Sabina Strings

Summer camps for string players

News for Summer 2022

We are sorry that circumstances don’t allow us to run our residential Sabina Strings camp in San Rafael this summer. However, Cathy Allen and Marion Crombie are offering three days of non-residential ensemble coaching in El Cerrito, July 11 - 13. We hope to see many of our String Camp friends there.

Sabina Strings provides an opportunity to gain ensemble experience and enjoy an intensive musical retreat in northern California

The camp was created especially for beginning and intermediate adult string players (violin, viola, and cello).

Sabina Strings is fortunate to be hosted by the Santa Sabina Center, which is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.

Santa Sabina Center is a beautiful and serene retreat in San Rafael with easy access to the freeway. It was built in 1939 and is complete with tudor-gothic architecture, an inner courtyard garden, a lovely chapel that seats 40-60, a conference room and multiple break-out spaces for quartets or individual practice, including a straw bale hut and a yurt. The center is all in one building with the bedrooms upstairs and all shared spaces downstairs around the courtyard.

Accommodation options include single or shared rooms, with bathrooms and showers down the hall, or campers may commute and include a meal package.

Please visit for descriptions of the Santa Sabina Center.


We offer coaching in chamber music groups and larger ensembles, warm-up and winding-down sessions, rhythm and other classes, and a concert by visiting guest artists. Music is mailed out in advance.

Body Mapping and Alexander Technique will inform much of what we do, encouraging awareness of playing our instruments with freedom of movement, and learning how to deal with the excitements and stresses of performance in a supportive situation.

There is so much love and patience from the coaches at camp, and so many people to love and cheer on! During these difficult times around the world and here in the US, being together in a community of people who work together to create music collaboratively is inspiring and challenging and ultimately wonderful.