As music educators and orchestra directors, Chase and Christi Chang bring a wealth of experience to our young musicians. Mr. and Mrs. Chang has 34+ years of combined experience with adolescent music education. With camp director, Dave Burfiend, they produced a student-centered program that is second to none. Summer String Academy provides a higher quality experience for every student. They will be able to work with world class professional musicians. We have highly trained orchestra teachers, conductors, instrumentalists, camp staff, and kitchen staff. We make sure that we have a low student to staff ratio, so we know your child will have a great experience.
Welcome to the Summer String Academy Orchestra Camp!
Chase and Christi Chang helped out at many of Nancy and Arthur Shaw's 3-day high school orchestra retreats at Lazy F Camp. The beautiful mountains, wildlife, and music making brought synergy to the overall setting. Mr. Chang and Mr. Shaw also enjoyed the home cooked meals of the Lazy F kitchen staff. They especially enjoyed the second and third servings. Mr. and Mrs. Chang saw how playing skill, camaraderie, and musicianship significantly increased over such a short amount of time. Naturally, they brought their own high school and middle school orchestras to Lazy F Camp. Recognizing the benefits for our students, camp director, Dave Burfiend discussed the potential for an orchestra camp. The Summer String Academy began its inaugural year on August 2015. Their baby boy, Elisha Chang, was born August 25, 2017 and will experience his first time at Lazy F Camp and Retreat.
We'd like to send a special thanks to Program Coordinator, Katie Rau and Graphic Designer, Pam Murphy for contributing so much of their time and effort!