Click on an image above to see more photos from past years' String Retreats

Black Hills String Retreat 
2022  brochures and applications coming soon!


Since 1990, the Black Hills String Retreat has offered young string players, entering grades 5-12, an intensive and varied program under the direction of an outstanding guest faculty in a relaxed and fun environment. String Retreat is held at the Cedar Canyon Camp in Rapid City, South Dakota.  We also provide a day camp for younger students - please scroll down for information about Suzuki Day Camp.


The camp has grown from a weekend workshop for 80 students to a five day camp of over 200 campers. Students are housed in camp cabins and are chaperoned by our volunteer parent staff.


                                                                      String Retreat offers a wide variety of musical                                                                               activities including master classes, orchestra,                                                                               ensemble coaching, and technique classes, as                                                                             well as a number of performing opportunities;                                                                             electives include fiddle, handbells, and penny                                                                               whistle for 4th, 5th & 6th graders and fiddle,                                                                                 handbells, and middle school all-state coaching                                                                           for 7th & 8th graders.

A Release of Liability form is required by Cedar Canyon Camp for each enrolled camper. Please print out and return the form with your String Retreat application. 

On this page, you can download this year's String Retreat brochure, application and liability waiver. Please send your application and liability waiver with your non-refundable deposit to the address printed on the application.

You can also pay yourdeposit, part, or all of your camp fee through PayPal.










Black Hills String Retreat Day Camp is geared to Suzuki students in grades 3 and below. The daily camp schedule includes a group class, a music theory games class, a master class, and a daily recital.  Master class is an individual lesson in a small group setting. Day camp students experience classes with the same high quality clinicians from around the country that teach for the overnight camp. Each student also plays in one of the daily recitals.


Day Camp typically runs from 9:00 - 12:00 each day. Friday is concert day, so there is a Suzuki concert rehearsal after morning classes, bring-your-own picnic lunch, followed by a showcase concert of each group's accomplishments.

For complete information, please download this year's day camp brochure, liability waiver form and application. You may also make a deposit or pay the total camp fee here.

Black Hills String Retreat                         Day Camp

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String Retreat Bass choir with Ms. Kate Mathews
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Please enter your camper's name in the special instructions box on the PayPal order form.

Please enter your camper's name in the special instructions box on the PayPal order form.

2021 Liability Waiver
2021 Liability Waiver
Click on an image below to see more photos from 2018 String Retreat