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Susquehanna University Orchestral Summit and Mini-Tour 
July 7-13, 2024

For High School string players, nominated to serve as "ambassadors" by their directors

• Learn string orchestral literature in SU's welcoming music facility:  Selinsgrove, PA

• Experience Washington, DC and Hershey Park

• Perform at host high schools on the road:  Alexandria, VA and Hershey, PA

• Return to SU for final performance

Co-Directors Zachary Levi & Jennifer Sacher WIley
a new initiative of the Susquehanna University music department

in consultation with our esteemed colleagues 
Advisory Board
Brian Buterbaugh • Michael Gamon • Veronica Jackson • LaShae Willits

Mission:  The Susquehanna University Orchestra Summit & Mini-Tour seeks to increase opportunities for cross-cultural connections among young orchestral musicians.  With music as a connecting language for scholarship and performance, the summit of students and directors is an oasis for intensive orchestral playing and thoughtful communication, promoting cultural empathy and musical growth. The resulting orchestra, encompassing musical ambassadors from participating organizations, will provide a mini-touring experience to major metropolitan areas of the northeast for young musicians.


Schedule & Fees

Sunday, July 7- Saturday, July 13, 2024

Cost per student: $875* 

Susquehanna University

Sunday, 7/7 Arrival, rehearsal

Monday & Tuesday 7/8-7/9

Rehearsals, Seminars, Classes

On the Road

Wednesday, 7/10

Washington DC touring & fun

Evening rehearsal

Overnight in Alexandria, VA


Thursday, 7/11

Concert: Alexandria High School

Rehearsal & overnight in Hershey

Friday, 7/12

Concert: Hershey Area High School

Fun in Hershey Park

Susquehanna University

Friday, 7/12

Overnight in dorms

FInal party & rehearsal

Saturday, 7/13

Farewell concert


* Includes all but two meals on tour, FInancial aid available for students who demonstrate need

Director Form:  Student Nominations

Thanks for submitting!

Directors, do you have students who would benefit from and contribute to this program?

We're looking for string players who have demonstrated solid musicianship, excellent citizenship--  students who enjoy meeting musicians of all cultural backgrounds and recognize music's potential  for bringing people together.

Nominate up to 5 players (of any instrument).  We'll take it from there!

Questions?  contact Jennifer Sacher Wiley: or Zach Levi:

Our Directors at SU and in the Community

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