2019 Summer Music Programs
How to Get Started
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2. Guidance for students and parents: How to Choose a Summer Music Program.
3. Job opportunities for college students: Summer Jobs Section.
2019 Geographical Listings by State + International
(additional programs will be added regularly through Spring 2019)
Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia (Spain)
Focus: Three-week opera study for undergraduates and recent graduates. Voice major not required.
Dates: June 2-22
The Ingenium Academy International Music Summer School (London, UK)
Focus: Orchestra, vocal, piano, saxophone, conducting, composition, chamber music.
Dates: July 14-Aug.11
Oberlin in Italy
Focus: Four-week intensive opera training program in Tuscany for pre-professional singers. Includes private lessons, coaching, master classes, language study, performance. Two fully-staged operas, also opera scenes performance.
Dates: July 6-Aug. 6
Performing Arts Abroad music (Various Countries)
Focus: Music programs abroad; all instruments and areas of study.
Dates: Rolling start dates, May to August
Pacific Region Int’l Summer Music Academy – PRISMA (BC, Canada)
Focus: Applied music – performance, orchestral conducting, audition training, concerto competition. Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp.
Dates: June 17-19
Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler
Focus: Intensive orchestral program: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, piano. Chamber music, concerto competition, conducting residencies, lessons, master classes. VSO in residence during Institute.
Dates: June 24-July 3
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
Focus: Jazz, classical, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, band, piano performance, songwriting, choral music.
Dates: June 23-August 3
Stanford Summer Arts Institute
Focus: Music; also art history and film.
Dates: Session 1, June 24-July 12; Session 2, July 15-August 2
University of the Pacific Music Camp
Focus: Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Pacific Music Business Camp; Senior Band, Orchestra, Choir Camp; Pacific Music Theatre Camp; Senior Piano Camp.
Dates: 7-day programs June-July, dates TBA
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts
Jazz in the Sangres Arts Camp
Focus: Small group/improv and big band focus, plus master classes, jam sessions, workshops, performances, activities for high school musicians. Horns, drums, piano, guitar, bass, vibes.
Dates: July 23-27
Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Focus: Marching band, clarinet, percussion, organ, piano.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August
CU Denver: LYNX Camp Audio Production/ Ableton Live Program
Focus: Students will work in our recording studios to learn audio production and Ableton Live.
Dates: June 10-14
CU Denver: LYNX Camp Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry – singer/songwriter, recording arts, music business, performance/ensembles. Electives, ensembles, private lessons, guest artists, field trips, concerts.
Dates: June 16-28
Lamont School of Music Summer Academy
Focus: Private Lessons; Master Classes; Chamber Ensembles; Orchestra; Wind Ensemble; Choir; Flex Jazz Ensemble; Music Theatre; Steel Drum Ensemble; Digital Music Making; Conducting; Theory; Collaborative Piano; Alexander Technique; Diction for Singers; Composers’ New Music Workshop; Concerto/Aria Competition. Recreational activities, recitals.
Dates: June 20–July 3
Rafael Méndez Brass Institute
Focus: Brass, chamber music, performance, career development.
Dates: July 7-13
Rocky Ridge Music Center
Focus: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, voice, orchestra, chamber, jazz.
Dates: June 4-16; June 18-July 14; July 16-28; July 30-August 4
University of Colorado Boulder College of Music Summer Academy
Focus: High School Summer Music Academy (band, strings, piano); Summer Jazz Academy.
Dates: Summer Music Academy – June 16-21; Jazz Academy – July 7-12
The Hartt School Community Division
Focus: Meet the Masters jazz instrumental + vocal; Vocal Audition Advantage; Young Composers Project – composing for film.
Dates: Vary by program, between end of June through mid-August.
Florida State University College of Music
Focus: Band Camp, Choral Ensemble Camp, Double Bass Workshop, Guitar Workshop, Honors Chamber Winds Camp, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band Leadership Camp, Piano Camp, Piano Institute, String Orchestra Camp, Tuba and Euphonium Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program, between mid-June through late July
Frost Young Musicians’ Summer Camp
Focus: Classical music, jazz, rock, musical theater and contemporary voice, composition, songwriting.
