2024 – A Sneak Preview
Check out these exciting 2024 summer music camps and programs you can apply for now! Additional programs to be added through Spring.
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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
2023 Geographical Listings (U.S. & International)
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Idyllwild Arts Summer Teen Programs
Focus: Songwriting + all instruments including jazz, symphony, chamber, piano. Proficiency level varies by workshop. Instrumental Artist’s Intensive: Private lessons, masterclasses, coaching.
Dates: Vary by program, between June 14 – July 27
USC Summer Musical Theatre
Focus: Voice, movement, acting plus college audition support for rising high school sophomores through seniors. Audition required.
Dates: June 16 – July 13
San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Summer at SFCM
Focus: Technology and Applied Composition Immersive; Guitar Workshop; Vocal Summer Academy; Bass Clarinet Intensive; Harp Camp. Introduction to Music Composition (online only); Computer Assisted Composing (online only).
Dates: Vary by program; June – July
CU Boulder College of Music High School Summer Music Academy
Focus: Band, orchestra and piano options for grades 9-12.
Dates: June 16 – 20
CU Denver LYNX Camps – Ableton Live/Audio Production Program
Focus: Mixing, mastering & recording; music production.
Dates: June 10 – 14
CU Denver LYNX Camps – Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry: songwriting, contemporary performance, music business, recording arts. Residential & commuter options.
Dates: June 16 – 28
Focus: Strings, piano, winds, brass, percussion, guitar, voice, composition. Intermediate through advanced, audition required.
Dates: June 20 – July 3
FSU Summer Music Camps
Focus: Choral Ensemble & Treble Choir; Jazz Ensemble; High School and Middle School Band Camps; Piano Institute; String Orchestra; Marching Band Leadership.
Dates: Vary by program; between June 9 – July 6
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Music Clinic
Focus: Immersive music experience for grades 8-12. Orchestra, concert bands, jazz bands with electives in conducting, composition, improvisation, theory, leadership.
Dates: June 16 – 22
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Focus: Classical, popular, jazz, and voice/opera programs for all instruments. Beginner to advanced, audition required for select programs. For students from grades 3-12.
Dates: 1-6 week programs between June 15 – August 4
MPulse Performing Arts Institutes at University of Michigan
Focus: Programs and institutes for strings, clarinet, flute, harp, jazz, percussion, saxophone, tuba/euphonium, musical theatre, vocal arts.
Dates: Vary by program, between mid-June and end of July.
The Walden School 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 15-23 Location: Dublin, New Hampshire
Focus: Composition, musicianship, improvisation, chorus, electronic music, performance. For ages 9-18, beginners to advanced musicians, and all interested in creating new music.
Dates: June 29-August 4 Location: Dublin, New Hampshire
Eastman Community Music School
Focus: Keyboard workshop; wind ensemble.
Dates: Keyboard: July 8-12; wind ensemble: July 22 – 26
IC Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College
Focus: Orchestral, vocal, wind ensemble (band) and jazz programs plus college prep and electives for students entering grades 10-12. Band, orchestra and voice programs for intermediate students.
Dates: July 14 – 27 high school; July 28 – August 3 intermediate
Long Lake Camp for the Arts
Focus: Private lessons, vocals, rock bands, orchestras, jazz, singing, songwriting, ensembles, guitar, performances. All levels accepted.
Dates: Three 3-week sessions; two 6-week sessions; one 2-week session. Between June-August
MSM Summer (Manhattan School of Music)
Focus: Musical theater; composition & instrumental. For students ages 8 – 17.
Dates: July 8 – August 1, musical theatre; July 15 – August 1, composition & instrumental.
Focus: Instrumental; vocal; piano; chamber music. Video submission required; intermediate skill level.
Dates: Vary by program, from June through August
UNCSA Music Summer Intensives
Focus: American Harp Academy; composition/music technology intensive; piano intensive; pipe organ intensive; strings violin adventure; voice intensive; International Chamber Music Academy (Germany)
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July
CCM (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)
Focus: Summer jazz academy for grades 5-12; musical theatre intensive; wind intensive; jazz intensive.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July.
Carnegie Mellon University
Focus: For high school sophomores and juniors wanting to learn what it’s like to major in music in college. Instrumental performance; vocal performance; composition; music technology/electronic music. Private studio lessons, major performing ensembles, and music support courses with college audition prep.
Dates: June 22 – August 3
Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival
Focus: All instruments. Orchestra, ensemble, chamber, piano. Solo performance and competition opportunities; audition prep. Electives (conducting, choir, composition, sight-reading, music theory, ear training, music industry, history of sacred music) and day trips. Private lessons, master classes and faculty recitals with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Dates: June 15-28; July 13-26
Susquehanna University Summer Pre-College Program
Focus: Wind ensemble institute; choral institute; music production; orchestra summit; entrepreneurship institute.
Dates: Vary by program – between late June and July
Wells School of Music at West Chester University
Focus: Large and small ensembles including wind ensemble, string orchestra, chorus, flute ensemble, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, double reed ensemble, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble and vocal ensemble.
Dates: July 8 – 13
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Find the Best Summer Music Programs!
Answer these questions to help figure out which summer music programs will best serve you:
1. What do you want from a summer music program? Check as many as appropriate. This will help you clarify what to look for to best meet your needs.
- 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.
- Improve 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? Are you willing to audition if necessary 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 best see your needs. Check the colorful banner ads AND the geographical listings.
1. Performing arts camps
- Take lessons and get practice and performance opportunities in a well-rounded summer experience.
- Meet other musicians wanting a strong music program within a full camp experience.
- 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.
- Do some traveling while you’re away.
Summer Camp and Program Jobs for College Students
More job opportunities to come – keep checking back!
Walden School (New Hampshire)
Long Lake Camp for the Arts (New York)