Coming Soon: 2023 Summer Music Camps & Programs
Summer music programs help improve your proficiency, deepen your understanding of music theory, prepare for auditions, and much more. Many of the 2022 programs shown on this page will be offered again in ’23, so you can start checking them out now!
Featured Programs – Summer 2022
Find and click to learn more:
1. Geographical Listings – U.S. and International
2. How to Choose a Summer Music Program – for students and parents
3. Summer Jobs Section – for college students
2022 Geographical Listings by State
Additional programs, including International listings, will be added regularly through Spring 2022.
Leeds Conservatoire Summer Academy (Leeds, England)
Focus: Recording & production; performance (classical, jazz, popular music)
Dates: August 1-5 for both programs
Spoleto Study Abroad (Umbria, Italy)
Focus: 10-day residential summer vocal intensive, portfolio required. For high school and college students. Lessons, coaching, movement, performance, Italian diction, movement/postural alignment, audition prep.
Dates: July 11-20
Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute (Vancouver, Canada)
Focus: Virtual and in-person summer programs for ages 14-28. Young Musicians Program, Chamber Program, Professional Training Program. All orchestra instruments including harp, saxophone; conducting, composition.
Dates: July 4-15
Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival (Lucca, Italy)
Focus: Piano, violin, viola, cello, chamber music
Dates: July 18-31
Amplify Sleep Away Camp
Focus: Tracks focusing on guitar, keyboard, vocals, drums, DJ, photography, music video making/filmmaking, music production/sound engineering, journalism +/or podcasting, skateboarding. For girls and womxn.
Dates: Four 2-week camps from June-August
Coast Music Summer Programs
Focus: Jazz, chamber music, songwriting, production, guitar and voice intensives and musical theatre.
Dates: 8 specialty programs from June 20th through August 19th
Summer Music at Concordia
Focus: Summer Chamber Music Camp; Concordia Summer Piano Camp.
Dates: Chamber Camp: June 20-30; Piano Camp: July 5-15
Idyllwild Arts Summer Teen Programs
Focus: Chamber festival, chamber music, jazz, piano performance, songwriting. In-person with safety precautions in place.
Dates: July 3-30
Los Angeles College of Music
Focus: Vocal performance, production, songwriting, rap, hiphop, music entrepreneurship, composing for visual media, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, music business. All levels.
Dates: Vary by program; 1-3 week programs June-July
Stanford Jazz Institute
Focus: Improvisation, jazz repertoire, arranging, ear training, jazz theory, combo performance. Open to vocalists and instrumentalists.
Dates: July 24-29
Focus: Brass; guitar; harp; technology; composition; voice. Admission by audition.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July
USC Musical Theatre
Focus: Voice, movement, acting plus college audition support for rising high school sophomores through seniors. Audition required.
Dates: June 19-July 16
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA)
Focus: Improvisation & Technique Intensive; Jazz in the Sangres Camp; CCJA Summer Institute.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 6-July 23
CSU Jazz Summer Workshop
Focus: Small group jazz playing & improvisation; jazz history; jazz theory; instrument-specific masterclasses.
Dates: June 9-11
CU Boulder College of Music High School Summer Music Academy
Focus: Band, orchestra, piano. Wind and band ensembles, chamber music, electives.
Dates: June 12-17
CU Denver LYNX Camps – Ableton Live/Audio Production Program
Focus: Audio production, Ableton Live, electronic music. Ages 14-18.
Dates: June 13-17
CU Denver LYNX Camps – Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry: songwriting, contemporary performance, music business, recording arts. Residential & commuter options. Ages 14-18.
Dates: June 19-July 1
Lamont Summer Academy
Focus: Performers and composers study privately, and participate in chamber music, master classes, wind ensemble, orchestra, and modern music groups. Classes also available in theory and musicianship, conducting, music technology, music entrepreneurship and musician wellness.
Dates: June 19-July 2
Rafael Méndez Brass Institute
Focus: Brass (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba), performance career, chamber music. For high school juniors & seniors and beyond.
