Emerald Isle String Haven
A String Camp for Adult Students


Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28, 2019


Colombiere Retreat Center, Clarkston, MI


Colombiere Conference Center

Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston, MI

Please email Jamie Fiste for a registration form

Please let us know a little of your experience on your instrument.
It helps us plan for the camp and ensure the camp is a good fit for you!



We are pleased to announce our 6th annual string camp for adult students of the violin, viola, and cello taking place at the Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston, MI from Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28, 2019.

Are you an amateur, adult student of the violin, viola, or cello looking for a place to focus on developing your string skills in an encouraging yet highly instructive environment? Then our string camp is just the place for you!

Colombiere Conference Center makes for a wonderful retreat from the daily distractions of life so you can focus on your skills as a string player. Our goal is that, under the guidence of experienced and devoted teachers, you will leave the camp (or "Haven" as we prefer to call it!) inspired, enriched, and having gained useful skills and knowledge to help you progress on your instrument. We are here to help you become better players!

The retreat center is situated about halfway between Detroit and Flint, MI off I75.



Here is a short video about the retreat center,



Please email Jamie Fiste for a registration form

Please let us know a little of your experience on your instrument.
It helps us plan for the camp and ensure the camp is a good fit for you!


String Faculty

Jamie Fiste cellist

Jamie Fiste is Associate Professor of Cello at Central Michigan University. An active recitalist and chamber musician, his performance engagements have taken him to Hungary, France, Spain, and Germany. An avid collaborator, Dr. Fiste currently performs in the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany and was Co-Artistic Director for the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Plymouth, MA from 2001-2007, where he also performed with artists of international stature. He has frequently performed in the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series in Boston, Massachusetts, with players from the Boston Symphony and faculty from Boston University. Dr. Fiste has also performed at the Music Festival of Arkansas and Hot Springs Music Festival and was a prizewinner in the Rolland String Competition, Cello Society Competition, the University of Illinois Undergraduate and Graduate Concerto Competitions. He was also a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Providence, RI. Dr. Fiste studied with Laurien Laufman and Karen Buranskas and participated in master classes with Janos Starker and Fritz Magg.


Takeshi Abo violinist

Born in Nara, Japan, Takeshi Abo started playing the violin at the age of five. Since then, his violin career has resulted in recitals and concerto performances in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Abo also enjoys an active performing schedule in Michigan where he is Concertmaster of the Alma, Battle Creek, and Midland Symphony Orchestras. He has also played as Concertmaster with a number of orchestras throughout Michigan and has given numerous concerto performances throughout the state as well. A highly sought after teacher, Dr. Abo has been on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and served as Assistant Professor of violin/viola at Central Michigan University. Currently, he is on the faculty at Alma College and Albion College. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan and continued his study at Michigan State University in 1995. He earned both master’s and the doctoral degrees at Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Robert Dan, Joseph Fuchs and Misako Kameda.


Karel Abo violinist

Karel Abo, violinist, currently serves as Associate Concertmaster with the Midland Symphony Orchestra. An active performer in Michigan, Ms. Abo also plays with the Lansing Symphony, the Alma Symphony, and other symphony orchestras throughout the state. Ms. Abo is an active recitalist and chamber musician who is frequently invited as a guest artist at faculty recitals, concerts, and music conferences at universities and colleges. Besides an active performer in Michigan, Ms. Abo has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, including prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and St. Luke's Cathedral. Ms. Abo maintains a private studio in Lansing, Michigan and is on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Many of her private students have been accepted into prestigious music schools such as University of Michigan and Cleveland Institute of Music and have gone on to become successful music educators and performers. Ms. Abo received her bachelor degree in violin performance at Michigan State University. Her primary teachers have been Robert Dan and Andrew Jennings.


David Holland viola instructor

David Holland has been with Central Michigan University since 2009 and has been Instructor of Viola at the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1973. He began training with his father in Toledo, Ohio. He then studied at the Indiana University School of Music and the Ohio University School of Music. He is a founding member of the Aurora Quintet and has performed with the New World, Stradivari and Interlochen string quartets. While serving as the resident violist, coordinator of the string chamber music curriculum, and conductor of the string orchestra at Interlochen, Mr. Holland has held visiting professorshi​ps at the University of Iowa, Ohio University, and South Dakota State University. He has had summer faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, and Southern Methodist University. He is currently on the faculty at the Quartet Program located at Bucknell University in Lewisberg, PA. Recently he presented viola master classes at the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.


Please email Jamie Fiste for a registration form

Please let us know a little of your experience on your instrument.
It helps us plan for the camp and ensure the camp is a good fit for you!



Adult students at Emerald Isle String Haven Camp


Sample String Camp Schedule

8:00 AM: Breakfast in Dinning Hall

9:00 AM: Warm ups (without instruments)

10 AM - 10:50 AM: Fingerboard geography/position work. A great opportunity to venture into the uncharted regions of the fingerboard!

11 AM - 11:50 AM: Technique class. Topics will include vibrato, tone production, string crossings, and the like. Another great opportunity to learn or fine tune your technique!

12 PM - 1:30: Lunch in Dinning Hall

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Chamber music rehearsals and coachings. It is important to balance all the technique with actual music making. Apply what you have learned in your technique classes and make some music with other campers in duets, trios, or quartets!

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Music theory class!

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Free time/lessons/chamber music coachings/practice. Take this time to have a lesson, get a chamber music coaching with an instructor, practice, or just relax and process all the information gained!

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: String Orchestra. More music making! We will join forces with all the campers and faculty and work through some string orchestra literature!

6:00 PM: Dinner in Dinning Hall

7:30 PM: Faculty Open Rehearsal in Chapel. See how professionals rehearse chamber music!


Emerald Isle String Haven Cost

The cost of to attend the Emerald Isle String Haven is surprisingly reasonable. The following costs cover everything: room and board (Includes 5 nights, 14 meals), all the classes, chamber music coachings, string orchestra, open rehearsals, and the final concert. There is also a lower fee if you would rather be a commuter (see below).

Private lessons will be an additional $40 an hour or $20 a half hour.

The dinning hall accommodates vegetarians and vegans.

If you choose a room without a private bath, shower facilities do include private shower stalls.

Single with private bathroom: $675

Single without private bathroom: $665

If you have a spouse, partner, or family staying with you, a double/triple room with bath may be available. Please email us for availability

Commuters: $492 + meals (Breakfast $6.00, Lunch $9.00, Dinner $11.00)

NOTE: All reservations need to be made through The Emerald Isle String Haven.

Please email Jamie Fiste for a registration form

Please let us know a little of your experience on your instrument.
It helps us plan for the camp and ensure the camp is a good fit for you!


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