Summer Music Camps & Programs

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Plan for Summer Music Camps & Programs – 2017

Thinking about majoring in music? Or need more music in your life? Summer music camps and programs can provide exactly what you need.

And if you’re already pursuing music in college, there are a number of festivals open to you as well as summer jobs at several programs featured on this page (see below – we’ll continue to update the jobs section).

How to Get Started

Click on these links for more information:

1. Music camps and programs Banner Ads and Geographical Listings for programs in the U.S. and abroad.

2. Read suggestions for How to Choose a Summer Music Program.

3. If you’re a college music major looking for a job, find options in the Summer Jobs Section.


2017 Geographical Listings by State + International

Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia (Spain)
Focus: Serious opera study for undergraduates and recent undergraduates, voice major not required.
Dates: June 25-July 15

Music & Culture Summer Camp – The Reina Sofia School of Music at Madrid (Spain)
Focus: Summer camp of music and culture to study instruments, musical theory, choir and languages.
Dates: July 10-24

Film Scoring Summer Program (Varna, Bulgaria/shores of the Black Sea)
Focus: Composing for film, TV and visual media.
Dates: July 1-24

HfM Saar Summer School (Germany)
Focus: Choir, singers, conductor, strings.
Dates: Sept 3-9

The Ingenium Academy International Music Summer School (London, UK)
Focus: Orchestral, vocal, choral, instrumental, piano, saxophone, conducting.
Dates: July 23-Aug. 13

Leeds College of Music (UK)
Focus: Short courses in music theatre; opera; music theory; audio recording; jazz improvisation; electric guitar.
Dates: Throughout summer.

Oberlin in Italy
Focus: Intensive Italian Opera Training Program in Tuscany (for singers, pianists, instrumentalists, conductors, stage directors, design & production artists). Includes private lessons, coaching, master classes, language study.
Dates: July 8-Aug. 8

Performing Arts Abroad Music (PAA)
Focus: Music programs abroad; all instruments and areas of study.
Dates: Vary by program and location.

Veneto Jazz Workshop with New School Jazz Faculty
Focus: Instrumental jazz technique lessons, theory, arranging, combo, big band.
Dates: July

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced (Birmingham/Tuscaloosa)
Focus: Advanced organ lessons and classes in organ literature, music theory, improvisation, conducting, service playing.
Dates: June 25-30

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (San Diego)
Focus: Individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing, with a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
Dates: July 16-22

Bocal Majority Double Reed Camps
Focus: Bassoon, Oboe, English Horn, Contrabassoon, Clarinet.
Dates: July 17-22 (N. CA); July 10-15 (S. CA)

FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy
Focus: All orchestra instruments including harp, no piano; intensive private daily lessons and rehearsals.
Dates: June 11-15

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
Focus: Band, chamber music, choir, harp, jazz, orchestra, piano, songwriting.
Dates: Vary by program, June 25-Aug.5

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Summer Programs
Focus: Voice, composition, Gilbert & Sullivan.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Stanford Jazz Workshop
Focus: Jazz, jazz combos, improvisation, all instruments, vocals.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Stanford Summer Arts Institute
Focus: Music theory/music composition.
Dates: June 25 – July 14; July 17-Aug. 5

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 between June 18-July 22

University of Southern California
Focus: Guitar Seminar: Jazz, Rock and Beyond. Includes classical repertoire, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, technique.
Dates: June 18-July 15

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts
Jazz in the Sangres 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 25-29

Colorado Piano Festival
Focus: Piano concerts and masterclasses.
Dates: July 28-30

Colorado State University
Focus: Marching band, clarinet, organ, percussion, piano.
Dates: June

CU Boulder College of Music High School Music Academy, Jazz Academy
Focus: High School Music Academy: Band, orchestra, and piano. Jazz Academy.
Dates: Vary by program, June

CU Denver: LYNX Camp – Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry – singer/songwriter, recording arts, music business, performance/ensembles.
Dates: June 18-30.