Dates: Vary by program, July
Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
Focus: CCPA String Camp; CCPA American Music Institute; Chicago Saxophone Institute; Summer Composition Institute; American Culture & Language Institute (for English Language Program (ELP) students)
Dates: vary by program, June through August
Butler University Summer Camps
Focus: Bass Camp (upright); Big-Band Workshop (18+); Jazz Camp (instrumental, vocal); Percussion Camp; Piano Camp; Snare and Tenor Camp; String Scholars Camp; Woodwind Camp.
Dates: Vary by program; June through July
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Focus: Summer Music Academies and Workshops for Piano, Strings, Saxophone, Percussion, Organ, and College Audition Preparation.
Dates: Vary by program, from mid-June through end of July
Focus: Summer Guitar Intensive; Glissando Summer Harp Festival; Peabody Piano Week; Chamber Week; Classical Singers Workshop; Summer Vocal Academy; Creative Composition and Improvisation Intensive.
Dates: Vary by program; June-August
Berklee College of Music – Summer Programs
Focus: Music performance; music production; songwriting and composition; music business; musical theater; opera. All instruments, the full breadth of the music industry, and a range of styles from classical to contemporary. Programs for high school, college, middle school.
Dates: Vary by program, weekend to all summer
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Focus: Alexander Technique Summer Intensive; Opera (see International listing).
Dates: June 11-15 or June 18-22
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)
Focus: Summer music training program for instrumentalists, singers, and composers ages 10-20; a program of BU College of Fine Arts, operating in conjunction with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center
Dates: Vary by program, mid-June through mid-August
Walnut Hill Summer Theatre Program
Focus: 5-week boarding program, ages 13-17, daily classes in acting, musical theater, dance and opportunities to perform.
Dates: June 22-July 21
Interlochen Summer Arts Camp
Focus: Multi-week programs in orchestra and wind symphony; advanced string quartet; harp; composition; organ; piano; voice; jazz; rock; singer-songwriter; musical theatre. 1-week institutes in strings; woodwinds; brass; percussion; piano; musical theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August
University of Michigan MPulse Summer Institutes
Focus: Musical theatre, theatre & drama, dance, flute, harp, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, double bass, jazz, violin, cello, viola, vocal arts.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August
The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat
Focus: Composition, improvisation, choral singing, pedagogy, teacher training, chamber music, contemporary music, performance
Dates: June 15-23
The Walden School Young Musicians Program
Focus: composition, improvisation, choral singing, musicianship, theory, chamber music
Dates: June 29-August 4
Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts
Focus: Chamber music; Music Theory and Ear Training Bootcamp; Summer Jazz Institute; Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Camp; Oboe Reed Making Intensive.
Dates: Vary by program; July through early August
Bard Music Camp
Focus: full day camp, instruction on piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, voice, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, composition, percussion.
Dates: July 8-13
Fredonia Summer Music Festival
Focus: High school band, middle school band, orchestra, choir, solo vocals, strings, concert band
Dates: Program dates vary, end of June through July
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Focus: Musical theatre; vocals; orchestra; jazz; rock and roll. Full camp setting includes water + other sports; dance; art; theatre; circus; magic.
Dates: 3-week sessions June 8-Aug. 25; 1 week session Aug. 25 – Sept. 1
Ithaca College Summer Music Academy
Focus: Jazz, voice, choral, wind ensemble, orchestra
Dates: High School Program (entering 10-12), July 14-27; Middle/Intermediate School Program (entering 7-9), July 28-Aug. 3
Long Lake Camp for the Arts
Focus: Vocal and instrumental camp and rock camp with traditional camp activities.
Dates: Three 3-week sessions starting June 23, July 15 and August 5
Mannes Prep Summer Chamber Intensive
Focus: Chamber ensembles, coaching, sight-reading, master classes, jam sessions.
Dates: August 5-10
MSM Summer (Manhattan School of Music)
Focus: Musical theatre & classical voice; composition, instrumental, & jazz voice.
Dates: Vary by program, July
New York Jazz Workshop Summer Programs
Focus: Improvisation, composition, arranging, vocal, piano, guitar, saxophone, bass +
Dates: Programs vary, June 2 – August 29
Focus: On-campus, residential programs: Classical (Music Horizons); Jazz (Summer Jazz Studies); Cello Institute; Flute Masterclass; Saxophone Institute; Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) Institute; Trombone Institute; Trumpet Institute; French Horn Institute; Organ Academy. All include lessons, theory, master classes, more.
