Calvin String Summit

Calvin String Summit

Calvin String Summit 2013

Camp dates

August 18-23, 2013


Covenant Fine Arts Center
Calvin College
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI


John Varineau

Quartet in Residence

Quartet Coaches





Summit Schedule -TBA


Fee: $325/student

A $50 deposit is due with your completed application. Balance is due by August 18, 2013. 

Payment can be made in the form of check or cash. Sorry, we are unable to accept credit cards. Checks should be made out to Calvin College and should be mailed with the application.

Application Process


  • Applications: Complete the attached form and mail it to the Calvin College Music Department with your $50 deposit in the form of a check payable to Calvin College. 
  • Auditions: a short audition is required as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to prepare two contrasting, advanced pieces of at least 7 minutes in length. Audition times are arranged by the student in coordination with the string summit Director, Dr. Reimer. Please indicate on your application a selection of dates and times that work for you. 
  • Scholarships: The Music Department will work with you and your family to make attendance at String Summit affordable. Several levels of scholarship support are available, including performance awards based on auditions and other merit based criteria, and grants based on demonstrated financial need. Please download a scholarship form from the website and include the completed form with your Calvin String Summit Application.
  • Notification: Students are strongly encouraged to apply by August 1. Once a student has applied, they will hear from Dr. Reimer regarding the status of their acceptance. Because the camp is limited to 52 participants, many students will advance to the wait list, which will remain open until the camp begins in order to fill out the remaining string quartets. Those who are accepted immediately will receive music to prepare for the summit. 
August 1: Application Deadline

Food & Housing

The Calvin String Summit is a day camp, meaning it is assumed that students have their own housing and provide their own meals.


Participants can enjoy Johnny’s Café located conveniently on campus and open daily for lunch. Calvin College is located near Grand Rapid’s bustling 28th Street which has a number food establishments from fast food to fine dining.

Why should I consider this?

Many students are not able to participate in the longer summer camp opportunities to hone their skills and enjoy the comraderie of friends making music—this camp provides those opportunities in a more compact time frame. When was the last time many college students played music together with old friends from Youth Orchestra? This camp provides a chance to re-connect with old friends and make new ones from the area around the playing of music. Some students have succeeded at every opportunity they have faced—at this camp they may find a refreshing challenge from others who have accomplished as much or more, as well as a distinguished faculty of national reputation. Some have a teacher expecting to hear that concerto at their first lesson of the new school year or have an important seating audition coming up - this camp provides the feedback and performance opportunities to be prepared for the first week of school.

Meet our past faculty...


Elisabeth Adkins | National Symphony, Maryland University
Annie Chalex Boyle | Harrington String Quartet
James Buswell | New England Conservatory
Annie Fullard | Cavani Quartet, Cleveland Institute of Music
Mihai Craioveanu | Hope College
Elayna Duitman | Cleveland Orchestra
Dylana Jenson | Tchaikovsky Competition Medalist
Renata Knific | Merling Trio, Western Michigan University
David Kim | Philadelphia Orchestra
John Marcus | Enso String Quartet
Gregory Maytan | Grand Valley State University
Blair Milton | Chicago Symphony, Northwestern University
Maureen Nelson | Enso String Quartet
David Reimer | Calvin College
Eric Tanner | Perugino Quartet, Grand Valley State


Lisa Boyko | Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music
Barbara Corbato | Grand Rapids Symphony, Hope College
Lawrence Dutton | Emerson Quartet
Igor Fedotov | Western Michigan University
Yuri Gandelsman | Michigan State University
Stanley Konopka | Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music
Melissa Reardon | Enso String Quartet
Abhijit Sengupta | Fontana Chamber Arts
Peter Slowik | Oberlin Conservatory
Leslie Van Becker | Grand Rapids Symphony, Calvin College
Richard Young | Vermeer Quartet


Richard Belcher | Enso String Quartet
Karen Buranskas | Notre Dame University
Robert DeMaine | Detroit Symphony
Alicia Eppinga | Ensemble Montage, Grand Rapids Symphony
Alan Harrell | Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland State University
Karen Krummel | Grand Rapids Symphony, Calvin College
Pablo Mahave-Veglia | Grand Valley State University
Carol Ou | New England Conservatory
Brant Taylor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bruce Uchimura | Merling Trio, Western Michigan University


Jack Budrow | Michigan State University
Joseph Conyers | Philadelphia Orchestra
Robert Goodlett | Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Hovnanian | Grand Rapids Symphony, Calvin College
Stephen Molina | Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Robert Nordling | Former Music Director of the Calvin College Orchestra and Calvin Community Symphony.

Calvin String Summit Director

David Reimer is a violin professor and head of the String Program at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate from the Ohio State University.  Dr. Reimer is an experienced orchestra musician who has recently performed with the West Michigan Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and the MasterWorks Festival Orchestras.  He is also an experienced recitalist and has performed concerti on tour with the Calvin College Orchestra and Calvin Alumni Orchestra, including tours of England and China.  Dr. Reimer released his first Compact Disk in the Fall of 2010. 

The Three Goals of the Calvin String Summit

  1. Quality
    The CSS is committed to providing the highest level of faculty (composed of internationally-recognized artists in addition to the best performers and teachers in the region) for the most skilled and committed string students in the West Michigan region.   

  2. Community
    The CSS assembles these students into a community of friendship, music-making and support that will enable them to continue growing in their gifts knowing that others appreciate and celebrate their efforts. 

  3. Convenience
    The CSS is committed to being financially attainable and logistically convenient for all its participants. This includes the brief length of the program (one week) and the strategic time in which the camp is held (during the seam between the end of summer activities and the beginning of the school year).

Calvin College is a Christian school—is this camp only for Christians?

No, it is for advanced string players of any belief. The intent of the camp is to help students refine their musicianship and enjoy the opportunity of playing great music together. There will be an optional daily time for students who wish to talk about issues related to Christian faith and classical music. These sessions will include some profound Christian musicians who will share their thoughts and experiences.

Program History

The Calvin String Summit was a dream of Dr. David Reimer, violin professor at Calvin College.  In response to a need for a short camp of high quality that both high school and college students could benefit from, Dr. Reimer brought the concept to reality in August of 2008.  The faculty was the signature of the program, including internationally recognized artists along with outstanding regional and local teachers.  The 2008 faculty included famous solo violinists James Buswell and Dylana Jenson, highly regarded quartet musicians Annie Fullard (Cavani Quartet) and Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet) and elite orchestra members Elisabeth Adkins (National Symphony) and Joseph Conyers (now with the Philadelphia Orchestra), among others.  There were also outstanding students, including the Founders Quartet of Aaron Tubergen (Holland Area Youth Orchestra/Cleveland Institute of Music), Carrie Hoogland (Grand Rapids Youth Symphony/Indiana University), Phil McMillan (Pennsylvanian studying at Calvin College), and Libby Schnabel (Indiana University).  The first CSS included six string quartets and three bassists, who performed the Mahler Adagietto under the direction of Robert Nordling, in addition to quartets from Haydn to Ravel.  The 2009 and 2010 Summits continued to grow in quality and quantity, in spite of an economic recession. In 2011, the CSS will return to the Calvin Fine Arts Center after a two-year absence for multi-million dollar overhaul. Students will find this a wonderful facility in which to play chamber music. Tthe Fourth Annual CSS will continue to be sponsored by the Calvin College Music Department and directed by Dr. Reimer.