Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is the age range at SSI? Our youngest participants were advanced nine-year-olds, but the vast majority of students are between 12 and 25. This means we have a 1/3 split each, of middle school, high school, and college-aged participants. Students are grouped by age and ability for chamber music groups. 
  • How do I know if SSI is the right camp for my middle-school aged child? SSI students are ready to work independently with a private teacher, can practice on their own throughout the day, and are ready to particiapte in chamber music and orchestra. They are ready to be on campus full day or to board. They are regularily participating in musical activities in their school and communities, such as region, all-state, and other performance venues. SSI requries audition videos with two contrasting movements or pieces, to be uploaded in the application. Students usually have at least four years of playing experience.
  • Is there another string camp for less advanced players? UNT holds a seperate camp for beginning string students who are looking for a day time, fun, ensemble only experience. This camp, directed by Elizabeth Chappel, is the Orchestra Summer Day Camp. This camp does not provide private lessons, chamber music, lectures, or on-campus boarding. It is appropriate for elementary through high school students. This camp requires one year of playing experience, and no private lessons experience or participation. 


  • Which is the closest airport? Dallas-Fort Worth International (35min by car) and Dallas Love Field (55min).
  • Is there public transportation from the DFW to Denton? Yes, please click here for more information.
  • Is there a bus shuttle service on campus? Yes, please clik here for more information.


  • Where can I park my car on campus? On the parking site next to Bruce Hall and Legends Hall.
  • Where do I obtain my parking permit? It will be handed out to you during the orientation event or at the dorm check-in if you are a boarder. 
  • How much is parking for boarders? Parking is free.
  • How much is parking for commuters? A $10 fee per session.


  • In case of an emergancy, who do I contact? A list of counselors' names and phone numbers will be sent to you.
  • Where is the nearest hospital? Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, 3000 North I-35, Denton, TX 76201,  940-898-7000
  • Will there be close supervision of my child's medications? Yes, counselors will be in charge.  


  • Where do I reside? Bruce Hall (Youth) and Legends Hall (Adult)
  • Where do I eat my meals? Bruce Hall Cafeteria
  • Do I need to bring bedding for my dormitory stay? Yes, bed linen.
  • Is the dorm room air-conditioned? Yes. 
  • Is there a curfew? Yes, "ligths off" is at 10:30pm.
  • Will my child be supervised in the dormitory? Yes, several counselors will be around 24/7.
  • Is there wireless internet access? Yes. The fee is included with your housing pacakage.
  • Can my child check out of the dorm early? Yes, immediately after the student concert on Saturday evening (July 20 or July 27) which ends around 10:30pm. 


  • What are the counselors' responsibilities?  Counselors will be on staff 24/7 and stay in the dormitory over night. They will coordinate fun acitivities aside from the daily musical schedule. All counselors are trained to take on all responibilites that come along with the string institute.