Dates: Vary by program, between June 24-August 2
Syracuse University Summer College
Focus: Acting & musical theatre; sound engineering & audio production.
Dates: June 29-July 19
Bowling Green State University Summer Music Institute
Focus: Strings, vocal, double reed, percussion, saxophone, brass, musical theatre, piano camp. Study with BGSU faculty, guest artists, and experienced college students. For middle and high school students.
Dates: June 16-21 and June 23-28
Oberlin Conservatory Summer Programs
Focus: Baroque Perforomance Institute; Flute Academy; Percussion Institute; Sonic Arts Workshop; Trumpet Workshop; Vocal Academy; Young Composers Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program, between mid-June and July 1
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
Focus: High School Arts Immersion; FortiCCMo Piano Workshop; Jazz Academy; Musical Theatre Workshop; Voice Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program, mid-June-end of June
Oklahoma City University Summer Music Programs
Focus: Musical Theater 10 Day Pre-College Intensive; 4-Week High School Music Theatre Program
Dates: Music Theatre Intensive –– June 26-July 6; High School Music Theatre Program –– June 26-July 28
Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Music
Focus: Immersion in a conservatory environment similar to freshman year. Instrumental, vocal, composition. Lessons, coaching, audition prep.
Dates: Six week or 3 week program; between June 29-Aug 9
Lebanon Valley College
Focus: Concert band, string ensemble, choir, jazz, rock, blues ensemble.
Dates: July 7-12
Penn State School of Music – Honors Music Institute
Focus: Chamber Choir, jazz combo, wind ensembles, piano, music technology.
Dates: July 14-20
Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival (PIMF)
Focus: Symphony orchestra, chamber music, solo performance, piano studies, music theatre, opera, college audition preparation program.
Dates: June 15-28; July 13-26
Belmont University School of Music
Focus: Strings Camp (classical, jazz, rock, Celtic, swing, bluegrass); Winds Band Camp (wind symphony, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, chamber music); Vocal Arts (solo and choral); piano camp (classical or jazz).
Dates: Vary by program, all in June
Eastern Carolina University Summer Band Camp
Focus: Band rehearsals, sectionals, private lessons, musicianship, recreation activities. Jazz track option.
Dates: June 16-21
Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps
Focus: Beginner through advanced instruction in bluegrass and old time: fiddle, banjo, flatpicking guitar, fingerstyle guitar, old time singing, bluegrass singing, bass mandolin, resophonic guitar, songwriting, ukulele, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer.
Dates: Old Time Week, June 9-15; Bluegrass Week, June 16-22
Choose the Best Summer Music Program
First, answer these 6 questions. Then read “Advantages of Different Programs” (below). Now you’re ready to look at all of these programs and see which ones match your criteria to help you choose the best music program for you.
1. What do you want to gain from a summer music program?
- Private lessons with a specific teacher
- Learning to practice more efficiently and effectively
- Opportunities to play or sing in ensembles, orchestras, bands
- Opportunities to perform in musical theatre, operas, or a cappella groups
- Opportunities to learn more about composing
- Opportunities to jam with other students, faculty
- Opportunities to learn about music production
- Opportunities to meet new music friends
- Music theory preparation
- Sight-reading proficiency
- Songwriting proficiency
- Aural skills
- Audition preparation
- Dealing with performance anxiety
- Master classes
- Musical mentors
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. laid back?
- Where in the U.S. – or world?
- Cultural experience + a summer music program?
- Commuter vs. living at the camp or program?
- Learn more about a specific college or conservatory while studying music?
4. What’s your current proficiency level? Willing to audition to be accepted?
5. Length of program
- How long of a program are you able and willing to commit to?
- Which dates are you available?
- Any financial restrictions?
- Will you apply for scholarships and other financial aid if needed? (Note that financial support often requires applying early.)
Advantages of Different Programs
There are a variety of types of summer music programs to consider. Some of these overlap in what they offer.
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.
- Participate in traditional camp activities: 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 might apply.
- Take lessons from faculty you may end up studying with.
- 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 housed 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
Contact these programs to learn more about summer jobs. New opportunities will be added throughout the winter and into the spring.
CCPA Roosevelt (IL)
The Ingenium Academy (UK)