Dates: July 10-16
Rocky Ridge Music
Focus: Flute oboe, English horn, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, piano, collaborative piano. For advanced and college level students.
Dates: Session 1: May 31-June 12. Session 2: June 14-June 26
Frost Young Musicians’ Camp
Focus: Classical, jazz, rock, voice, music production, songwriting.
Dates: July 5-16
FSU Summer Music Camps
Focus: Choral Ensemble; Treble Choir; Jazz Ensemble; Piano Institute; Senior Band Camp; String Orchestra; Marching Band Leadership.
Dates: Vary by program; from June 12-July 8
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Focus: Master classes in piano, trombone. Classical guitar workshop. Vocal performance intensive. Conducting and wind music symposium.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July
Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
Focus: Flute Symposium of Chicago 2022 (for high school, college & post-grad); Chicago Guitar Festival 2022 (classical, world & jazz guitar for all levels and ages).
Dates: June 9-12
Summer Music at DePaul University School of Music
Focus: Voice, composition jazz, chamber music, music education. For rising high school juniors, seniors, and all levels of undergraduate and graduate students. Working professionals encouraged to apply for music ed workshops.
Dates: Vary by program, late June-August
Wheaton College Summer Institute
Focus: Christian summer music intensive for rising high school juniors and seniors. Immersive performing arts experience with concentrations in string chamber music, vocal, piano, woodwind chamber music, brass chamber music, and percussion. Private lessons, master classes, and performances.
Dates: June 19-July 2
Butler University Summer Camps
Focus: Pre-college camps – upright bass; jazz; percussion; piano; strings; woodwinds.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Music Clinic
Focus: Intensive band and orchestra experience for intermediate to advanced string, wind, and percussion students.
Dates: June 12-18
Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) at Valparaiso University
Focus: Large ensembles for band, choir or orchestra; private lessons; chamber music; musicianship; electives; performance opportunities.
Dates: Full Session – June 26-July 24; Half Session – June 26-July 10
Peabody Preparatory Program at Johns Hopkins
Focus: Allegro Strings; Chamber Week; Guitar Intensive; Peabody Piano Week; Vocal Academy; Wind, Brass, String & Percussion.
Dates: Vary by program; June-August
Berkelee College of Music – Summer Programs
Focus: On-campus and online programs available in areas such as music performance, music business, songwriting, production, and film scoring. Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance intensive.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Focus: On-campus intensives in music composition, voice performance, brass performance, dance, and theater for high school- and college-aged students, as well as professional development programs in vocal pedagogy and Alexander Technique.
Dates: Vary by program, June–August
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)
Focus: Programs for advanced high school students in composition; harp; orchestra; piano; string quartet; voice; wind ensemble; woodwind quintet.
Dates: Vary by program, June 19-August 13
Interlochen Arts Camp
Focus: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Double Bass, Drumset, Electric Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Horn, Keyboards, Music Composition, Music Production and Engineering, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singer-Songwriter, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice. High school, intermediate and junior level intensives.
Dates: June 18-August 7
MPulse Performing Arts Institutes at University of Michigan
Focus: Clarinet; flute; harp; jazz; percussion; saxophone; strings; vocal arts; winds; woodwinds; musical theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 5-July 30
North Shore Summer Music Experience Camp
Focus: Band, jazz, choral, strings or piano with ensembles and electives in music theory, musicianship, and college music preparation. Grades 7-12; residential and commuter options.
Dates: June 19-25
Creative Musicians Retreat
Focus: Composition, musicianship, pedagogy, chorus, electronic music, performance. For ages 18+, early-career musicians, more established professionals and serious amateurs.
Dates: June 11-19
Young Musicians Program
Focus: Composition, musicianship, chorus, electronic music, performance. Ages 9-18, beginners to advanced.
Dates: June 25-July 31
Bard Music Camp
Focus: Instrumental lessons; ensembles; chorus; composition; musicianship. Ages 10-18, beginners through advanced.