CU Denver: LYNX Camp – Advanced Singer/Songwriter Program
Focus: Singer/songwriter, guitar, piano, voice.
Dates: July 31-Aug. 4

Lamont School of Music Summer Academy
Focus: Classical; all instruments including guitar, voice, composition. Private lessons, chamber music, orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, music theatre, music theory, recitals, master classes.
Dates: June 18–July 2

Metropolitan State University of Denver Summer Flute Institute
Focus: Flute study – classes, individual and group coaching.
Dates: June 12-16

Rocky Ridge Music Center
Focus: Classical programs for all orchestral instruments; composition; voice; piano. Jazz program, music + environment program.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

UNC Jazz Camp
Focus: All jazz rhythm section and horns; bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass.
Dates: July 9-14

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (Hartford)
Focus: Individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing, with a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
Dates: July 16-21

College Audition Advantage
Focus: Voice – classical + musical theatre, audition training
Dates: July 30-Aug. 10

The Hartt School Community Division
Focus: Meet the Masters instrumental jazz; Summer Master Classes (strings, woodwinds, or brass); Summer Musical Theatre Intensive; Young Composers Project.
Dates: Vary by program beginning late June.

Summer on Stage at Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University
Focus: Intensive voice, movement, acting, singing, dancing and audition prep.
Dates: July 10-28

Florida State University College of Music
Focus: Band Camp, Choral Ensemble Camp, Double Bass Workshop, Guitar Workshop, Honors Chamber Winds Camp, Jazz Ensemble Camp, Marching Band Leadership Camp, Piano Camp, Piano Institute, String Orchestra Camp, Tuba and Euphonium workshop.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Frost Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting
Focus: All aspects of songwriting including lyric writing, music biz, digital presence and branding, recording, producing, and video production.
Dates: July 3-14

Frost Young Musicians’ Camp
Focus: Classical music, jazz, rock, musical theater and contemporary voice, and composition.
Dates: July 3-14

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical (Berkeley)
Focus: Hands-on learning the art and craft of pipe organ building, history, design, construction, maintenance. Visit, explore and play a variety of organs; attend concerts.
Dates: July 9-14

Sherrill Milnes VOICE Program
Focus: Voice, opera, song, musical theatre
Dates: Vary by program, July 23-30, Aug. 3-11, Aug. 5-21

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Summer Music Institute
Focus: Classical training in strings, voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, percussion for all ages through college students.
Dates: July 24-Aug. 5

DePaul University Community Music Division
Focus: Summer music lessons in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, composition, theory, conducting.
Dates: July 24-Aug. 5

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Focus: Guitar, horn, oboe, percussion, trombone, trumpet, violin, vocal careers.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Roosevelt Pre-College Summer Intensive
Focus: Musical theatre, dance, voice, acting, film plus audition options.
Dates: July 24-29

DePauw University
Focus: Voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, organ, piano.
Dates: Vary by program, end of May through June

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Focus: Summer Music Academies and Workshops for Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Organ, and College Audition Preparation.
Dates: Vary by program, beginning June 4 through July

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (Sioux Center)
Focus: Individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing, with a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
Dates: June 11-16

Loyola University New Orleans
Focus: Summer Jazz Camp – improvisation, theory, ear training, lessons, master classes.
Dates: June 12-15

Intermuse International Music Institute & Festival
Focus: Strings (violin, viola, cello) and piano. Solo & chamber music. Workshops on: Careers in music, stage presence, improvisation, yoga for musicians, dance/movement & acting as related to musical expression.
Dates: July 7-16

Peabody Preparatory
Focus: Classical Singer Workshop (h.s & college), Piano, Band, Guitar.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Focus: Musical Theatre Dance Intensive; Vocal Choral Intensive; High School Composition Intensive; Opera (see International listing).
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

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 19-July 23

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
Focus: Performing arts institutes in bassoon, clarinet,  flute, harp, horn, jazz, oboe, percussion, trumpet, musical theatre, vocal arts, and Center Stage Strings. Also dance, theatre and drama.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Western Michigan University
Focus: Pre-college experience for serious musicians in strings, vocal/choral, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, or composition.
Dates: July 9-22

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
Focus: Summer Jazz Institute; Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Camp; Summer Acting Conservatory for Musical Theatre; Marimba Festival. Other arts programs including filmmaking and dance.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

William Paterson University Summer Jazz Workshop
Focus: performance and improvisation, arranging, jazz history.
Dates: July 16-22

Fredonia Summer Music Festival
Focus: Band; voice; strings.
Dates: Band/Voice: June 23-July 1; Strings: July 16-22

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Focus: Musical Theatre; private lessons on all symphonic instruments or voice; classical, jazz, rock, pop. Full camp setting includes water + other sports; dance; art; theatre; circus; magic.
Dates: June–Sept., 2 1/2 week sessions.

