2017 Friendly Violins

to enhance the skills of Suzuki violinists


Registration opening soon!


July 10-14, 2017 Program Information:

For students who have completed 3rd through 8th grades and are already involved in Suzuki violin lessons

Sessions run from 9a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Student drop-off begins at 8:45a.m. and pick-up ends at 3:45p.m.

Extended Care morning hours are available from 8-8:45a.m., and afternoon hours are available from 3:45-6:00p.m.

What is "Friendly Violins", and who can participate?

Friendly Violins is designed to provide a week of concentrated music study and musical enjoyment for students already involved in Suzuki violin lessons. The program is offered for students who have completed 3rd through 8th grades and are already involved in Suzuki violin lessons. Friendly Violins runs concurrently with New Garden Friends School summer camp Session 5, the week of July 10-14, 2017.

What do participants do in this program?
All students will have one Suzuki-style group class using appropriate music to help focus on various techniques and musical concepts. Students will also have a second group class focusing on reading, learning new music, and ensemble playing.  This music will be distributed at the beginning of camp. A third set of group classes will focus on music theory and music reading in more of a classroom setting. This class will help students decipher all music notations and terminology and learn how to apply it.  Afternoons will be filled with more group classes, such as fiddling and drumming. Lunch period and recreational breaks will be spaced throughout the day.  There will be a culminating concert on Friday at 2:30p.m. All parents and friends are invited and encouraged to attend!



Where will this program be held?
Friendly Violins is held on the Page-Frederiksen campus, located at 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road.  Classes are held in the Arts and Athletics Center, which features a spacious music room and performance spaces.  There is also space available for indoor and outdoor games and activities during breaks. Bus Shuttle Service is offered in between campuses.

The program fee is $250. This covers the camp hours from 9a.m.-3:30p.m., Monday-Friday. A $25 non refundable deposit (which will be applied to the program fee) is required with registration to reserve a spot for your child. The deposit is inclusive, meaning it will be applied to the session fee. The balance is due by Friday, July 7. 
Extended Care is available for an additional fee, and Bus Shuttle Service is provided.


Are scholarships available?
Financial aid is very limited and only available to students who have a true financial need. Please contact Jeff Bills for more information, jbills@ngfs.org




Who Are The Faculty?
Jeannie Sykes, violin
Northern Illinois University, BM;
Texas Christian University, MM-Suzuki Pedagogy
Jeannie has taught Suzuki violin for over 30 years in various programs, institutes, and workshops across the country. For the last 20 years she has been the music teacher at NGFS where she has developed a large and active string program. She is also a violinist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Wiley Sykes, percussion
UNC-G, BM; Northern Illinois Univ., MM; UNC-G, BA
Wiley is a member of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies, and the Grand Teton Music Festival, and teaches percussion at Guilford College. He plays a variety of different percussion instruments including North Indian tabla, drum-set, and West African jembe, and is an active performer with his own Philidor Percussion Group and many other ensembles.

Eve Hubbard, violin
UNC-G, BM; Northwestern Univ., MM; UNC-CH, MM
Eve is a longtime dedicated Suzuki violin teacher, who maintains a large studio at The Music Center in downtown Greensboro. Accomplishments include 19 years as Director of Greensboro College Strings, a multi-studio Suzuki program, and hosting regional workshops.  Her goal is to contribute to building a vibrant musical community through teaching and performances.

Karen L. Stefanik Collins, violin
University of Akron, BS; Florida State University, MM
Karen is currently a violinist with the Greensboro Symphony, Suzuki violin teacher at Greensboro Day School, and the assistant string director for the summer program Chamber Music on the Hill at Wake Forest University. An active clinician, she has taught at many places throughout North Carolina.


Students will also enjoy a special performance by other professional musicians.

More questions?
If you have questions about the Friendly Violins program, contact Jeannie Sykes at jsykes@ngfs.org. For questions about NGFS Summer Camp, contact summer@ngfs.org.