Senior Program

2017 Senior Session June 26 - July 8 (please note, student orientation begins June 25)

ECCF Senior Session is for students that have completed 8th grade by June of 2017

Founded in 2005, Elm City ChamberFest High School String Session is a small, two-week intensive chamber music program for intermediate to advanced string players. Daily classes take place on parts of the Yale University Campus in New Haven, CT. Yale locations include the Divinity School, Stoeckel Hall, William L. Harkness Hall, Battell Chapel, as well as the Celentano Museum Academy (adjacent to Yale Divinity School). Students are housed in Yale Colleges under the care of ECCF Residential Staff, or local area students may opt to commute each day.

ECCF High School String Session students participate in weekly chamber music performances, daily coachings, weekly private lessons, guest artist and faculty master classes and string orchestra. Additionally, students can choose from a variety of electives and workshops including conducting, Jazz, Klezmer, theater improvisation, viola for violinists, recording, music theory, Yoga and Alexander Technique. The primary focus during lessons is on ensemble playing and repertoire, however, there are opportunities for solo repertoire with guest artist master classes


A typical day of a High School ECCF student might look something like this:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 String Orchestra

10:15– 11:30 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time

11:30 – 1:00 Chamber Music Coaching

1:00 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time

3:00 – 4:30 Master classes, workshops, group rehearsals or individual free time.

5:00 – 6:30 Dinner Break

6:30 Evening rehearsals, master classes, workshops or recreational activities. 

There are two Wednesday evening Faculty and Guest Artist concerts at 7:30 in Yale University’s Sudler Hall.  These evening concerts are optional for students, but are extremely inspiring and highly encouraged!  Student concerts are at the end of each week.

Fun Facts!

  • Yale is ranked 3rd for 2014 among national universities by U.S. News and World Reports, and their School of Music is ranked 5th by the popular website Music School Central.
  • Founded in 1701, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
  • 90% of our ECCF Faculty and Guest Artists are Yale graduates.
  • Aside from its historical university, New Haven is also known for its outstanding pizza! 


Audition Requirements: live auditions are strongly encouraged, however, should you be unable to attend a live audition, please submit a recording via our online dropbox.

Senior strings live audition requirements:

  • One solo work representative of your level of playing
  • One major and one minor 3-octave scale plus the corresponding arpeggio of your choice
  • You will be asked to do some sight-reading

Senior strings recorded audition requirements

  • Two contrasting solo works representative of your level of playing
  • One major and one minor 3-octave scale plus the corresponding arpeggios of your choice

To start an application, go to our Apply! Page.