Ithaca College Summer Music Academy
Focus: Orchestra; vocal; wind ensemble (band); jazz. Performance Track for advanced performance level students.
Dates: July 9-22

Long Lake Camp for the Arts
Focus: Orchestral, ensembles, pit orchestras, private instruction on all instruments, rock bands. Full camp setting – fine arts, theatre, circus, film, dance, sports, waterfront.
Dates: 3 and 6 week sessions starting June 25

Manhattan School of Music – Camp MSM
Focus: Voice and instrumental programs.
Dates: Voice majors July 3-29; Instrumental majors July 9-29

Mannes School of Music, The New School
Focus: Imani Winds Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), Mannes Guitar Seminar.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

NYU Tisch Summer High School Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
Focus: Hands-on music industry training inc. recording, production; visits to NYC record labels, festivals, etc.
Dates: July 9 – Aug. 5

Oasis at LIU Post Performing Arts Program
Focus: Band, orchestra, wind, choir, jazz
Dates: June  26-July 14

Focus: Advanced classical program including composition, theory, ear training; jazz program; Institutes for trombone, trumpet, saxophone; flute masterclass; organ program.
Dates: Vary by program, July-August

Syracuse University Summer College
Focus: Recording studio techniques; Acting & Musical Theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Appalachian State University Cannon Music Camp
Focus: 3-week music retreat offering musical instruction with intensive college preparatory work in performance and music theory.
Dates: June 24-July 15

East Carolina University
Focus: Summer Band Camp (full concert band, small ensemble, solo, jazz performance techniques); Guitar Festival (classical); Chamber Music Institute; Vocal Music Institute; NC Suzuki Institute.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Bocal Majority Double Reed Camps
Focus: Bassoon, Oboe, English Horn, Contrabassoon, Clarinet.
Dates: June 26-30

Oberlin Conservatory of Music Summer Programs
Focus: Baroque Performance Institute, Piano Festival, Flute Academy, Organ Academy, Percussion Institute, Trombone Workshop, Trumpet Workshop. For program in Italy, see International listings.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Oboe Camp, Clarinet Camp, Bassoon Camp
Focus: Oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Dates: July 10-14

Oklahoma City University Summer Music Programs
Focus: Music Theater (2, 3 or 5 week programs); Vocal Arts Institute; Hot Spots for Music Theater (in Florida); Summer Percussion Program; Double Reed Intensive.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Music
Focus: Majors include instrumental or vocal performance (all instruments including bagpipe, jazz piano, music technology), voice, composition, music technology. Private lessons, music theory, sight-singing, Eurhythmics, concert choir.
Dates: July 1-Aug 11

Lebanon Valley College Summer Music Camp
Focus: Concert band, string ensemble, choir, jazz, rock and blues, piano. Secondary concentrations include musical theatre, small chamber ensembles, jazz songwriting, audio and music production. Private lessons, fundamentals of music, master classes, electives.
Dates: July 9–14

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Focus: Clarinet Camp, Flute Camp, Oboe & Bassoon Camp, Percussion Camp, Choral Academy, Saxophone Camp, Youth Music Camp, Strings Camp.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Penn State – The Honors Music Institute
Focus: Piano, choir, band, jazz combo.
Dates: July 16–22

Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival
Focus: Orchestra, chamber music, solo performance, symphonic winds, piano, vocal.
Dates: Sessions in June & July

Susquehanna University Summer Music Institutes
Focus: Ensemble & chamber music intensives for high school wind players and choral singers.
Dates: June 18-24; June 25-July 1

