2016 Friendly Violins

To enhance the skills of Suzuki violinists


Summer 2017 offerings coming soon!


July 11-15, 2016 Program Information:

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

Sessions run from 9:00am-3:30pm
Student drop-off begins at 8:45am and pick-up ends at 3:45pm

Extended Care morning hours are available from 8:00am-8:45am & afternoon hours are available from 3:45pm-6:00pm Click here for more details


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 the week of July 10-14, 2017.

What do kids do in this program?
All camp 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 2:30pm. All parents and friends are invited and encouraged to attend!



Where will this program be held?
The program will be held at the New Garden Friends School Page-Frederiksen campus, located at 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road.  Classes will be 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.

The program fee is $245. This covers the camp hours from 9:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday. A $50 deposit (which will be applied to the program fee) is required with registration to reserve a spot for your child.  
Extended Care is available for an additional fee


If you are registering for Friendly Violins in addition to other Summer Program sessions, please complete the Friendly Violins registration form first, then simply email summer@ngfs.org regarding the other sessions you would like to attend.  Please do not complete two registration forms for the same child.


Bus Shuttle Service

Bus Shuttle Service is offered between campuses 


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, jeffb@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 18 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, 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, the conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Philharmonic, 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 any questions, please feel free to call NGFS for more information at 336.299.0964. Ask for Jeannie Sykes or email jeannies@ngfs.org.




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