Summer String Workshop

4/13/20 UPDATE: Due to university closures, this camp will no longer be held. Currently registered students will be fully refunded. Please check back for 2021.

Summer String Camp

June 21-27, 2020

Campus Location: Performing Arts Center – Music

A one-week intensive program designed to educate and inspire young string players in 7-12 grade through a rigorous and stimulating curriculum. Skills covered will include string technique (improving intonation, vibrato, set-up) and musicianship (foundations of rhythm, sight singing and theory). Instruments covered in this camp are violin, viola, ‘cello, double bass.

Private, 50-minute lessons with camp faculty are available for an additional cost: $40 for lessons with student teachers, $60 for lessons with UCF faculty.

  • Viola: Dr. Park
  • Violin: Dr. Winter
  • Cello: Mr. Bjella
  • Bass: Laura Knott


  • Dr. Chung Park, Director of Orchestras and String Music Education
  • Erik Bryan, Director of Orchestras at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, FL
  • David Bjella, UCF Professor of Cello
  • Dr. Ross Monroe Winter, UCF Assistant Professor of Violin
  • UCF Music Education Students: Chavellee Almonte, Anna Ariani, Zachary Bergeman, Steven Hernandez, Jin Jones, Laura Knott, Aramis Ruiz-Ruiz, Madeleine Smith
Staff Biographies


Arthur Pranno

In 2012, after 23 years of university teaching in Kansas and Florida, Arthur Pranno accepted the position of orchestra director at the Davenport (Florida) School of the Arts. At DSA, he teaches all orchestra classes as well as piano and general education. Mr. Pranno is currently the Associate conductor and concertmaster of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the highly successful Summer String Workshop held at the University of Central Florida. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa and Master of Music from Arizona State University. He has studied conducting with James Dixon and Dennis Russell Davies and violin with Steven Staryk, Leopold La Fosse and Paul Rolland.

Mr. Pranno has served as Music Director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has held faculty positions at Fort Hays State University and the Echo Glen Chamber Music Festival. He has served as guest clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.

He has guest conducted The Pilsen Philharmonic on two occasions, the Orchestra del Teatro Marrucina and at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Pranno has also conducted numerous All-State and All-County orchestras.

Mr. Pranno has received many awards which have included the ASTA Special Service Award and the Beverly Wolff Teaching Award. In 2009, he was named the Florida College Music Educator of the Year.

Art enjoys free time with his wife, Melanie, dog Poochini, five cats, turtle, and tortoise.


Mark Thielen - conductor of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Director in Polk County Schools for 32 years and a much sought-after clinician and conductor for county, state, and regional level honors orchestras.

Michael Sedloff - Member of the string faculties of Florida Southern College and Polk County Schools, and is a founding member of the Hollingsworth Trio. He has a Masters degree from the University of Michigan.

Anne Parrette - is in her fourth year on the faculty of florida southern college as cello instructor. Previously, her career spanned thirteen years of teaching in Florida's public school orchestra programs, half of that time spent developing performing arts high school orchestra programs. Ms. Parrette is an active adjudicator for state and district MPAs and is in demand across the state as a freelance cellist. Ms. Parrette is a member of Who's Who of American Teachers and of American Women and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Beta Phi.

Check back for 2021 registration

Reservation fee of $50 is non-refundable and will be used towards the cost of tuition.

Early Registration Tuition
$300 by May 1

Late Registration Tuition
$350 by June 1


Please note: Housing is available to all middle school and high school students, and will be in the Libra Community on UCF Main Campus. Housing does not include meals.

15% discount for second child

Applications close June 1, 2020 at 5:00pm or when camps reach capacity

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