Southeast Piano Festival
Focus: Rigorous piano program; lessons, master classes, piano competition.
Dates: June 18-24

Summer Music Programs at University of South Carolina
Focus: Carolina Summer Music Conservatory (woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice, piano, strings); Drum Major Clinic & Leadership Academy; String Project.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Belmont University School of Music
Focus: String Crossings Camp (multiple styles including Classical, Swing, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass); Summer Winds Band Camp (woodwinds, brass, percussion in Classical & Jazz); Vocal Arts (solo and choral with ensemble options); Piano Camp (Classical or Jazz plus music theory, sight-reading, improvisation).
Dates: Vary by program, June

Memphis Music Camp
Focus: Choir, band and orchestra.
Dates: Vary by program through June

Bocal Majority Double Reed Camps
Focus: Bassoon, Oboe, English Horn, Contrabassoon, Clarinet. Offered in Austin, Dallas, Houston.
Dates: Vary by location, from June-July

Round Top Festival Institute
Focus: Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion.
Dates: June 4–July 16

SMU Institute for Young Pianists, Dallas, TX
Focus: Piano – intermediate to advanced levels.
Dates: July 9–15

TCU Summer Music Institute
Focus: Band, choir, strings, harp, percussion, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone.
Dates: Vary by program

University of Houston Moores School of Music
Focus: Cougar Choir Camp; Band Camp; Texas Music Festival Instructional Institutes (voice, flute, piano, jazz). Dates: Vary by program, July-August

Kinhaven Music School – Senior Session
Focus: Chamber music, orchestra, composition, strings, winds, brass, percussion, piano
Dates: June 23-Aug. 6

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (Winchester)
Focus: Individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing, with a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
Dates: July 23-27

Bocal Majority Double Reed Camps
Focus: Bassoon, Oboe, English Horn, Contrabassoon, Clarinet.
Dates: July 24-29

AGO Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced
Focus: Advanced organ lessons and classes in organ literature, music theory, improvisation, conducting, service playing.
Dates: June 23-28

German Vocal Arts Institute
Focus: Die Zauberflöte/Magic Flute and German Art Song, German diction, voice, performance and career training.
Dates: July 30-August 13

Marrowstone Music Festival
Focus: Comprehensive and intensive orchestra training, ages 14-25. Orchestral and chamber music, master classes.
Dates: July 23-Aug 6

University of Puget Sound Brass Camp
Focus: Small groups and large ensembles, master classes, final performance.
Dates:  June 26-30

Lawrence University
Focus: Musical Theatre; Piano Odyssey Camp; Chamber Music Odyssey Camp; Band Camp; Opera Theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Shell Lake Arts Center
Focus: Jazz, concert band, music theatre, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, extreme strings, vocal, show choir, rock band
Dates:  June 11-Aug 11. Various camps and workshops run weekly.

How to Choose the Right Summer Music Program

Start by answering the following 6 questions:

1. What do you want to gain from a summer music program?
Consider these:

  • Private lessons with a specific teacher
  • Learning to practice more efficiently and effectively
  • Opportunities to play in ensembles, orchestras, bands
  • Opportunities to jam with other students, faculty
  • Music theory classes
  • Audition preparation and support
  • Help in reducing performance anxiety
  • Master classes

2. What beside music would you like to explore or participate in?

3. What kind of environment do you want to be in?

  • Are you looking for a well-rounded camp experience or a more focused music experience?
  • In what area of the country – or world? Are you looking for a cultural experience in conjunction with a summer music program? Or do you need or want to be a commuter?
  • Do you want to explore a specific college or conservatory while studying music?

4. At what level do you currently perform? And are you able and willing to audition to be accepted?

5. Length of program

  • How long of a program are you able and willing to commit to?

6. Finances

  • What are your financial restrictions?
  • Do you have time to apply for scholarships and other financial aid if available? (Note that financial support often requires applying early.)

Types of Programs – and Their Benefits

You may find that there’s overlap between and amongst the programs you consider, but this will hopefully help guide you to the type of summer experience that will meet your needs.

