Mission Statement

The Summer Strings Academy for Girls is an educational summer festival for female-identifying string students. The SSAG is dedicated to creating a safe space to uplift, empower, and inspire young women. Through private lessons and master classes with world-class artists, concerts, workshops and seminars, the SSAG strives to ignite a shift in the world of classical music education by providing our students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary for navigating this male-dominated industry.


Master Class Guest Artists

Weekly Workshops

Concert Series

Violinist Melanie Riordan

A Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome to the Summer Strings Academy for Girls! My name is Melanie, and I’m delighted that you’ve found your way here. The SSAG was born out of my passion for music education and a great need for gender representation in the classical music industry. I began my musical journey at the age of four and have had many amazing teachers throughout my life. While they all played a significant role in my development, the most impactful, influential, and inspiring of those teachers have all been women. Their level of dedication, genuine empathy, and passion have made me who I am today as a violinist, educator and human being. The world needs a safe space for female-identifying classical musicians to study, thrive and bond.

Violinist Melanie Riordan

Inclusivity Statement

The Summer Strings Academy for Girls is a festival designed to empower Women. That said, the SSAG is happy to welcome any non-binary or gender non-conforming applicants who are interested in the program and are comfortable with being in a strong female environment.