String Day

December 2, 2023
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Open to all ages and experience levels
Special Guest Artist, Carmen Abelson, violin

The IWU String Day is a celebration of this amazing family of instruments intended for all ages and levels of string musicians to learn from our incredible Faculty and a special guest artist, Carmen Abelson. During the day, you will be invited to attend a masterclass, special topic conversations, hear the IWU Chamber Strings, as well as opportunities to audition for the IWU School of Music if you are a high school senior musician. The day will also include a welcome breakfast and a group meal in our campus dining hall. There is a $25 participation fee to join us for the entire day.

Our guest musician, Carmen Abelson, works throughout the Chicagoland and Midwest areas as a solo, chamber, and orchestral performer and music educator. A member and sometimes concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for three years, Abelson was a Civic Orchestra Fellow from 2017 through 2019, in which year she won positions with the West Michigan and Illinois Symphony Orchestras. Abelson is also a core member of 5th Wave Ensemble, a collective dedicated to the performance of works by womxn and non-binary composers, and a teaching artist at The People’s Music School. More info about Carmen can be found here:

Registration Steps

Step #1 – Online Form

Step #2 – Fee

Step #3 – University Paperwork
Medical Release
University Waiver
Forms can be filled out and brought with them on the day of the event.

Step #4 – Audition (optional)