chamber music in the mountains


Cloud -- taken by Melissa M. Rife
Photo taken by Melissa Rife at CMIM 2000

hamber Music In the Mountains
at Echo Glen

July 25 - 31

Tucson Junior Strings will again be presenting its summer chamber music camp this year (2021) on Mount Lemmon.

Dates: July 25 through July 31

Location: Southern Pines Camp on Organization Road
just off Mount Lemmon Highway (just below Palisades Ranger Station)

Accommodations: two and three story dormitories with bunk beds, dining hall with three meals a day prepared by a kitchen crew made up of parents, rehearsal tents (out of doors), full court volleyball and basketball areas

Format: pre-registered players will be sent music for one movement of a professional string quartet piece which they will prepare ahead of time. At the camp they will have two rehearsals a day on that music as a quartet. They will also have two coachings a day by a professional quartet coach. There will also be a student level orchestra that will rehearse in the evenings on one professional level orchestral work. A chamber music seminar will be presented daily by a well-known professional chamber musician.

Faculty: Each student group will be coached by a professional string player who makes their living, at least in part, by playing chamber music. Those professionals plus the seminar coach, called the Senior Coach, will also form an ensemble and rehearse every day for the students to watch. At the end of the week the faculty will give their own concert. \

The faculty concert will be Saturday night, July 30.
The student groups will give their concert on Sunday afternoon, July 31.

Fee: The student fee is $650. This includes overnight stay, three meals a day plus possible snacks, coaching, tuition, music, and insurance.
The fee may be paid in three installments.

Student qualifications: Students must have turned 14 as of 1 July this year, and meet the technical requirements for regular Junior Strings Chamber II level orchestra (see web page at

If interested: please contact Dennis Bourret at



Dennis Bourret, musical director

Southern Pines Baptist Camp
Organization Ridge Road on Mount Lemmon AZ

CAMP is open to qualified high school and college-aged string players
Must be 14 or older to participate

$650.00 covers
Tuition & Room and Board

    1. Deposit of $250.00 due 1 June
    2. 2nd payment of $200 due 1 July
    3. Balance of $200 due 25 July,
          first day of camp


Faculty Concert
Saturday, July 30
Location to be announced

Student Concert
A concert will be presented by our young Chamber Music in the Mountains at Echo Glen performers.
Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 pm
First Southern Baptist Church
445 East Speedway Boulevard

Both concerts are open to the public -- please invite family and friends. They are "donations gladly accepted" to enable the use of the facilities for our concerts, and also for funding financial assistance to CMIM participants who cannot meet the full tuition, room and board.

CONCERT DRESS:  We will be performing our concert at First Southern Baptist Church at 445 East Speedway. With respect to the venue of our concert, though it is not your church, we are asking that concert dress reflect proper respect. Please DO NOT wear mini skirts or revealing gowns.

violins: be able to play sixteenth notes in fifth position
violas: eighth notes in fifth position
cellos: thumb position and tenor clef
basses: eighth notes in the first five positions.
AND everyone should have a good vibrato.

The minimum age is fourteen. Camp is open to students through college age.

We are taking applications at this time. Please have any interested students contact the director, Dennis Bourret, dbourret@cox./net or 520-745-5830.

Purpose and approach
CMIMeg hopes to provide each camper the insight to ensemble playing by in-depth study of one chamber work in two coached sessions per day, and the opportunity to play one challenging orchestra piece well.

This year, barring any other disasters such as the Aspen Fire three summers ago, we plan to hold our camp on “the Mountain” again. We will be at the First Southern Baptist Church Camp “Southern Pines” again this year. The camp is located on Mount Lemmon, just past mile post 20 on Organization Ridge Road.

Camp starts on Sunday, 25 July at 3:00PM and ends on Sunday, 31 July after the final concert in Tucson.

Fees and financial arrangements

All checks and money orders should be made payable to:
Tucson Junior Strings.
Visa, Mastercharge, and American Express are also accepted.

Registration for camp is scheduled for 3:00PM at Southern Pines. Registrants should have a completed application, health and medical form, and balance of tuition.

NOTE: Health and medical forms are mandatory for ALL in attendance.







Tucson Junior Strings 
Dennis Bourret, Director
6426 East Eli Drive
Tucson, AZ 85710-8741
Telephone (520) 465-1334



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