North Carolina

July 27-31, 2020
(Orientation July 26)


"I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done this week.  It was an inspirational camp, and I learned a lot.  I definitely rode the bus home last night with a head full of music." - Masha Wasilewsky (Teacher Training Course)

"It's really a breath of fresh air for Joshua from the often more restrictive classical music training.  Thank you again for having this string camp." – Jen Wang (Parent)

"Thanks again for another great week of camp. We just bought tickets to your Sunday show in Seattle - we are excited to see you guys again so soon! We got the beautiful violin home all safely and she is just loving it. She can't wait to show her teacher." - Dawn Klinghoffer (Parent)

“As a parent of two kids who are finishing their second year of O’Connor Camp, I have now listened to songs such as Boil ‘em Cabbage Down and Buffalo Gals dozens of times over.  I realized that I don’t get tired of hearing them and my kids don’t get tired of playing them and, in fact, the joy of hearing these songs over and over only grows.  This is the magic of the songs Mark O’Connor has collected in his method books and leads the camp jam sessions with a look of satisfied delight.” - Hugh Morris (Parent)

“As I listened to fifty kids and teachers sitting in a circle each playing Oh Susanna to the best of their ability I thought: as we head into the next computer age of artificial intelligence, there is no way a computer would be able to craft such a song.  Creativity will remain the domain of humans.  The emotional content of the songs Mark O’Connor has brought together in his method makes all who are within earshot feel alive and happy.” - Hugh Morris (Parent)

"I had a really fantastic time, thank YOU for the amazing work you put into making this a fabulous camp. I love the O'Connor Method!! An incredible violin method, I recommend it 1000% to all string teachers out there. Wonderful tunes which have been going around in my head since our O'Connor Method camp last week. Fun, creative, keeping American music alive, and bringing back the violin in a powerful way into our kid's lives - and parents too! Thank you to Mark & Maggie for organizing this fabulous time which I enjoyed so much, and to all our great teachers & the whole O'Connor Band who inspire me so much, and to my totally awesome students- you are amazing!!!" - Daisy Jopling (Faculty)

"Wonderful week at the Mark O'Connor Teacher Training Method Camp! Learning, jamming and making new friends, what else can you ask for?!" - Angelita Eugenia J (Teacher Training Course)

“Dear Mark & Maggie, I just wanted to say thanks again for your extremely generous spirits and for all that you did this week for all the kids (& adults) in the camp. My nephew, James London is a Suzuki kid, and had not learned any O'Connor method rep until a few days before camp. He really enjoyed the camp, learned a great deal, and made new friends.  It was a real joy for me to watch the absolutely wonderful way you both interacted with the kids and created such an amazing vibe. I have quickly become a huge supporter of your Method and all you are trying to do. Please let me know if I can ever be of any assistance to you down the road (I'm a pianist/composer) Thanks again." - Rich Campbell (Chaperone)

 "Mark & Maggie, I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of something so special, enjoyable and important. I have believed in this idea since you first introduced it to me (that's why I immediately incorporated in in my program) however after this week and seeing its effect on such a diverse group of students and teachers, I now have an even greater understanding of its scope and the possibilities it possesses for our future. I started this week knowing about the method and how it worked. I came out of this week completely inspired by the possibilities that lie ahead for string education, the role of American music, and what it will do for generations going forward. I came in ready to work with music and string students, I came out with the knowledge of the Love, Caring, Goodness and Joy your work will bring to us and to the future generations of musicians in this country and around the world. You don't deserve just thanks you deserve a medal! With the deepest and most sincere appreciation and Thanks!" - James E Duncan (Faculty)

“Wow, y'all. I have just experienced one of the most soul satisfying experiences of my musical career. Having worked with the Divine Duo Mark and Maggie O'Connor and a stellar staff and student body at the MOC Strings Summer Camp, my life has been incredibly enhanced. My heart has been deeply touched and my spirit profoundly moved at the love and support that I experienced there. The music that inhabited the walls of the school was exhilarating to hear. Oh, and the talent was off the chain! Chile, even my littles were amazing at four and five years old! Major props to my fellow fiddle felicific facilitators. Collectively we have changed the world one fiddle at a time. God bless each one that played, taught and listened to the music that the O'Connor Method presented. I am a happy Pammie!" - Pamela Hamilton (Faculty)

“That was fun — and so memorable. I’m still singing all those amazing tunes. So many amazing moments.” - Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin (Faculty)

"I just have to say this past week at the O'Connor Method String Camp was one of the best music experiences I've had! Aside from all the jamming and recitals and meeting and making new friends, it was exciting to see all the young talent out there and how the exuberance of playing all the fun American music was electric and just sparked excitement everywhere! So many great faculty members, and students, had such great spirits and the love for what we were doing was contagious. I feel like I was able to really be a part of a legacy and help leave a mark on people's lives. I'm happy and excited, and already can't wait to do it again next year!" - Joe Smart (Faculty)

"If there's anything that's able to bring people together and conquer the hate in this world, it's music. I will do my absolute best to help Daniel's family in honoring his memory and standing up for what matters. I am so overwhelmed right now as this all sinks in. Thank you so much to the Mark O'Connor Method Camp and the Daniel Pearl Foundation. My heart is so full as I stare at this incredible instrument and all that it stands for." - Katherine Evans (Student and Daniel Pearl violin recipient at the NYC Camp)

"Ronan is still so happy and excited from camp. I had a great time as well. Free concerts every day! And again, I truly appreciate and marvel at the time and effort you both gave for all the kids at camp. You are a remarkable couple of people. And great faculty too!" - Ian Brown (Parent)

"Hi Mark and Maggie, I just wanted to send a BIG thank you for having me at the camp last week. I had a wonderful time and it was amazing to work with kids who are so in love with music. A joy! I hope you two have a wonderful end of summer and thanks again. I had a blast! Congratulations on an amazing enterprise!" - Isabel Fairbanks (Faculty)

"Dear Maggie and Mark, I wanted to thank you again for giving me and my students the wonderful opportunity of last week. I personally enjoyed every moment I spent there and definitely learned lots of useful and new things for my teaching, which will be definitely improving my work after this week! My students who also attended couldn't believe was such a new and different opportunity for them. I'm so happy they were able to come and I can't wait to see their development. Again, I'm very grateful for all you're doing." - Leonor Falcón (Teacher Training Course)

"Still trying to come down after a most exciting and educational week at Mark and Maggie O'Connor's Fiddle camp with the fiddle babes (who won't put down their fiddles still!). On second thought, we'll stay up! Thank you to all of the talented, supportive, generous-spirited teaching artists!" ‪- Tandum Lett (Student)

"Coming to the end of what has been my 15th time teaching at Mark O'Connor's fiddle camps. And each year, I marvel at the creativity, joy, & artistry pouring out of every room. Thanks to Mark, Maggie, the fabulous faculty, & the stellar students for a terrific week!" - Sara Caswell (Faculty)

"It was a really amazing experience for me sharing so many great moments and to have played music with so many amazing people. Thank you for providing those memorable moments." - Raimundo Nilton Silva (Teacher Training Course)

"I wanted to send my thanks for a wonderful week of music at the Mark O’Connor Method Camp. I had a wonderful time and learned so much! I’ve already begun to incorporate tunes from the duo book into our fiddle group’s set list and I had a blast sharing your newest videos with all my classes today. What better way to create inspiration and passion within my students than by starting off the school year with you performing for all of them via the internet? I wish you could have been there to see their faces as they took in your playing. Thank you for caring and for giving so much to the music world, especially the world of string education." - Darcy Radcliffe (Teacher Training Course)