About ISMI



July 6-13, 2024 

College of Music, University of North Texas

Welcome to the International Summer Music Institute at UNT! Now in our 9th season, ISMI (formerly Summer String Institute) is open to string players (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and piano students. Our internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists are excited to welcome you for eight fun and music-filled days at the UNT College of Music in Denton, TX. Students will experience private lessons, chamber music, chamber orchestra, masterclasses, faculty concerts, and performance opportunities. We look forward to seeing you at UNT in July 2024. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for current updates! For more information and questions, please contact music.camps@unt.edu or (940) 369-6541.

Best wishes,

Daphne Gerling,

Features Of Our Program
ISMI offers a truly unique experience including private lessons tailored to the individual needs of each student. In addition to lessons, chamber music and orchestra provide a platform for students to hone communication skills and gain high-level performance experience. ISMI is open to pre-college and university-aged students with age and level-appropriate instruction. Cost-effective tuition, housing, and meals make our institute an affordable option, and limited financial aid is available. All events are on UNT campus and within a five-minute walk to the dormitories and cafeterias.

Join us for a truly wonderful musical experience on the UNT campus!



There is no audition required for acceptance into the program. Instead, to evaluate your skills on your instrument and place you appropriately into a chamber group and/or orchestra, you will be asked to upload two videos of you playing before submitting the application. Each must include audio and video and should be no longer than five minutes. Placement video requirements for each instrument can be found here https://ismi.music.unt.edu/audition.


  • May 25 – Registration Deadline
  • May 25 – Final Payment Deadline


  • Tuition - $690 (includes workshop t-shirt & $100 non-refundable registration fee)
  • Boarding (optional) – Participants staying on campus will arrive Saturday, July 6 and depart Saturday, July 13 following the final performances. Boarding includes housing, meals, and parking.
    • MINORS: Double room w/ shared bath - $470
    • ADULTS: Single room w/ shared bath - $470
  • Commuter Meal Plan (optional) - $150 (lunch and dinner only)
  • Commuter Parking Permit (optional) - $15
  • Concerto Competition (optional) - $35


  • $250 deposit is due at the time of registration (includes $100 non-refundable registration fee)


*To complete final registration and remit final payment please log into your Acceptd account and select "continue application."

  • Remaining tuition and optional boarding and commuter fees
    • If you have not paid in full by this date and have not emailed music.camps@unt.edu, we will assume you do not plan to participate and will not hold your spot.


  • By March 1 - $100 discount
  • By April 1 - $50 discount
    • In the Final Registration stage (after completing the application), select “yes” to the question “Would you like to pay for the full tuition up front?” by the deadlines above and automatically receive the early bird discount.


  • Residential
    • Request by May 15 – Full refund less $100 (non-refundable registration fee)
    • Request by June 1 – Full refund less $250
    • Request by June 15 – Full refund less $500
      • No refund requests will be honored after June 15
    • Commuter
      • Request by May 15 – Full refund less $100 (non-refundable registration fee)
      • Request by June 1 – Full refund less $175
      • Request by June 15 – Full refund less $250
        • No refund requests will be honored after June 15
  • No refunds will be made should a participant be dismissed from the workshop for violating UNT policy or workshop rules provided on the first day.
  • The reason for these policies and deadlines is that the number of staff who must be hired and trained varies according to the expected enrollment which is determined by the number of participants who commit during the registration process.

8:00am - Breakfast (for those staying on campus)
8:30am - Drop off (for those commuting)
8:40am - Announcements
8:45am - Orchestra
10:30am - Lessons
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Ensembles/masterclasses
3:00pm - Lessons
4:30pm - Chamber ensemble coachings
6:30pm - Dinner
7:30pm - Concert/clinic/recreational activity
9:00pm - Pick up (for those commuting)
10:00pm - Lights out (for those staying on campus)

Additional questions? Please contact music.camps@unt.edu or (940) 369-6541.