Music Camp

String Camp

July 20-24, 2016

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The Rowan String Camp offers students the opportunity to be immersed in a world of music making, guided by a distinguished international faculty. During this five-day camp students participate in daily orchestra rehearsals, master classes, chamber music, and special topic sessions.

Special guest artists for the 2016 camp include jazz violinist Diane Monroe, who will lead an introduction to jazz seminar, and violinist Luigi Mazzocchi, who will lead an introduction to Salsa seminar and a classical violin masterclass.
This camp is open to students between seventh and twelfth grades, and is hosted by the Rowan University Department of Music in the spacious Wilson Music Building which houses Pfleeger Concert Hall, Boyd Rehearsal Hall, two newly renovated rehearsal rooms, and over 80 practice rooms.

Resident students will be housed in air-conditioned dorms and take their meals in the newly renovated Student Center Dining Hall, along with commuting students. Supervision in dorms and classes is provided throughout the camp by Rowan University music students and Rowan University Campus Security.

The week culminates in student solo and chamber music recitals, and a closing concert performance by the student orchestra with faculty soloists.

String Camp Faculty

Timothy Schwarz, violin and viola
Gabriela Mandescu, violin
Rachel Johns, violin
Douglass Mapp, double bass
Sal Scarpa, conductor

Guest Artists:
Diane Monroe, violin
Luigi Mazzocchi, violin
Glenn Fischbach, cello

Dr. Timothy Schwarz, String Camp Director, is Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University. He made is solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 9, and has since soloed with orchestras throughout the USA, Europe and South America. After winning top prize in the Artistic Ambassador Competition he performed three recital tours around the globe promoting American Classical Music. He has recorded for Naxos, EMI, Centaur and Marquis Classics. His most recent recording features the music of Pulitzer Prize wining composer Jennifer Higdon, and was named on the “Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013” by the Philadelphia City Paper. His recording of the Bartok Sonata was described as “Good enough to be the only recording in your collection if you just want one” by the American Record Guide. For more information and a performance schedule, visit



Diane Monroe is a violinist whose versatility and expressive artistry consistently bring both jazz and classical audiences to their feet. Her visibility as a jazz artist began with her long-standing membership as first violinist of the Uptown String Quartet and the Max Roach Double Quartet. With the String Trio of New York, she toured in concert with Joe Lovano, Oliver Lake, and literary artist, Quincy Troupe. She has also performed with Reggie Workman, Bill Dobbins, Anthony Davis, John Blake, Regina Carter, Uri Caine, and Steve Wilson, to name a few. In addition to her contributions as a side-person, Ms. Monroe has been leading her own ensembles for more than 15 years. The Diane Monroe Quartet appeared on the Kennedy Center’s Women in Jazz Festival in 2012, and has performed at many other venues. She and Miceli released their debut recording, Alone Together (Dreambox Media), in August of 2014. All About Jazz sums up the recording: “Monroe and Miceli are adept and resilient musicians of the highest caliber, so they are able to weave their combined sounds into many expressive variations that create "tone poems" and tell stories.”

Glenn Fischbach is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking. Following his graduation, Mr. Fischbach spent six seasons as principal cello of the Savannah Symphony. He performs regularly as a substitute musician with The Philadelphia Orchestra and is on the faculty of Temple University's Music Preparatory Division. He is a member of the Belmonte Piano Trio with his wife, violinist Jennifer K. Lee, and pianist Robert Durso. Mr. Fischbach comes from a musical family. His father is a member of the violin faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the co-author of the well-known Viva Vibrato! method books.

Luigi Mazzocchi was born in Venezuela, where he studied in the System of Youth Orchestras with José F. del Castillo. He was a member of the Lara Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela, and the “Simón Bolívar” Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Mazzocchi has performed as soloist with the main Venezuelan orchestras and has attended international music festivals in the Americas, Europe, and Australia. He is a prizewinner in solo competitions in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the US. He completed a Bachelor of Music at Rowan University with Lenuta Ciulei and a Masters of Music at Temple University with Helen Kwalwasser. Mr. Mazzocchi is the Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Dali Quartet, the Gaudeamus and Cachasa Ensembles. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops, and the Serafin String Quartet.

Gabriela Mandescu attended the University of Music Ciprian Porumbescu in Bucharest, Romania and earned her master's in performance from Temple University.She is first violin at the Haddonfield Symphony, Reading Symphony and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and teaches violin at schools in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Auditions are required.

To schedule an audition, contact Timothy Schwarz at

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Resident Cost $600
Commuter Cost $500

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program.

Checks should be payable to:
Rowan University String Camp

Mail deposit or full camp payment to:
Rowan Summer Music Camps
Rick Dammers, Chair
201 Mullica Hill Rd.
Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701

(Schedule is subject to change.)

Wednesday, July 20th
9:00 Registration and welcome
9:30-10:00 Special Topic: How to prepare your chamber music before the first rehearsal
10:15 -11:45 Chamber groups rehearse on their own; faculty stop in to help as needed
12:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Chamber group coaching
2:15 – 3:45 Violin/Viola Masterclass: Tim Schwarz
Bass Masterclass: Douglass Mapp
3:45 – 4:00 Snacks
4:00 – 5:00 Orchestra
5:00 – 6:00 Free time
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 Faculty recital

Thursday, July 21st
9:00 – 9:50 Technique Class
10:00 – 10:50 Chamber Music Coaching
11:00 – 12:00 Individual lessons, practice time, rehearsals for masterclass with pianist
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Cello Masterclass with Glenn Fischbach
2:45 – 3:30 Special Topic: Good Communication Skills within your chamber music ensemble
3:30 – 4:00 Snacks
4:00 – 5:30 Orchestra or possibly chamber groups if needed
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Choir/Band Concert

Friday, July 22nd
9:00 - 9:50 Technique Class
10:00 – 11:50 Chamber Music Coaching
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Violin Masterclass with Luigi Mazzocchi
2:15 – 3:15 Introduction to Salsa Music with Luigi Mazzocchi
3:30 – 4:00 Snacks
4:00 – 5:30 Orchestra
6:00 Dinner
7:00 TBA

Saturday, July 23rd
9:00 - 9:50 Technique Class
10:00 – 10:50 Chamber Music Coaching
11:00 – 12:00 Individual lessons, practice time, ensemble rehearsals
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:20 Run Chamber Music Program
2:30 – 3:30 Improvisation Seminar: Introduction to Jazz (Diane Monroe)
3:30 – 4:00 Snacks
4:00 – 5:30 Orchestra
7:00 TBA

Sunday, July 24th
10:30 – 11:45 Orchestra
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:20 Chamber music coachings
2:30 – 3:30 Orchestra
4:00 – 5:00 Chamber Music rehearsals as needed
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
7:00 Final Concert
Student Chamber Groups
String Orchestra