Dr. Daniel Ketter assists two String Fling students holding instruments

String Fling

String Fling is a summer chamber music/orchestra experience for pre-college string students.

Marking its 22nd year, String Fling 2024 returns July 16-19 for a fast-paced exploration into music making. Students ages 13-18 in private lessons are invited to study this summer on the Missouri State University Springfield campus.

Dr. David Hays plays violin for String Fling students


Students will be coached by full-time faculty of Missouri State University's Department of Music, including Dr. David Hays (violin), Dr. Daniel Ketter (cello), Dr. Amy Muchnick (viola) and other guest faculty. Convocations, master classes, presentations and and other events combine to make String Fling an unforgettable experience.

Commuting Participants

Campers choosing the commute option must arrive on campus in the morning and be picked up by their legal guardian in the evening at the end of daily activities. Commuter campers are provided lunch and dinner Wednesday through Friday.

Overnight Campers

Campers choosing the residential option live on campus in a University residence hall for the duration of the program; they are served three meals a day at one of the residential dining halls. A staff of counselors supervise residential life. All camp students are supervised at all times.

Two students play string instruments together

Camp Details

String Fling campers are placed into small ensembles, according to their respective abilities, to work with coaches and perform in master classes, and also comprise a string orchestra. Their work culminates in a performance at the conclusion of camp.

Daily Schedule

July 16-19, 2024

String Fling runs Tuesday, July 16, thru Friday, July 19, 2024. More detailed schedule information will be mailed to campers with sheet music.

(Tuesday) July 16:

  • Afternoon arrival to Missouri State campus
  • Introductions and initial rehearsals

(Wednesday - Friday) July 17-19:

  • 8:30 a.m. — Student drop-off, breakfast, and personal practice time
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Rehearsals / Lunch / Assembly / Masterclass
  • 5 - 8 p.m. — Dinner / Evening Activities / Orchestra
  • 8 p.m. — Student pickup
  • Friday:
    • 6 p.m. — Concert

To apply:

Students interested in attending should apply during the discounted early bird application period that ends May 24, 2024. The final application deadline is June 10, 2024.

  1. Complete the online application and fee.
  2. Prepare and publish an audition video:
    • Keep video brief, no longer than 3 minutes.
    • No accompanist is required.
    • Publish audition video as an unlisted video on your YouTube or Vimeo channel.
  3. Email a link to your audition video to StringFling@MissouriState.edu. Please include your full name as it was submitted on the application.

Apply to String Fling

Tuition and Fees

Tuition includes a $35 non-refundable application fee. Applicants not accepted for any reason will have all fees refunded except for the $35 application fee.


  • $500 ($520 for single room, if available). Apply by May 24 for an early-bird discount of $100.


  • $410. Apply by May 24 for an early-bird discount of $100.

Student plays violin

Don't miss out!

Don't miss our early bird discount application period that ends May 24, 2024! The final deadline for completed application is June 10, 2024.

Contact us

Contact the Missouri State Department of Music at 417-836-6958 or email StringFling@MissouriState.edu for more information.