How to Apply



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How to Register:
  1. Pre-Register online

  2. Pay only the $70 application fee (non-refundable)

  3. Send audition materials according to instructions below. NOTE: Auditions Materials will now only be accepted through Decisiondesk software. Auditions sent by any other media will not be considered.

  4. You will be notified of acceptance by March 31, 2017.
  5. Once accepted, finish registration and pay tuition and housing fees to secure your spot in String Academy 2017!

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Online Registration for Summer String Academy 2017:  CLICK HERE!

Online Registration for Junior Summer String Academy 2017 (Director approval required):  CLICK HERE!

To make changes to your account including adding tuition or housing charges, or to make a payment, please see the directions HERE.

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Deadlines for Summer 2017


Extended Application deadline: March 20, 2017
Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 8, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: March 26, 2017
Verification of Attendence:  April 3, 2017 (Please confirm that you are coming!)
Total fees deadline: April 19, 2017

Required forms deadline: May 31, 2017 (Click HERE for the forms) 

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Non-refundable registration fee: $70
Tuition: $2,200
Room and Board (includes food): $2,300

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Jr. String Academy

To apply for Jr. String Academy, please contact Christina Hightower at

For more information about Jr. String Academy, please CLICK HERE.

All Jr. String Academy participants must fill out the "Jr. String Academy Required Form" and return it to us by May 31, 2017. Click HERE for the form.

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Audition Requirements

You MUST audition for this program. We are delighted to announce that you can submit your pre-screening materials through DecisionDesk by clicking HERE or on the registration application.  

The recording should include the following:

  • Two contrasting pieces, or two contrasting movements from the same piece

  • A letter of recommendation (See Below)**

Audition recordings will ONLY be accepted through DecisionDesk. Audition material received through any other medium will not be considered. Video recordings may be uploaded to DecisionDesk in the following formats: aac, aiff, m4a, mp3, wav, wma, avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv

There is an additional $15 charge for the use of Decision Desk which is NOT part of the registration fee.

Tips for using Decision Desk:

Always use the student's name consistently

Please make sure to click final submit with your $15 payment so that the submission is completed

**Letters of recommendation can be sent to the Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs at, or mailed to;

     Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs
     1201 E. Third Street
     Bloomington, IN 47405

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid (need-based aid) is awarded to families who have a total family income under $50,000 per year for summer programs. The highest amount of a need-based award from the Summer String Academy is 10% of tuition. International students may apply for a merit award (details below), but are not eligible for financial aid. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Legal Residents may apply for Financial Aid. Please indicate your application for Financial Aid on your online registration.

*Applications must be received no later than March 8, 2017 in order for your child to be considered.

Step 1:

Use the online registration website (listed above) to create your student record. Tuition is not required at this time. Pay only the non-refundable registration fee ($70) and financial aid fee ($10), if applicable, at this time.

Step 2:

Download the financial aid application [CLICK HERE] and mail the following 3 items below to the address on the financial aid application:

  • Completed Financial Aid Application

  • Photocopies of parent/guardian's most recent signed Federal Tax Form 1040

  • Copies of W2's

Once the tuition waiver has been determined, families will be contacted by email and given further instructions. Questions? Please see our Contact Us page.

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Artistic Merit Awards

To apply for a merit award, please email a letter of request as outlined below to Mimi Zweig at:, or mail your letter to:

Mimi Zweig, String Academy Director
IU Jacobs School of Music
1201 E. 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47405

Your letter of request should include the following:

  • List any musical honors and/or special achievements. Include competitions, but don't limit yourself to these. Tell us about anything significant you have accomplished in music.

  • List all prizes and scholarships received from educational or musical organizations in the past 2 years. Include who gave the award, when it was awarded, and the amount received.

  • Have you received or do you plan to apply for awards, scholarships, or prizes that are specifically for summer music study, either at the String Academy or elsewhere? If so, list the source of funding and the amount received or applied for. If a decision on your application for an award or stipend from an outside (non-string academy) source of funding is still pending, please note that.

  • Without financial aid, can you still attend the String Academy? If not, please tell us why.

  • Please include anything else that you would like us to take into consideration.

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Some applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted applicants will be notified if a space becomes available, however, being on the waitlist does not guarantee a space in the program.

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Tuition, minus a $200.00 cancellation charge (this includes the $70 non-refundable registration fee) will be refunded to participants if they withdraw prior to June 1st. No Refunds will be granted after June 1st.

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The Jacobs School of Music reserves the right to cancel a workshop if enrollment is not met. Participants will be informed 2 weeks before the start of the workshop and receive a full refund. Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.

Indiana University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students who believe that they are eligible for an accomodation should contact Disability Services for Students at (812) 855-7578 or