Strings Camp is FULL

To be put on a waiting list please call 239-333-1933 M-F between 10am and 5pm

  July 18- 22, 2022

  9:00- 4:00 

Join us at the coolest, most creative arts facility around for amazing learning & performance experiences for aspiring southwest Florida string players! The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is pleased to launch a fun and enriching, one-week summer string festival for intermediate and advanced-level string players.  Students will be divided into two classes, with an opportunity to rehearse together each day.

SBDAC Education Director and long-established Davis School of Music violin instructor Kara Griffith has offered the SWFL student strings community many memorable camps since 1991.  She is joined by Cypress Lake Center for the Arts orchestra instructor Kayla Lisa, and Edison Park Creative Arts Magnet School Violin Instructor Lisa James.  A variety of guest instructors including area favorite Roland Forti and local alum Vinny Conrod will also join in to add fun and inspiration throughout the week.

We will meet daily at the gorgeous and historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center,  with the Friday concert held in the beautiful Grand Atrium.  


  • Conductor or teacher written (or email) recommendation

  • One year ensemble experience 

  • Fluent note reading 


  • Max enrollment 20 students/week.

  •  $350 tuition payment is due at registration. Partial Tuition assistance available within application. 

  • $25 per day extended day.


Kara Griffith has been a prominent violin instructor in the area since 1988. She was the founder of the Edison Park Elementary violin program, and also a founder of Gulf Coast Music School, was the former Southwest Florida Symphony Education Director, and currently directs and teaches violin at the Davis School of Music in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.  She has been a violin section member of the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and Nautilus Chamber Music. She shares her passion for downtown and the historic SBDAC and loves to provide lessons in this beautiful downtown gem, bringing in even more families and young people who appreciate and value the arts in their homes and communities!

A Lee County native, Violinist/Teacher/Director/Creator Lisa James has been the music and strings director at Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School since 2011. Her school is well-known for collaborative performances, creative productions and building community through music. Her passion is teaching young children how to play the violin. She has taught in Lee county for over 20 years, publicly and privately. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid wade fisherwomen. (she is the one holding her violin in her photo)

Kayla Lisa’s music foundation was built in Collier County where she was a regular member of the Naples Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She is now in her eighth year at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts where she instructs guitar, string techniques, music theory, and conducts three levels of orchestra as well as a full symphony. Ms. Lisa has served as a conductor for the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and has held leadership roles as the Florida Orchestra Association District Chair for Collier and Lee Counties. She also served as an international officer for the professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, and is currently the Awards Chair for the Florida Orchestra Association. Ms. Lisa was named Orchestra New Teacher of the Year in 2016 as well as a four-time Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction.

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