New Year, New Location!! Registration opening soon for summer music camp.

Make Some Noise! Lamar Stringfield Summer Music Camp

Experience music in a different way. Join us this summer

Session 1: June 8-14, 2019* 

Session 2: June 16-21, 2019

* Will not conflict with Wake County public school.

About Us


Come Join Us!

The Lamar Stringfield Music day camp is a place where we love children through music. Our campers become family in the one or two  weeks of camp held in Raleigh NC. 

Students range from 6-18 years old.  Instruction is for string, as well as select wind, brass, piano, and  percussion players. Students with a minimum of one year of study up  through advanced level players can participate in orchestras, technique  classes, sectional rehearsals, theory classes, chamber music ensembles,  electives, mini concerts, seminars, and concerts.


Always Something Going On

 Placement in an orchestra level determines the schedule and course offerings for  campers. There are varied levels of orchestras: Mozart Music Makers String  Orchestra, Haydn String Orchestra, the Honors Symphonic Orchestra which includes  winds and percussion (Session One) and the Beethoven Honors Orchestra  (Session Two). 

The Honors Division, directed by Elizabeth Beilman offers specialized instruction in high level chamber music and orchestral studies as well as related topics.  See the Honors Division tab for more information.

Camp classes start Sunday afternoon and conclude before noon on Friday of each week.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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Our Team

Our Founder


 Phyllis Garriss founded the summer music camp in 1979. Garriss felt strongly that music in the Wake County schools should be given full support by the community and wanted to work with the school teachers to build on the progress made in their school-year programs. It is still a primary mission of LSMC, whose faculty includes Wake County music educators. The camp also provides scholarships every summer to those in need.  Please click on the picture to read Ms. Garriss' full bio. 

President and Executive Director


 Margaret is a professional violinist, teacher and freelance musician who  enjoys teaching both traditional and Suzuki students in private and  group settings. Garriss holds professional memberships with the American String  Teacher’s Association, The Musician’s Association Local 500, The Music  Teachers National Association, Music Educators National Conference, The  Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Raleigh Music Club, Sigma Alpha  Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Please click on the picture to read Miss Garriss' full bio. 

Honors Program and Camp Director


Elizabeth Beilman  joined the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and serves as the  orchestra’s Associate Principal Cello. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of North Carolina Chamber Music Institute  and Director of the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp. She also  maintains a thriving private cello studio.  Please click on the picture to read Ms. Beilman's full bio. 

Honors Program and Camp Co-Director


Kirsten Jermé  is Co-Director of Lamar Stringfield Music Camp. She is on faculty at the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, the North

Raleigh School of Music, and the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop,  Please click on the picture to read  Miss Jermé's  full bio.


Wind Program


Jimmy Gilmore is an Assistant Executive Director of North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, a faculty member of Duke University and Meredith College, Mr. Gilmore has appeared many times as a concerto  soloist with the North Carolina Symphony and performed throughout the Southeast.   He has been a constant champion for Lamar Stringfield Summer Music Camp. Please click on the picture to read Mr. Gilmore's full bio. 

Mozart Music Makers


Ashley Kovacs currently performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony and various other ensembles in the triangle area. She is private teaching in order to have more time with her two children Abigail and Declan.  Please click on the picture to read Mrs. Kovacs full bio. 

Haydn Strings

Shelley Livingston picture and bio

 Shelley Livingston is Conductor of the Duke University String School Youth  Symphony Orchestra.  She  is recognized for her many contributions to the  arts, both locally and internationally.  Please click on the picture to read Miss Livingston's full bio.

Honors Symphonic Orchestra


Marilyn Seelman is the conductor and music director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta which under her leadership have performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Piccolo Spoleto, the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai, China. She maintains an active viola studio, adjudicates festivals, conducts and gives clinics throughout the United States.  Please click on the picture to read Dr. Seelman's full bio.