Date and Time:
July 2, 2023 2:00 pm - July 7, 2023 - 6:00 pm
Shell Lake Arts Center, 802 First Street, SHELL LAKE, Wisconsin, 54871
Fiddling, Jazz, Swing, Blues, Rock…All in One Week!
Eclectic Strings with Randy Sabien
Camp Dates: July 2-7, 2023
Final Performance: Friday, July 7, 2023 at 3:00pm at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre
Grades 6-12, Adult registrations as commuters only
Placement Screening: Play a tune that is less than 2 minutes long. It might be classical, contemporary, rock, etc. Show off for Randy!
Add rock to your Bach. Put some swing in your strings. Get rhythm in your bows. Hear the news about the blues. Mix a little fiddle in the middle and prepare to experience “Extreme String Camp.” Spend a week with jazz violinist Randy Sabien exploring the exciting possibilities for bowed string instruments. But wait! It gets better! You may elect to participate with the combo program at the same time and play with horns and rhythm section. Or meld with the songwriter camp and learn to back up a singer. Rosin the bow – here we go!
Join us for a week of eclectic strings with local String legend Randy Sabien. In conjunction with our Jazz Combo Camp, you will learn and improve your skills in improvisation, jazz string literature, and techniques.
7:15 Wake Up
9:00 Technique Class
10:00 Improvisation/Theory Class
11:00 Ensemble Rehearsal
1:00 String History and Listening
2:00 Ensemble Rehearsal
3:15 Free Time/Enrichment Instruction/Sectionals
7:00 Evening Concerts/Camp Activities
10:30 Lights Out
Listen to Randy’s Band
Randy has over 40 years of performing experience as a contemporary violinist from touring as singer/songwriter Jim Post’s sideman, recording with Greg Brown, appearing on Austin City Limits with Kate Wolf, guest on Prairie Home Companion, shows with Corky Siegel, to leading his own bands often featuring triple fiddles. Founded the string department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1978 then thirty years later headed the string department at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He is the author of the ground breaking jazz method for strings “Jazz Philharmonic” published by Alfred Music. He has recorded a dozen albums which are available online at randysabien.com.
Questions? Feel free to contact us for any additional information.
Accommodations ~ Lodges are available for the duration of the camp session. They are supervised by a professional counseling staff on duty 24 hours each day and meals are prepared under the supervision of a state-approved dietitian.
Commuter students are expected to remain at camp until the day’s activities are completed (Typically 9:am-8pm).
Registrations ~ are accepted until the camp is full. Students may be placed on a waiting list if desired. A camp registration form is sent after payment is received. All cancellations must be made in writing and received 3 weeks in advance of the start of camp for a full refund. A $75.00 fee will be deducted from your refund. Refunds less than three weeks before camp will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Residential Tuition~ Our student tuition is $725 per student and includes instructional fees, room and board and a camp t shirt which will be worn at the final performance. Please refer to the registration materials found on our registration site at Ultracamp for complete details. A $100 down payment is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance can be paid at the time of registration or in equal monthly installments. All Tuition must be paid before arrival at camp.
Commuter Tuition~ This option is for campers that want to attend our camps but not stay in our dorms, The $400 tuition covers instructional fees, a camp T-Shirt which will be worn at the final performance, meals, and evening activities. Commuters arrive for their first class by 9AM, and can be picked up any time after evening activities conclude (usually around 8pm).
Scholarships ~ Each year, the Arts Center raises funds for the scholarship program. If you are interested in applying for an Arts Center scholarship, please visit our website
Check-in/Check-out ~ Check in begins at 2pm on Sunday of the week your camp begins. All medical, dietary, and consent forms must be completed in UltraCamp before arriving at camp. Additional information will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before camp begins.
Additional Information ~ To request disability accommodations, or other special requests, please contact the Arts Center at least two weeks in advance of camp. More information about camp and all of the opportunities available at the Shell Lake Arts Center can be found on our website.
Participants are admitted without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Shell Lake Arts Center is an inclusive organization, and we accept all artists and musicians.