College of Visual and Performing Arts

20th Annual Summer String Camp June 22-26, 2015

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Guitar*

CAA Summer String Camp

Run by Fort Wayne Philharmonic musician Marcy Trentacosti, this camp features string orchestra, chamber ensembles and group classes for violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar*. Students are coached by Philharmonic musicians and must have a minimum of two years of string instruction to take part in this camp. Learn new music in a week of string orchestra, group classes and chamber music playing.

This year's camp features Brazilian guest artist Raimundo Nilton Silva, who will be teaching the following:

  • Brazilian rhythms
  • Teach a scale that Brazillian music uses
  • Call and response to teach Baiao rhythm
  • Improvisation/steps to improvisation over rhythm
  • Brazilian repertoire
  • Brazilian style
  • Bossa nova
  • Xote
  • Baiao
  • Choro
  • How to recognize the style, specifics of performing each style and improvising

If you have questions, please contact Marcy at 260-432-3218.

*If interested in guitar, there are only four slots available and they are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bring a sack lunch and drink to class each day. There will be a music recital at 1pm the last day of class.

  • All grades welcome; students need to have a minimum of two years of string instruction
  • June 22-26, 2015
  • 9am to 2pm
  • Rhinehart Music Center
  • Five 5-hour sessions: $269 includes all music and a t-shirt
  • New for 2015: Residential Camp Option! Call 260-481-6059 for details as they become available.

Click here to download a 2015 brochure and registration form.

Meet the Instructors

Director: Marcella Trentacosti

Marcy Trentacosti, ViolinMarcy Trentacosti is the director for the CAA Summer String Camp and has been a full-time section violinist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1976. Marcy also is the conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra. She graduated from Indiana University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music Education and in August 2008 received her MM in violin performance from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Marcy participated in the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy; Chicago Civic Orchestra; Bach, Beethoven, Breckenridge Music Festival and was concertmaster of the Marion Philharmonic. She taught orchestra at Snider High School, Woodside Middle School, Canterbury School and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Marcy maintains a private teaching studio and teaches for the IPFW Community Arts Academy in addition to serving as an IPFW associate faculty member.

Guest Artist: Raimundo Nilton Silva

Raimundo Nilton Silva, ViolinMusic teacher and violinist Raimundo Nilton Silva was born in the small Amazon village of Coari, Brazil. He has a degree in music education from the University of Brasilia and is a faculty member of the CEP - Brasília Music School since 1986 teaching violin. He has a master's degree in jazz studies performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, under the direction of pianist and arranger David Loeb.

Silva has taught and performed in several summer courses in Brazil and the United States, always defending Brazilian and American music. His first CD entitled Violinando, sponsored by Villa Lobos Foundation of Culture Center Department of the City of Manaus, demonstrates various styles of Brazilian music such as: xote, baiao, frevo, choro, samba and bossa nova. His second CD titled "Ten Days of Work of Hermeto Pascoal," sponsored by FAC - Support Fund for Arts and Culture, Department of Culture of the Federal District, contains 10 tunes from the Sound Calendar Book. His intention is to expand the repertoire of the violin beyond the traditional classical music.


Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the IPFW Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.

Parental Supervision Statement

IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.

Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults

The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The IPFW Community Arts Academy abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here: