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Cello Intensive Summer Camp at the Music Institute of Chicago

August 5th - August 9th 

At this cello intensive at the Music Institute of Chicago, you will be able to experience a wide variety of what the cello has to offer from detailed practice plans, technique workbooks, alternative styles, how to perform under pressure and more. Each student will receive a booklet of exercises and will be able to learn the secrets of performing with multiple performance  opportunities of the same piece throughout the week.

Videos of most classes will be made available to students to rewatch for a limited time following the conclusion of the camp.



9:30-10:00 Warmups and stretching
10:00-11:00 Technique
11:00-12:00 Alternative Styles and special subject classes (Vibrato/Intonation and Bow stroke development)
12:00-1:00 Bring your own lunch hour
1:00-2:00 Cello Choir
2:00-3:30 Performance class, mental performance training and effective practice training
3:30-5:00 Optional 30 minute lesson time with Mr. Friedlander and/or private 30 minute rehearsal/coachings with Mary Drews are available for an additional fee


This camp is designed for students at the Suzuki book 8 or equivalent level and above.  With most teachers taking time off in August to prepare for the fall, students will get a boost of energy and information in order to have them prepared for the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions please contact Avi Friedlander at


300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka IL 60093

Registration CLICK HERE 

All classes are lead by Avi Friedlander (cello)

Mary Drews will be on piano for the performance classes 

For out of town guest.  There are plenty of places to eat close to the  the location

Both Winnetka and Wilmette villages of a variety of wonderful places to eat within a short drive to the MIC campus.

Housing options 
Please email Avi Friedlander if you need recommendations on housing.  Hotels in Wilmette, Evanston and near Old Orchard mall are all within driving distance. 

Places include (but are not limited to):

  • Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel

  • Staybridge Suites Chicago Glenview

  • Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Wilmette/Skokie

  • Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago Northshore/Skokie

  • Extended Stay America Chicago/Skokie

  • Conference CenterDoubletree by Hilton Chicago/Northshore 

  • Hilton Orrington Evanston 

  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Northshore/Evanston

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