College of Visual and Performing Arts

Summer String Camp

26th Annual Summer String Camp June 21-25, 2021

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass

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, and bass. 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.

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

Bring a sack lunch and drink to class each day.

There will be a recital on the last day of camp; details will be published as available.

  • All grades welcome; students need to have a minimum of two years of string instruction
  • June 21-25, 2021
  • 9am to 2pm
  • Rhinehart Music Center
  • Five 5-hour sessions: $299 includes all music and a t-shirt

Register here!

An informational brochure and registration form for 2021 can be downloaded here ; return it as instructed on the form. If you registered online via the above link, please download and print out the form and return it to Emily Arata Grillo at or fax (260-481-6707).

ACMP logo red backgroundThis program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

Meet the 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 Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy in addition to serving as an Purdue Fort Wayne associate faculty member.

Important Information


The Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the 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

Purdue University Fort Wayne 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 Purdue Fort Wayne 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 Purdue Fort Wayne 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 Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University West Lafayette Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The Purdue Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy abides by the Purdue University 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: