured on radio and television throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, and Albania, as well as Hungarian television, and Vatican radio.
In the summer of 1995, Gert was invited to study at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, as a scholarship student of Alberto Lysy, protégé of Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
In February 2000, Gert immigrated to the United States to begin the Master’s Program at the prestigious Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Stephen Clapp. He participated in masterclasses with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, David Kim, Donald Weilerstein, Robert McDuffie and many others as part of the DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School.
Throughout his career, Gert has played under world-renowned conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Itzhak Perlman, Jahja Ling, Otto Werner Mueller, and many others. He made his American debut in February 2006, at Merkin Hall in New York City. Gert has performed at the most important venues in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall. In July 2004, he was selected to perform with Sir Elton John as part of the Elton John American Tour Orchestra at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The performances were featured on NBC and Bravo.
From 2005-2007, Gert served as Adjunct Professor at Nyack College in New York City. In 2007, was appointed Artist in Residence at Grace College in Winona Lake, where he served for three years.
Professor Kumi is currently on the faculty at the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake and was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Anderson University. He has performed as a soloist with the Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in China, Staten Island Philharmonic, Symphony of the Lakes, and Masterworks Festival Orchestra. Gert plays regularly with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Anderson Symphony and Muncie Symphony.
Gert Kumi has been with Anderson University since 2011.

Stephanie Tretick

Stephanie Tretick joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in 1980.
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Ms. Tretick began her instrumental studies with the piano, and later took up the violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She attended Vassar College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude, and earned a Master of Music summa cum laude at Indiana University, where she was a fellowship student of Josef Gingold.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Stephanie Tretick was a member of the Baltimore Symphony for five years, serving there as a violinist and violist. She also has performed on both instruments in Pittsburgh, substituting on short notice as a first violinist during a PSO Far East tour and appearing as violin soloist with the Orchestra in a performance of the Concerto in D by her father, the late Sidney Tretick.
Ms. Tretick has been associated with the Aspen and Casals festivals and the Bach Aria Group, the latter with which she collaborated in a recording of Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos. Solo engagements have included a performance of Brahm’s Double Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony and an appearance in Indiana playing the Tretick Concerto.

Yoonhae K. Swanson

Yoonhae K. Swanson completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance at Indiana University. She received the 2000 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Undergraduate String Award, The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and first prizes in the Kiwanis Musical Festivals. She was recognized for “High Scholastic Achievement” at Indiana University.
Yoonhae is an active performer, including Richmond Symphony Orchestra as an assistant principal cellist and a founding member of the 3 Beats Piano Trio.

Noelle Tretick Gosling

Noelle Tretick Gosling double majored in ballet and music at the North Carolina School of the Arts and performed with Ballet West. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in violin performance, she is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and plays regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Having taught at Anderson University and Park Tudor School, she maintains a private teaching studio in her home.

Daily Activities

This is an example. Daily schedule may vary from this sample.

8 a.m. Breakfast
9 – 10 a.m. Individual Practice
10 – 11 a.m. Individual String Quartet Practice
11 – 12 p.m. String Quartet Coaching by the Faculty
12 p.m. Lunch
1 – 3 p.m. Afternoon Session* and Master-Class
3 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal
6 – 7 p.m. Dinner
7 – 9 p.m. Evening Session*

*Afternoon/Evening sessions will focus on different subjects including Ensemble Playing, Individual Technique, Practicing, Sight-Reading, Improvisation on Acoustic and Electric Instruments, etc.

Other Activities

  • Movie night
  • Game night
  • Q&A session regarding college, auditioning, and life as a professional musician

What is Anderson University StringFest?
This is an extraordinary musical experience designed specifically for high school students. The unique program was developed by Anderson University music string faculty and is sponsored by Anderson University.

Who can attend the Anderson University StringFest?
Any high school student interested in improving their level of playing should register for this camp.

Should I bring my instrument?
Absolutely! Several opportunities will be available for students to rehearse, perform, or just jam with the other students at the camp.

Will I need additional money during the camp?
Students may want to bring additional money for extra snacks or bookstore items.

What type of lodging is provided?
Housing is on the beautiful Anderson University campus. Each dorm room accommodates two students and we will attempt to honor any roommate requests. Students will be issued a swipe card for entrance to Morrison Hall and an individual room key. (Note: a $50 charge will be assessed for each room key not returned at the end of camp.)

Are linens provided?
You may bring your own linens to camp or linen service will be provided by the university at an additional charge.

What safety provisions have been made?
University police and security will be present on campus at all times. Dormitory doors are locked at all times. Students are provided with a swipe card for the dormitory building entrance and a key for individual rooms.

What is camp’s policy on discipline?
All camp participants will be provided with rules of conduct and are expected to adhere to these rules. Any student who violates these policies will be sent home immediately.

Is there a dress code?
All of our buildings are air-conditioned, so students will want to dress appropriately. Also, clothing should not display any questionable writing or design that would be offensive to the guidelines of Anderson University.

Where will the StringFest be held?
Anderson University StringFest will take place in the Krannert Fine Arts Building on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. (35 miles northeast of Indianapolis).

Contact Us

If you have questions about programming, contact Gert Kumi.

For questions about registration, room, or board, contact Jill Goodwin.