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Navarro River Music
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Navarro River String Camp

Since 2004!

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Due to the destruction to our camp venue Angela Center from the October 2017 Santa Rosa fires, Navarro River String Camp was cancelled in 2018. In August 2018, Sabina Strings carried on the Navarro tradition at Santa Sabina Retreat Center in San Rafael, with similar activities including chamber music, large ensembles, informal playing and performing opportunities, rhythm skills classes, concerts with guest musicians, and Alexander Technique based morning warm-ups and evening wind-downs. Sabina Strings continues in 2019; camp dates are July 31st to August 4th. Please visit for further information. In gratitude for the time we have shared, Navarro River String Camp



Navarro River String Camp is a Project of Symphony of the Redwoods, a community orchestra which has flourished on the Mendocino Coast since 1983. Please visit the Symphony website. You can also "like" the Symphony on Facebook. Symphony of the Redwoods is a 501(c)(3) organization which means that your contributions are tax-deductible. Sincere thanks to the Symphony for their support.

String Camp, August 2017, Angela Center, Santa Rosa CA

String Camp, August 2017, Angela Center, Santa Rosa CA

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If you have an interest in playing with others and want to gain ensemble experience, this is the camp for you! Created especially for beginning and intermediate adult string players (violin, viola, and cello), Navarro River String Camp provides an opportunity to gain ensemble experience and enjoy an intensive musical retreat in northern California. Participants will spend time rehearsing both coached and uncoached in several different assigned groups with music mailed out in advance. Classes are offered developing rhythmic, intonation, sight-reading, improvisation, and other music and ensemble skills, and there are chamber music jams with the coaches and an evening concert with guest musicians.

Background playing experience of Navarro River string campers is varied. Participants are preferably working with their own teacher and have been playing for at least a year. Some started later in life and have no previous musical experience; others played as kids and are returning after a long break. Some play in chamber groups regularly throughout the year and others do not. Preference is given to applicants who work with a private teacher and maintain a regular practice schedule. Camp has from its beginnings been primarily directed towards beginning and intermediate players, and has evolved to contain a wide spectrum of skill levels. Our wish is for a cross-fertilization of inspiration and support across all levels.

More information about the String Camp
  1. The What, How, and Why of NRSC
    At the heart of our intention for NRSC is the creation of a musical community of mutual enjoyment, appreciation, learning, and support...
  2. View a summer camp sample schedule
  3. Practicing before string camp
  4. Read what participants say about Navarro River String Camp
  5. Read about the coaches
  6. Performance and sight-reading activities during camp

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Thanks to David Pollard, Sandy Barrera, and Christine Moore for photos

Thanks to David Pollard, Sandy Barrera, and Christine Moore for photos

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

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Navarro River Music
Box 366
Mendocino, CA 95460


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