1. Performing arts camps

  • Get lessons, practice, and performance opportunities in a well-rounded summer experience.
  • Meet fellow musicians who also seek a broader summer experience.
  • Participate in traditional camp activities: water and land sports, hiking, social events, overnight excursions, crafts, etc.

2. Programs on college campuses

  • Experience what life would be like at a specific music school.
  • Get to know the faculty, campus, dorms – even the food.
  • Take lessons from faculty you may end up studying with.
  • Feel out 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 to broaden your musical interests.
  • Experience how a different culture informs your compositions and arrangements.
  • Meet mentors and fellow students from around the world.

Photo Credits: 3 photo inset – University of Colorado Denver

Top Photo Credit: Rachel J. Shaffer; Christopher O’Riley with pre-college students from the 2016 Lamont Summer Academy at the University of Denver.


  1. Brooke

    This is perfect for me because I LOVE music with a passion but, I need to work on writing my own songs. I love all these opportunities.

  2. Dana

    I play Tuba and I really want to be in a summer program where I’ll be able to play a lot better and learn more about music. Currently a sophomore in college majoring in music ed and I feel like I should learn new things outside of home so I can come back with a motivated mind set.

  3. Kobe

    I am 19 and am a freshman. I’ve played guitar for 8 years, drums for 4, but have only studied with a teacher for the last three months. How much skill is required to enter most summer music programs for drums? I’ve played rock up until I switched to jazz for the last couple months. Since I’ve started studying with a teacher I’ve been practicing on average 2 – 2.5 hours everyday. Any recommended programs?

    • Definitely worth checking with the programs you’re interested in. Explore the many options on our list of summer programs, both close to home and in other states. Make a list of those that seem to be a good fit and compare. You eventually may have to call individual programs to fully understand what they can do for you. Many offer different levels of instruction to accommodate students of varying proficiency, with the goal of helping them rise to the next level. Your commitment to practicing will help you establish a solid foundation.

    • MajoringInMusic

      We don’t know of any country music-specific programs but we suggest you check out songwriting and summer guitar programs – the skills learned will likely serve your student even if the program doesn’t focus specifically on country music.

  4. Travis

    Hello, my son will be 17 summer of 2015. He has had private lessons for about 8 years on drum set and has been playing in the schools jazz band for the last 5 years. He is looking at Berklees 5 week summer program. What are your opinions on Berklees program. He has done CWU jazz camp the last 2 summers and is really wanting an intense program going into his senior year as he will start auditioning for college. He is going to major in music performance or jazz.


    • Rather than rank or evaluate programs, provides a wealth of information to empower students and parents to make smart choices and decisions based on their personal criteria. This is far more likely to result in a good fit. Look at the criteria listed on this section to get started. Our 2015 page, which will post beginning December 15, will include more detailed information. Also take a look at some of the articles under “Choosing Music Schools” – some of the same criteria apply for summer programs.

    • Bruce

      My son has done the Berklee 5 week last summer as a Drum Performance major. It was overall a positive experience (he was an incoming 9th grader). He was put into two ensembles, one was not so challenging and less than stimulating, the other was with more experienced players and he found that one challenging and lots of fun. My biggest criticism was that each ensemble rehersed only twice per week. The rest of the time he was in elective classes, all important stuff (jazz history, music theory, musicianship training), but what he really wanted to do was rack up hours of ensemble experience with players that were at or above his level. He got to do this twice per week, 9 times total during the 5 weeks. That said, the experience of living in a dorm, having to advocate for himself, practice, play, etc, was amazing.

  5. Sarah

    I’m 19 and play piano organ and piano, but both at beginner level, in comparison to the best pianists/organists. I am DYING to study both INTENSELY over the summer. I also sing a lot and have very good choral technique but don’t have vibrato – I would also love to study voice intensely over the summer.

    Are there any programs that would take beginners pianists/vocalists?

    • Every program is different – some offer beginner lessons, while others are geared toward those much higher levels of expertise. We’ll be posting the 2015 programs beginning late December, with new programs added through the spring, so check back often. Also look at programs offered by community music schools in your area – most offer programs for children and adults at all levels.

  6. Wendy

    My daughter plays French horn and trumpet. We are interested in a summer music camp/ program in the southern California area.

