Wednesday, July 6 - Saturday July 9, 2022

Camp Con Brio, String Camp of the Rockies provides string students with a wonderful musical opportunity each summer.


Campers consist of violin, viola, cello and bass students who are entering grades 6-8 (middle School) or 9-12 (high School).

The minimum requirement for the middle school and high school orchestras is at least one year of classroom or private instruction on their instrument.

The Beginning Orchestra is open to students who are entering grades 6-8 (middle school) or 9-12 (high school) with no prior experience, but an interest in learning a new instrument.


Our mission is to provide students with an educational and musical experience, at a reasonable rate, in a non-competitive and supportive environment.


Our goal is to get students excited about playing music and learning new skills while making friends and having fun!




Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center


Tucked into the mountains near Divide, Colorado, students will have the opportunity to experience exciting recreational activities such as zipline, ropes courses, swimming, horseback riding, and more. 


Students will be housed in cabins. All meals and rehearsals are within walking distance. Horseback riding is a 30-minute bus ride away, and is included in the participation fee.



Soon-Hee Newbold

High School Orchestra Director

Pattie Nelson

Middle School Orchestra Director

Sandy Sundstrom

Violin Instructor

Mike Schaefer

Violin Instructor

Kyle Rupley

Viola Instructor

Jonathan West

Cello Instructor

Jay McGuffin

Bass Instructor

Lauren Martens

Beginning Orchestra Upper Strings Director

Eleanor Dunlap

Beginning Orchestra Lower Strings Director



$675 for High School Orchestra students

$575 for Middle School Orchestra and Beginning Orchestra students


This fee includes:

- Four days of camp tuition

- Lodging and meals

- Recreational activities (some activities are optional and can be added on)

- Commemorative camp T-shirt

Scholarship opportunities are available through Colorado American String Teachers Association for students that qualify. There may also be opportunities through your school orchestra program. Ask your orchestra director or private instructor!


Every day, students will get to experience a variety of rehearsals, classes, and recreational activities. Classes include sectionals, where they split up in instrument groups to practice their orchestra music, and work on their right and left hand technique.

Rehearsals are all together with our music director, preparing music for our concert!


A typical day would consist of breakfast, morning rehearsal, sectionals, lunch, recreation time, dinner, rehearsal, and an evening activity. Evenings may include movie night, a faculty recital, game night, blacklight dodgeball, or s'mores by the campfire!

Students will also have some down time during camp to relax and recharge.


Campers will have busy days filled with learning and fun!


Students will be asked to record an audition and submit online prior to camp. This is informal and designed for the instructors to get a general idea of the student's current ability level, and to determine seating placement within the ensemble. Students may be asked to play a scale, an excerpt from the camp music selections, a prepared piece of their choice, and perhaps perform some sight reading.