Dates: July 11-16
Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University
Focus: Jazz, contemporary rock, symphony and chamber orchestras, wind ensemble, choirs. Composition, conducting, improvisation, musicianship, music production, theory. Private lessons, workshops, guest artists, weekly concerts and recitals, recreation.
Dates: June 26-July 24: 2, 3, & 4-week sessions
IC Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College
Focus: Wind ensemble, string orchestra, vocal division, jazz institute. High school division and intermediate division.
Dates: July 10-23 high school; July 24-30 intermediate
Long Lake Music Camp
Focus: Private lessons, vocals, rock bands, orchestras, jazz, singing, songwriting, ensembles, guitar, performances. All levels accepted.
Dates: Between June 26-August 28: three 3-week sessions; two 6-week sessions.
MSM Summer (Manhattan School of Music)
Focus: Non-residential day program with focused programs in musical theatre, classical instrumental, jazz instrumental and vocal, classical and jazz composition.
Dates: Musical Theatre – July 5-29; Composition, Instrumental & Jazz Voice – July 11-29
NYU Summer Woodwind Programs
Focus: Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies – For high school and undergraduate college students on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and horn. Lessons and classes including reed making and in-home recording and production. Broadway Winds: For advanced high school and college-level woodwind players interested in woodwind doubling. Led by woodwind doublers of current Broadway shows.
Dates: Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies – June 27-July 1; Broadway Winds – July 11-14
Focus: Classical, jazz, cello, flute, French horn, saxophone, trumpet trombone, tuba/euphonium, voice, composition. For intermediate and advanced students. Some programs require audition.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 27-August 5
East Carolina University Summer Programs
Focus: Chamber Music Institute; Band Camp; Choral Workshop; NC Suzuki Institute at ECU; Guitar Festival & Workshop; Piano Festival.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July
UNCSA Music Summer Intensives
Focus: American Harp Academy; Composition/Music Technology Intensive; Piano Intensive; Pipe Organ Encounter; Strings Violin Adventure; Voice Intensive.
Dates: Vary by program, from June-July
Focus: Classical voice, musical theater, songwriting.
Dates: ArtSong & Musical Theater 2: 7/23-8/6 (at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio). Songwriting: 7/11-7/15 (Online).
CCM (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)
Focus: Emerging Composers Workshop; Jazz Academy; Musical Theatre; Making of a Music Major (Band & Choir); Voice Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program; all in June
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Focus: Baroque Performance Institute; Flute Boot Camp; Opera Intensive; Organ Academy; Piano Festival; Sonic Arts Workshops; Trumpet Workshop; Viola Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July
TiffinMusic Songwriting & Music Production Camp
Focus: Songwriting; recording studio production; beat making, vocals; (pop, rock musical theatre); guitar, bass, and drumset; a cappella.
Dates: July 17-21
Look for 2023 programs during Winter/Spring of 2023.
Carnegie Mellon University Online Music Programs
Focus: 3- and 6-week programs (commuter and residential) facilitate musical proficiency while providing the experience of being a college student. Includes private lessons, music theory, Solfege, performance ensembles, music history, Eurythmics, résumé & portfolio workshop, college audition support.
Dates: July 5-22 or July 5-August 12
Honors Institute at Penn State
Focus: High school intensives in chamber choir; composition; jazz combo; music technology; piano; wind ensemble. Audition via video.
Dates: July 17-23
Kutztown University Summer Music Festival
Focus: Piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, percussion. Junior Division: comfortable with playing easy sonatas and etudes; able to read well. Senior Division: college level playing.
Dates: July 2-9
Philadelphia International Music Festival
Focus: All instruments, orchestra, solo, chamber, audition prep. For intermediate to advanced students.
Dates: June 18-July 1; July 16-July 29
Susquehanna University Summer Music Institute
Focus: A one week, residential program for talented high school musicians. Open to all band and orchestral instruments, keyboard players, and singers. Private lessons, master classes, chamber music, music literacy, audition prep and ensemble experiences.
Dates: Check back in Spring 2023 for more information.
University of the Arts
Focus: 3-week Music Industry program and 2-week Music Performance program.