    • This page of Summer Camps & Programs is updated starting every December, but you can get a head start by visiting any of the links/programs on the right side of this page. New programs will be added through early spring 2015! For now, look under the California listings in the right column.

  7. Mary

    Hi! I’m interested in doing summer program in piano but I don’t actually have any idea about the procedure and which courses to choose since I’ve just recently starting to play. My intentions are doing a course in a good university/college in Manhattan or maybe Chicago or Boston. Can you pls suggest any also keeping in mind that I’m 15. Thanks!

    • You’ll have lots of options. Summer programs offered on college campuses are a great way to get a taste of what a college environment is like and to familiarize yourself with a particular college setting. Pick a few programs in the list provided on this page from colleges that interest you. Get in touch with them a ask questions to start the ball rolling. And look for our 2015 page to be posted sometime in December. We suggest you consider a program that will also give you theory training, and opportunities to perform at whatever level you’re at.

  8. Mary

    My daughter plays piano, drums and sings. She is just starting guitar. We are looking for an opportunity for next summer with a rock/pop emphasis. Camps are okay, but college based would be better. Suggestions. International options would be great too. She will be 15 next summer.

    • We assume you’ve already looked at the programs offered for this past summer – many of these will be offered again next summer. We’ll post next summer’s Music Camps & Programs page in late December. Programs will be added throughout winter and early spring, so be sure to visit often.

  9. Steve

    My daughter is interested in taking a term or year “away” from her high school. Do you know of schools offering music-voice-theater programs serving HS juniors? Thank you.

    • Steve,

      Our first thought is to look with your daughter at the boarding arts high schools that offer programs in which she’s looking to immerse herself. They’re known for doing an excellent job of preparing students for their next steps. And she wouldn’t have to lose a year of high school since she’d be taking her academic classes there as well. Two of those schools are participating on so you can easily view what they offer: Interlochen Arts Academy and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Please let them know we referred you if you do follow up. They’ll be happy to talk with you. Other options are non-residential after school programs, non-residential arts high schools, and, of course, summer programs.

  10. Theresa

    Love the list of possibilities! However I noticed Georgia is missing from the state listings, so I thought I would share that the University of Georgia provided a fabulous band camp experience for my daughter, an experiemced trumpet player this past summer. She will be returning next year.

    • Thanks for your input, Theresa! Glad to hear your daughter had such a positive experience. We’ll talk with UGA about getting their program up on our summer page for 2015.

  11. Lisa Buck

    My son is a high school junior and interested in studying music composition in college. He would like to attend a summer program specifically for music composition that will give him the opportunity to start composing and recording his own pieces.

    Do you have recommendations on any programs?

    • Programs we work with that offer composing in the summer include: Lamont School of Music Summer Academy, Long Lake Camp, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Interlochen, The Walden School Young Musicians Program, Ithaca College Summer Music Academy, U of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Music Programs, Cornish College of the Arts. If your son is interested in popular music and songwriting, have him check Leeds College of Music, Interlochen, U of Colorado Denver Summer Music Industry Program.

  12. Tina

    My son would like to go to a residential music camp this summer. Where can I find comments or reviews by participants so that we can help him select tht one that best fits him and guide him as to what to expect?

    • We suggest you start by looking at the various camps and programs on this page to see what interests your son. Some of their websites do have testimonials from former campers and families. You and your son can also contact any of the programs that interest him, and ask them any and all questions that aren’t already answered on their websites. Also get some names and contact information for recent attendees. Then contact the parents and see if their kids would be willing to have a conversation with your son.

      Remember that no two people will have the exact same reaction to a program, but you can glean good information by asking the kinds of questions that will help you both in the decision-making process.

  13. lorraine

    I have a 16 year-old Saxophonist. Do you have any classes in Phoenix. She’s in marching band for 3 yrs, jazz for 2 and elementary band for 4 yrs. She reads music and would like to learn more about jazz. Thank you

    • Some suggestions as to where to look for summer jazz programs in your area:

      1. Jazz in Arizona/The Nash ( – look for their summer jazz programs by mid-April.
      2. Community colleges in the area (Paradise Valley, Maricopa, Scottsdale).
      3. Community music schools in Phoenix, such as Phoenix Center for the Arts.

