Violin & Viola Boot Camp

with Charles & Rachel Stegeman

July 29 - August 2, 2019 (session 1)
August 5 - 9, 2019 (session 2)
August 12 - 16, 2019 (session 3)

*Sessions are held at the Mary Pappert School of Music and will run Mondays-Fridays from 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Students are with instructors and learning the entire time in a safe, non-competitive environment.

Registration (deadline on or before July 15, 2019)

($50 deposit due at registration, full balance due by first day of camp)

$650 for a single session
$1,200 for two sessions
$1,700 for three sessions (BEST VALUE)



9-9:50  Morning warm up activities
Scales, Arpeggios Carl Flesch A major
Technique, Flesch, Schradieck, Sevcik Opus I and Opus 8
Observed practice on Technique
Technique wrap-up
1:30-2:00      LUNCH
Practice Masterclass and assignments
Observed Practice of assigned repertoire
Observed Practice of assigned repertoire
Mini-Masterclass of afternoon's work

This week-long program is open to violinists and violists looking to gain extensive improvement in practicing efficiency equivalent to that of an entire school year. Included are group technique classes, masterclasses, and supervised practicing. Study with award-winning professors and world-class performers Charles Stegeman and Rachel Stegeman.

Camp Description

A clinic for the purpose of teaching and developing effective practicing techniques and strategies while implementing them with a master clinician in masterclasses and round tables.

Violin Boot Camp 2017 Group

Camp Mission

To create a string individual practice environment where the teacher can correct mistakes occurring during the practice as they happen. Supervised practice time, group technical work and instruction as well, as daily masterclasses and performances by each student. Topics also covered are sight reading, quick music learning techniques, and orchestral excerpts.

Boot Camp Activity

Camp Materials

Below is a list of materials needed for camp participation: 

- Any personal repertoire that the student's teacher wants them to work on.
- Practice Journal (spiral note book is fine)
- Carl Flesch Scale Studies
- Schradieck School of Violin Technique - Book 1
- Sevcik Opus 1 - Books 1-4
- Sevcik Opus 8 - Shifting Preparatory to Scales
- Recording device (smart phone, tablet, digital recorder etc).
- Pencils and erasers

Boot Camp Warm-ups

More about the Camp Directors...

Charles and Rachel Stegeman

Charles Stegeman
M.M., Violin Performance, The Juilliard School, 1979
B.M., Violin Performance, Curtis School of Music, 1975

Canadian born violinist Charles Stegeman made his recital debut at age seven in Banff (Alberta, Canada) and debuted as soloist with the Banff Festival Orchestra at age nine. He was awarded a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music at the early age of 14 where he earned his Bachelor's Degree, including academic coursework at the prestigious Haverford College, at the age of 20. Stegeman continued his formal music education at the Juilliard School where he earned a Masters Degree of Music Performance and worked towards an Artist Diploma. Stegeman's teachers include Ivan Galamian, Nathan Milstein, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Sally Thomas. He continued with Doctoral studies at the University of Michigan but had to abandon the degree when he was awarded the joint positions of Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Professor of Violin with the Kansas City Symphony and The University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1985.

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Rachel Stegeman
M.M., Violin Performance, Duquesne University, 2008
B.M., Violin Performance, Duquesne University, 2004

Rachel Robinson Stegeman, a native of Washington D.C., began her violin studies at age 8. As a student of National Symphony Concertmaster, William Steck, she quickly developed her performance skills, winning the opportunity to solo with the National Symphony Orchestra with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. While establishing herself in the D.C. area in 1984-1989, she performed with the National Symphony and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra (as well as many other orchestras in the area), performed in a string quartet at the White House, traveled to Rome to perform for the Pope, and later won orchestral auditions that led her to California, both with the Pacific and Sacramento Symphonies. After relocating in 1989 and accepting a principal position in the Pacific Symphony in Southern California, Stegeman gradually became one of the most sought after violinists in the recording industry, performing on sessions in the motion picture industry, as well as the television and record industries. She was also hired as a substitute in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for concerts and tours. Shortly thereafter, she won the position as Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and also won the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. While in Los Angeles, Stegeman performed in many live broadcasts and taped television work, for shows such as Jay Leno, Craig Kilborn, various local news programs, Days of Our Lives, the American Music Awards, VH-1 Awards, E.T. 50th Anniversary Live with Steven Spielberg and John Williams, and several years of The Academy Awards as an orchestral member. As a full time employed studio violinist, she performed in over 800 major motion picture soundtracks, 50 television shows, 600 records, as well as commercials for television, live performances broadcast on the radio, and other live concerts throughout the area. She has recorded many genres of music including classical music, chamber music, jazz, pop, R&B, contemporary jazz, easy listening, rock and roll, heavy metal, and movie soundtracks for over 100 labels worldwide.

Stegeman made a massive career change when she moved to Pittsburgh in 2002. She is an Adjunct Professor of Orchestral Audition Training, Applied Violin and Chamber Music at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music. She also holds the positions as Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony (WV) and Youngstown Symphony (OH), Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. She is very involved with the Pittsburgh Symphony, performing with them on many of their season concerts and international tours since 2009. She is also involved in several summer music festivals, both national and international, such as Sunflower Music Festival, Buzzard's Bay Music Festival and previously the St. Barth's Music Festival in the French West Indies. She continues her chamber music collaborations here in Pittsburgh and at music festivals with well-known artists who live around the world.

As an Adjunct Violin Professor at Duquesne University, where she has been teaching since 2002, she has sent many of her students right into jobs, both in performing and teaching positions. Some orchestras where her students are employed part time or full time: San Antonio Symphony, Chicago Civic, Pittsburgh Symphony (2 students being hired as substitute musicians), Westmoreland Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. Many of her music education students are employed locally in North Allegheny School District, Moon School District, Upper Saint Clair, and other states such as New York.
In the last four years along with her husband, Charles Stegeman, she has created a new music festival: Violin Boot Camp, which is dedicated to the excellence of practice and performance techniques of young violinists. She maintains a large home studio of violinists and violists, hoping to create a system of efficient practice techniques for young players.
Her instrument is a H. Fagnola violin (Italian) of the year 1923. Her teachers include Ramona Coppage, Leslye Gartrell, Luis Haza, William Steck, Robert Lipsett, and Sidney Harth. She studied music at Catholic University (in Washington D.C.) and graduated from Duquesne University in both Undergraduate and Graduate Violin Performance Degrees.

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