Dates: July 11-29 (Music Industry); July 11-22 (Performance)
West Chester University Summer Music Camps
Focus: WCU High School Summer Music Institute – ensembles for strings, winds, vocal, and chamber. Summer Jazz Camp – performance, improvisation, arranging, orchestration, jazz history. Summer Leadership and Marching Band Camp – focus on drum major, percussion, or leadership.
Dates: Vary by program, July
University of South Carolina School of Music
Focus: Band Summer Clinics; Carolina Summer Music Conservatory for advanced high school students of woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice, piano & strings; String Projects; Musical Theatre Intensive. Private instrument lessons; beginner guitar; professionals conducting. Southeastern Piano Festival.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July
Varna International Music Academy at Coastal Carolina University
Focus: Opera and oratorio; choral music; musical theatre. For college undergraduates, graduates and pre-professionals.
Dates: Vary by program; July-August
Decoda Chamber Music Festival at Lawrence University
Focus: 9th Annual summer intensive for advanced string, woodwind, brass and piano. Daily rehearsals, coaching, private lessons, master classes, and workshops. Performances throughout the Fox Valley.
Dates: July 24-August 5
UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic
Focus: Acapella; band; chamber strings; choir; drumline; fiddle band; gospel choir; hip hop; jazz; musical theatre; orchestra; piano; spoken word; rock band.
Dates: Jr. Session – June 20-25; Senior session – June 26-July 1
How to Find the Best Summer Music Program
First, answer these 7 questions. This will help you create your criteria for determining which summer music programs will best serve you.
1. Which of these do you want from a summer music program? Check as many as necessary.
- Receive private lessons.
- Study with a specific teacher.
- Meet new people to perform and jam and collaborate with.
- Learn to practice more efficiently and effectively.
- Gain opportunities to perform with others.
- Learn to compose.
- Meet music mentors.
- Learn music production.
- Learn music theory.
- Increase sight-reading proficiency.
- Enhance songwriting proficiency.
- Learn aural skills.
- Prepare for auditions.
- Deal with performance anxiety.
- Take master classes.
2. What in addition to music would you like to explore or participate in?
3. What kind of environment do you want to be in?
- Competitive vs. relaxed
- Location: In the U.S.? Where? Outside the U.S.? Where?
- In-person? Residential? Commuter? Virtual?
- Is there a specific school you’d like to learn more about by attending their summer program?
4. What’s your current proficiency level? If needed, are you willing to audition to be accepted?
5. Length of program
- How long of a program can you commit to?
- What dates are you available?
- Any financial constraints?
- Will you apply for scholarships and other financial aid if needed? (Note that financial support often requires applying early.)
7. Other considerations or limitations that will affect your decision?
Advantages of Different Types of Programs
Look at various programs to see which ones match your criteria. Check the colorful banner ads AND the geographical listings.
1. Performing arts camps
- Get lessons, practice, and performance opportunities in a well-rounded summer experience.
- Meet other musicians wanting a strong music program within a full camp experience.
- If possible: participate in traditional camp activities such as water and land sports, hiking, social events, overnight excursions, crafts, etc.
2. Programs on college campuses
- Experience the campus, faculty, and dorms at a school where you may want to apply.
- Take lessons from faculty you may end up studying with – and have them get to know you and give feedback about your proficiency before you audition.
- Meet students who may also end up applying to the school.
- Experience the location – how do you like the area? Would it work to be there for four years?
- Gain college planning and audition skills.
3. Instrument and genre-focused programs
- Immerse yourself in your area of musical focus and passion.
- Meet lifelong friends and mentors in your field.
4. Programs associated with music festivals
- Meet faculty who perform all over the world as well as a select group of students with shared interests.
- If possible: stay on a college campus, see #2 above.
5. International summer music programs
- Immerse yourself in another culture.
- Discover how a different culture informs your playing or singing, your compositions and your arrangements.
- Meet mentors and fellow students from around the world.
Summer Camp and Program Jobs
Summer jobs opportunities will be posted throughout the winter and into the spring as they become available.