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Coastal Bend String Camp

TAMUCC Department of Music

Coastal Bend String Camp 2016

Monday, June 13 through Saturday, June 18 2016
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 2016 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. 

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: Sunday, June 12
  • 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 (Info subject to change)

  • Arrive to Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 12. 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: Sunday Sunday June 12 at 10:30 am. Get name tag, pick up schedule 


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. 

  • Faculty Concert TBA
  • Student Chamber Music Concert TBA
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 Camp Final Concert 3:00 p.m. 

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(COMING SOON)

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


What to bring?

Commuter Campers:




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

Dr. Carrie Pierce, TAMUCC, TAMUCC Assistnant Professor 

Mrs. Rosa Sierra, Puerto Rico Conservatory String Coordinator

Ms. Patricia Salinas, CCISD Orchestra Director

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

Ms. Jennifer Mulhern, Improvisation artist. Cello





Dorm counselors:



Remember to keep checking your email!


You can contact any of us with questions or concerns.

Dina Ruiz 361-825-3756



JUNE 13-18

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: June 1, 2016 - CASH AND CHECK ONLY.
String Camp (Commuter Camper Lunch NOT Included) Tuition: $200    June 13-18   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
String Camp (Overnight Camper) Tuition: $550  June 13-18   5:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
String Camp (Overnigth with Accompanied Guardian) Tuition: $980  June 13-18   5:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
String Camp (Overnight with TWO Accompanied Guardians) Tuition: $1,300.00  June 13-18   5:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All applications must be received by June 1, 2016.  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 June 1, 2016.
No refunds can be made after June 1, 2016.
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:
Dina Ruiz, 361-825-3756 or bernadina.ruiz@tamucc.edu