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Coastal Bend String Camp

TAMUCC Department of Music

Coastal Bend String Camp 2015

Saturday, July 25 throughout Friday, July 31st 2015
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 2015 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.

Drop off and pick up times

String Camp drop off: 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. 


Commuter Campers

  • Check in: Saturday, July 25
  • Time: 8:30 am.  Get name tag, pick up schedule
  • Go to assigned room. Warm up and auditions until 10:50 a.m.
  • 11:00-11:50 Camp Meeting/orientation

Resident Campers

  • Arrive to Corpus Christi on Friday July the 24th. Campers and their families will be picked up in the airport. If any families are planning to rent a car, please let us know.
  • Check in into the dorm
  • Check in: Saturday, July 25. Time: 8:30 am. Get name tag, pick up schedule
  • Go to assigned room. Warm up and auditions until 10:50 a.m.
  • 11:00-11:50 Camp Meeting/orientation 

Camp meeting on July 25 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 (commuters and residents) 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: Mariachi and improvisation. This year we were only able to open two classes. 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. 

  • Sunday, July 26, 2015  Faculty Concert 4 p.m.  Center for the Arts
  • Thursday, July 30 2015 Student Chamber Music Concert 3:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center
  • Friday, July 31 2015 Camp Final Concert 3:00 p.m. Performing Arts Center

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

Special activities after camp hours

Some of the following activities are only for the resident campers, but we have some activities that are schedule for ALL the campers:

1. Saturday, July 25- Resident campers will have time to organize their rooms and rest. 

2. Sunday, July 26- Play outside. Resident Campers only

3. Monday, July 27- Board games night. Resident Campers only

4. Tuesday, July 28- Movie Night. Resident Campers and High School Commuter campers only.

5. Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday July 30- Swimming Pool Day! All campers are invited to come!!  7:00-8:00 pm. The TAMUCC Swimming Pool is indoors. Sign up for Swimming Pool days during registration. We need to know how many students the Recreational center will expect. No sign up, NO POOL.


What to bring?

Commuter Campers:




Lunch, snacks or money to buy lunch ($7-8 per meal)

If you pre-paid for your lunch, you will get a meal card (Sand Dollar Card) Don't lose your meal card!


Resident Campers:




standard twin size linens 






telephone, ipad, ipod, books or anything that will make your stay more comfortable.  Don't forget your charger

Lunch: you will get a Sand Dollar Card for your meals on campus. Don't lose your meal card!



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

Dr. Melissa Melendez, TAMUCC Education Specialist. Camp Director 

Mrs. Rosa Sierra, Puerto Rico Conservatory String Coordinator

Ms. Patricia Salinas, CCISD Orchestra Director

Mr. Eugene Alfaro, Orchestra Director in the Houston Area. TAMUCC Alumni

Mrs. Mia Hagarty, violin instructor. Active freelancer in the area. 

Dr. Luis Miguel Rojas, Principal cellist. Puerto Rico Symphony

Ms. Jennifer Mulhern, Improvisation artist. Cello



Austin Gabrillo, TAMUCC student. Violin and Piano

Matt Paiz, TAMUCC student. Cello

Anthony Salazar, TAMUCC student, Violin


Dorm counselors:

Jacquelyn Vaught, Shannon Proksch, Austin Gabri


Remember to keep checking your email!


You can contact any of us with questions or concerns.


Courtney Noe: Courtney.Noe@tamucc.edu

Phone: 361-825-5523

Dr. Melissa Melendez melissaviola1@gmail.com

Cell: 361-537-1231


JULY 24-31

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, Mariachi, World Music and Rhythm. 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: July 4, 2015
String Camp (Commuter Camper Lunch NOT Included) Tuition: $160    July 24-31    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
String Camp (Commuter Camper Lunch Included) Tuition: $205    July 24-31    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
String Camp (Overnight Camper) Tuition: $550  July 24 -31   5:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
String Camp (Overnigth with Accompanied Guardian) Tuition: $880  July 24 -31   5:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
String Camp (Overnight with TWO Accompanied Guardians) Tuition: $1,210.00  July 24 -31   5:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All applications must be received by July 4, 2015.  Applications must be accompanied by a $50 deposit (or the full amount). Please make checks payable to TAMUCC Music Department. If you would like to pay the $50 deposit or the full amount by credit card, please visit us at cla.tamucc.edu/music to find a link to the TAMUCC Marketplace Mall.   Final payment/remaining balances can be made any time prior to the camp start date or at registration the first morning of camp.

Refunds, minus the $50.00 deposit, can be made on or before July 4, 2015.
No refunds can be made after July 4, 2015.
Commuter Campers have the option to bring lunch with them or pay tuition to include the lunch in the fee. All meals will be located in the Dinning Hall or the University Center Commons, and there will be a number of great food options. Meals will begin with lunch on the first day of camp.
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. Melissa Melendez directly at melissaviola1@gmail.com
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. Elective descriptions follow: (Subject to Change)
Mariachi Class: play Mariachi music with other students. Groups will be divided by levels and will experience the musical style of Mariachi playing. 
General Music Class: Learn about folk music from Africa, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas.
Improvisation Class: learn about improvisation; develop your inner imporvisation skills throughout a series of activities and exercises.
For questions or further information please contact us at:
Dr. Jose Flores, jose.flores@tamucc.edu 
Dr. Melissa Melendez, melissaviola1@gmail.com