String Day

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Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

String Day provides high school orchestras and their directors with an exciting day of musical enrichment. The event includes a short performance by each group in the Music Building concert hall, an on-stage workshop led by NIU faculty members, master classes with NIU string faculty, and a performance by the renowned Avalon String Quartet

Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, String Day 2021 will be held online and the participation fee will be reduced.

Orchestra directors have the option to send a pre-recorded orchestra performance. Directors and orchestra members will experience school orchestra performances on YouTube, participate in master classes and engage with NIU faculty on Zoom, plus enjoy pre-recorded performances from NIU Philharmonic and The Avalon String Quartet


  • Cost: $100 per school (due two weeks before the event)
  • Registration deadline: Jan. 8, 2021
    • This clinic is limited to eight schools
  • Notification deadline: Jan. 15, 2021

Be sure to register by the deadline. Faculty will select groups from those received by the registration deadline. We will contact directors chosen to participate by the notification deadline. A registration fee is charged for each ensemble and is due two weeks before the event date.

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If you cancel five or more business days before the event, you may request a refund from Kristin Sherman at or 815-753-1450. No refunds will be made after this time unless NIU cancels the event.


Participants will work with the NIU faculty members who compose the Avalon String Quartet:

They also work with the following faculty members:

More faculty members will be announced as they are confirmed.

Contact Us

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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Online Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely until further notice. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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