Department of Music - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Coastal Bend String Camp

Monday, June 10 through Saturday, June 15, 2019

9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Place: Center for the Arts. (2nd entrance to the University)

Welcome to the Coastal Bend String Camp 2019 held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi! 

The information below pertains to registered campers participating in the String Camp.  Please, read carefully. All information is subject to change.  A detailed schedule which can be downloaded is located at the end of the page with the registration forms.

Drop off and pick up times

String Camp drop off at Center for the Arts (CA) beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Pick up: 5-5:20 p.m.

Each teacher will sign in the student during the first hour of instruction, and we will check them out at 5 pm. Parents have to come to the building to pick up their camper. We will not release any student to another student's parent or any other family member without previous knowledge. If your child is not in the camp by 9:15 a.m. we will call you, and if you have not picked up your child by 5:20 we will call you as well. 


  • Check in: Monday, June 10
  • Time: 8:30 am.  Pick up schedule and Walk-in registrations
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. Camp Meeting/orientation
  • Warm up and auditions in CA room 127 from 9:30-11 a.m.

June 10 Camp meeting IMPORTANT

Parents are encouraged to stay for this camp meeting. We will introduce the faculty and staff, and go over the schedule. Also, we will talk about expected behavior during the camp (cell phone use, tablets, bullying, etc.)  We want the kids to feel safe and enjoy playing music together. We will go over the rules and regulations while attending a camp on the TAMUCC campus. This will be a good time to ask questions. All the students will stay in the building during the camp and they will be under our supervision the whole time. 

Camp Schedule

All campers will be involved in activities everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

List of activities:

  • Orchestra Rehearsal (three orchestras divided by levels and age)
  • Sectionals (rehearsal with your orchestra section. Violins only, violas only, etc.)
  • Instrument choir (violin choir, viola choir, cello choir )
  • Elective classes: TBD. High School students will be assigned individual practice times and/or a chamber music group. 
  • All the campers will participate in all the concerts. 

Concert dates: Concerts are part of the camp. 

  • Faculty Concert: Tuesday, June 11 @ 4:00pm. Center for the Arts room 136
  • Student Chamber Music Concert: Friday, June 14, time TBD
  • Camp Final Concert: Saturday, June 15 at 2:00pm, Performing Arts Center

T-shirts: t-shirts are to be worn during the Final Concert on Saturday. Camp t-shirt and jeans for the Final Concert! You will receive your t-shirt during the camp week.


What to bring?

instrument (If you need to rent an instrument please contact Dr. Jose Flores:



Lunch, snacks or money to buy lunch ($9-10 per meal)

No Sand Dollar cards for commuters (no pre-paid lunch)





Dr. Jose Gerardo Flores, TAMUCC Violin Professor. Camp Director

Dr. Melissa Melendez, TAMUCC Education Specialist. Camp Director 

Dr. Carrie Pierce, TAMUCC, TAMUCC Assistant Professor 

Mrs. Rosa Sierra, Puerto Rico Conservatory String Coordinator





Remember to keep checking your email!


You can contact any of us in the Music Department with questions or concerns.

361-825-3756 or 361-825-5523 



The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend String Camp offers elementary, middle school, and high school students the opportunity to come to the "Island University" for a week of music and fun. The camp is open to all students with at least two years of experience on a string instrument. Students will experience music-making with TAMU-CC string faculty and outstanding area music artists and educators. Classes offered are: string orchestra, sectionals, chamber music, and more TBD. Students will also enjoy activities each day, including recreational events and recitals. Students will be divided by age group—Elementary School, Middle School or High School.


Cost, Deadlines, and Refund Policy

Registration deadline:  CASH AND CHECK ONLY.

String Camp (Commuter Camper Lunch NOT Included) Tuition: $210   June 10-15 

COMMUTER applications must be received by June 01, 2019
Applications must be accompanied by a $50 non-refundable deposit (or the full amount). Please make checks payable to TAMUCC Music Department. Final payment/remaining balances can be made any time prior to the camp start date or at registration the first morning of camp. Please see the application for mailing address.

NO REFUNDS will be issued. 
Commuter Campers have the option to bring lunch with them or buy lunch on campus. Please plan to spend between $7-$10 per lunch if choosing to buy on campus. All meals will be located in the Dinning Hall or the University Center Commons, and there will be a number of great food options. 
Camp Auditions
There is NO audition to be accepted into the camp-ALL students with at least one year of experience on their instrument will be welcomed at the camp. All Coastal Bend String Camp students will complete a simple and painless audition for orchestra/chair placement and chamber music groups. Auditions will be held on the morning of the first day of camp in the Center for the Arts building. Students should bring their own audition music, selecting something that will best show off their skills and musicianship. The audition music should be no more than 4 minutes long.
A&M-Corpus Christi cannot provide instruments for campers. Students will need to provide their instrument and all supplies (rosin, extra strings). Please make certain that the instrument is in good working order before you come to camp. Students who do not own an instrument will need to make arrangements with their school to use an instrument at camp. If you need to rent an instrument, contact Dr. Jose Flores at 
In addition to daily string orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, instrument choir and chamber music, all students will select two electives in an area of their personal interest. Electives are TBD and are subject to change.
For questions or further information please contact us at:
361-825-3756 or 361-825-5523 

Coastal Bend String Camp Commuter Application 2019