Elementary strings grades 2-5

Prelude Strings Program

This lively, interactive program motivates and inspires young players. Large and small ensemble opportunities are paired with fun, educational music games and activities. One year of prior experience on the instrument required.

Classes run from 9:00-12:30.

Young string players engage in small ensembles and a large-group orchestra experience. Music games round out their day.

The Prelude Strings program culminates with an informal share on campus Friday morning and a very special performance in the Sun Valley Pavilion on Friday afternoon.

All students and their families are encouraged to attend the free, world-class performances presented by the Sun Valley Music Festival. See the Concert page on the website for more information about performance dates, guest artists, and repertoire.

Program Details

Prelude Strings perform on Friday in both departmental recitals and the afternoon Pavilion Concert.

Prelude Strings departmental recital:

Friday, Aug. 9, 11:30-12:30

In the Community School Elementary School Common Room (where their orchestra class normally meets each day)

Afternoon Pavilion concert:

Friday Aug. 9, 3:00 PM

Groups performing: Prelude Strings, Prelude Choir, Concert Choir (Intermediate Choir), Philharmonia Orchestra, select piano ensembles, select string, and woodwind or brass ensembles

Dress rehearsals: See the Friday Schedule in your registration packet for specific times and details

Concert attire: Pavilion concerts: all students will wear the Music Institute polo shirt they receive the first week. Additional guidelines:

  • Ladies: black dress pants or skirts (knee length or longer), black dress shoes (flats or low heels, no spiky high heels).
  • Gentlemen: Black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes (no jeans or athletic shoes).


Other summer program performances:

Afternoon Pavilion concert:

Friday Aug. 9, 3:00 PM

Groups performing: Prelude Strings, Prelude Choir, Concert Choir (Intermediate Choir), Philharmonia Orchestra, select piano ensembles, select string, and woodwind or brass ensembles

Evening Pavilion concert:

Friday Aug. 9, 6:30 PM

Groups performing: Sun Valley Youth Orchestra, Chamber Singers (Advanced Voice), select piano ensembles, and select ensembles. This concert includes a Grand Finale featuring combined SVYO, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir, select woodwind, brass, and percussion students.

Soloist recital:

Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 PM

In the Community School Theater. Featuring Intermediate-Advanced Students selected by audition to perform

Small group and ensemble recital: 

Thursday August 8, 4:00 PM

In the Community School Theater

Groups Performing: Select string Chamber Music Experience Ensembles (M-Th Ensemble groups), woodwind, brass, and percussion groups, additional string class groups, and small vocal ensembles.

Prelude department recital:

Friday, Aug. 9, 11:30-12:30

In the Community School Elementary School Common Room (where their orchestra class normally meets each day.)

Piano department recital:

Friday, August 9, 11:00-12:30

In the Community School Theater

Attendance policy: 

  • Students must attend all assigned classes and rehearsals. If you must check a student out for some reason you must make arrangements with the Site Coordinator in advance.
  • Students are expected to remain on campus for the duration of the program including lunch break, if applicable. If students have afternoon rehearsals or classes, please be sure to bring a sack lunch. Light snacks will be served at breaks.
  • Please notify Site Coordinator if your student is absent due to illness, or extenuating circumstances as soon as possible.
  • It is assumed that students participating in the program will be available to participate in any applicable departmental recitals and the final concert on Friday.

Dress code: There is no formal dress code, but students are expected to dress respectfully while on campus or at events. No bare midriffs, short shorts, or t-shirts with distasteful slogans or logos.

Concert attire: Music Institute Polo shirt received at check in, black pants or black knee length or longer skirts, black dress shoes and black socks(if applicable.)

Please, no jeans, athletic shoes, or high heels.

Music Institute Polo Shirts will be worn at all performances (large and small ensembles, department recitals) unless otherwise approved by Site Coordinator.

Please note that the Sun Valley area is in rural Idaho with very limited access to shopping, please review above list of required attire and be sure to bring all items with you.

Food is the responsibility of the participating students. Light snacks will be provided during breaks each day.

Housing is not routinely provided for students from out of the area. On occasion a limited number of home stay situations may be arranged for students only. Students must be 12 years of age or older to qualify for a home stay. Please contact the office if you require housing assistance in order to attend the Music Institute. Housing cannot be guaranteed, but staff will make every effort to help you find affordable accommodations.

As a resort community, the Wood River Valley (the communities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, and Bellevue) offers a broad range of lodging options.  For more information, click here.

If you are the family of a local student attending the Music Institute Summer Programs, please contact the office if you would like to host a student musician. Thank you to those who have done this in the past!

Acceptance notification: Since the Music Institute now offers summer programs for just about every ability level and instrument, we will only notify you if we do not have a program that fits your age, ability level, or instrument.

Fees: Thanks to the generosity of Festival donors, much of the summer programs work is underwritten! The total registration/materials fee for the program is $100. You may pay online as you register. This fee includes materials and the Music Institute polo shirt that is required for performances.

Fee refund policy:

  • Registration cancelled by June 1: full refund available
  • Registration cancelled by June 15: partial refund ($35 polo shirt/materials fee)
  • Registration cancelled after June 15: No Refund of $100 registration/materials fee. Fees paid in advance for private lessons may be refunded.

Contact the education office to request a refund. If you are unable to attend this summer’s Music Institute programs and would like to convert your registration fee into a donation to the Festival’s Music Institute, please let us know.

Scholarships: The Festival offers a limited number of scholarships for registration fees. You can apply for a scholarship as you register online in the fees section on the registration form. Scholarships will cover $65 of the total fee, we ask that you pay the $35 materials fee upon registration.

Private lessons: Many Sun Valley Music Festival musicians are available for private lessons during The Institute. Students should request a private lesson on their registration forms. The Festival will attempt to accommodate all requests for private lessons

  • $65 Hour
  • $35 Half-Hour


If for some reason, you cannot fulfill your obligation to attend the program, please let the Music Institute know by June 15 so another student may fill your spot.