      Also check the state-by-state list of programs on this page to also learn about excellent jazz programs outside your area.

  14. Pam

    My 16 year old son would like a camp where he will get vocal and songwriting instruction. He is also interested in recording. Mostly this summer he wants to go someplace where he can grow his skills. He made the ACDA honor’s choir at the State level this year and he writes music/songs on a regular basis but he wants to be better at both. He taught himself guitar and he took piano lessons for years and does mostly improv and piano to supplement his singing now. We live in California but aren’t opposed to traveling. Any ideas?

    • Programs we’re working with this year that offer what your son is looking for include: Idyllwild Arts (CA), Interlochen (MI), Stanford Jazz Workshop Jazz Institute (Songwriting, CA), University of the Pacific (Pacific Music Business Camp. CA), University of Colorado Summer Music Industry Program (Songwriting, CO), Cornish College of the Arts (WA).

      Check them out on this Summer Music Camps & Programs page!

  15. Mellisa

    My son wants to go to a music program in Italy this summer but doesn’t know any one else who wants to go with him. Can you help me think this out? Would he be better off waiting until he can maybe go with a group of students from his school?

    • Summer music programs in other countries offer wonderful opportunities for students who are ready for them. There are some advantages to not going with a school group and your son will certainly meet people wherever he goes. Find out everything you can about supervision, lodging, language support, private instruction, cultural opportunities, etc. Ask for contact information for a few families whose children have attended the programs your son is interested in so you can get some more objective feedback about those programs.

  16. I am looking for a summer music program for my middle schooler who plays saxophone. He will be going into the 8th grade next year. I would like to find a place that is in the Southeast that also offers Graduate for musicians. I have my bachelor’s for the University of Memphis. I would like to get started on my Grad degree on saxophone. May not be possible to pull this off, but I thought I would ask. Memphis does not offer a summer program.

    • Stay tuned for the 2014 Summer Music Camps & Programs information! Posting of programs will start mid-December and will be accessed from the homepage.

      And…how far are you willing/able to travel?

      Note that if you’re interested in blues, check out Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp for your son. He’ll bring a blues camp your way if you can facilitate the process.

  17. Andy

    I know summer is almost over but maybe for next year… Summer camps other than the ones listed for a High School Student in Los Angeles? Thank you!

    • Thanks, Andy, for your comment. If you’ll give us an idea of what type of music and what kind of programs would interest you, we’ll do our best to scout them out for next season.

  18. Nick

    Hi! I was wondering what information you had on summer programs in Pennsylvania or relatively close to it. Thanks!

    • Nick,

      In the state-by-state listing over on the right of this page, you’ll see excellent music programs with different focuses, in Pennsylvania (at Temple and Penn State) and surrounding states (Ohio, New York). You’ll notice that several programs are offered through the music schools and departments at universities.

  19. Ingrid

    I am interested in summer programs in music for high school students in New York City. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time.

    • Ingrid,

      We’re honored to be working with excellent programs in New York. You don’t state what area of music you’re looking for, but check these out:

      • The New York Jazz Academy (Manhattan) is a place for jazz – all instruments, all level. Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music has a great Summer Vocal Institute.

      Other NY programs outside the city but worth looking at:

      • Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University
      (wind & chamber ensembles, jazz, voice, orchestra, piano, guitar (jazz, rock, classical)

      • Fredonia Summer Music Festival (SUNY Fredonia – Fredonia, NY)
      (winds, brass & percussion high school students

      • French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts (Catskills)
      jazz (all instruments, voice), Classical (all instruments, voice)

      • Ithaca College Summer Music Academy (Ithaca, NY)
      (wind ensemble, orchestra, voice, jazz, classical guitar)

      • Long Lake Camp for the Arts (Adirondacks)
      (all instruments, all styles + rock)

      • Skidmore Jazz Institute (Saratoga Springs)
      (jazz performance, recording)

      • Syracuse Summer Programs (Syracuse, NY)
      (recording studio tech., musical theatre, girls leadership academy)

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