Summer Music Camps

Summer Music Programs

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The warmth of summer is upon us and parents are thinking of ways to keep their young ones occupied. What better way to spend the summer than going to music camps or attending music programs? Not only will it be fun, it will be educational as well. Here are several summer music camps that may be of interest.

  • Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music - Their annual Summer Chamber Music Workshop held in southern New Hampshire offers musicians of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to study and perform chamber music under the guidance of renowned faculty and supportive peers. Over the course of each ten-day session, students receive personalized coaching, perform in chamber groups, and participate in community activities. Unique to the workshop is the Playing for the Peace initiative, a program that brings international musicians to Apple Hill. Schedule of sessions for 2012 are June 15 to June 24; June 29 to July 8; July 13 to July 22; July 27 to August 5 and August 10 to August 19.
  • Assai! Performance Institute - Offers a two-week solo performance camp for advanced string students in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Assai! presents students with the opportunity for intensive solo study, inter-disciplinary classes to become complete communicators and lots of performance. Members of the Boston String Quartet will be the resident faculty for lessons and masterclasses, and Grammy winner Mark O' Connor will present a special workshop on improvisation and musical styles.
  • ArtsAbroad - Headquartered in Virginia, this program takes students abroad for international music, dance, acting and art summer programs. For 2011, their programs include a 4 week "Prague Conservatory Workshop + Central European Tour" which is open to juniors and seniors in the band, orchestra or choir students. They also offer a 3 week "International Band and Orchestra Camp + European Tour" open to any high school student.
  • Benefic Chamber Music Camp at Ball State University - A week-long chamber music camp for string and wind students ages 15 to 20. Activities include daily chamber music coaching, private lessons focused on mastering assigned chamber music repertoire, Guest Artist Masterclasses, Faculty Concerts and Students Chamber Music Performances. Camp takes place at the Music Instruction Building that features the state-of-the-art Sursa Performance Hall.
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Located in Michigan, USA, this is a music camp which offers art, dance, and theater programs. Call them for inquiries or for a free catalog.
  • Camp Ballibay for the Fine and Performing Arts - Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Camp Ballibay offers a variety of programs for children ages 6 through 16. Programs include theater, visual arts, music dance and more.
  • Camp Encore/Coda - Located in Southwestern Maine, this camp offers various programs and activities to campers finishing grades 3 to 6, as well as campers finishing grades 7 to 11. Classical, jazz, pop, rock & roll and American Theater music are included in their music program.
  • chamberSTRINGS Summer Music Workshop - Open to string students ages 8 to 18 of all levels of playing ability. The workshops will be held from July 27 to 31 at the Rosemont School of the Holy Child, and from August 3 to 7 at Simmons Elementary School. Applicants are required to submit an audition recording for appropriate placement.
  • Comox Valley Youth Music Centre - Offers instruction in classical, jazz, voice and musical theater. Programs run two to four weeks in the month of July; students range in age from 7 to 22.
  • Corciano String Quartet Retreat - Scheduled on June 3 to 10, 2012; this music camp will be an opportunity for chamber ensembles of any level to deepen their playing with a week of one on one coaching with London's esteemed Fitzwilliam String Quartet. It is organized jointly by the Fitzwilliam Quartet, Filippo Protani Liutaio, and the Comune of Corciano.
  • Corfu Rock School - A three-week summer Music and Adventure Camp for kids ages 12 to 17 years old. Participants will travel to Arillas on the Island of Corfu, Greece for a musical and cultural adventure.
  • Cornish College of the Arts - Offers various summer programs such as music, dance, and theater. Their summer music program is open to students ages 12 to 19. Registration is ongoing until June 17, 2011. Workshops are scheduled on June 27 to August 20 at their Kerry hall campus.
  • Credo Chamber Music - Offers two summer chamber music festivals. The three-week festival takes place at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio from July 3 to 23, 2011 and is open to advanced string and piano students age 13-22. The two-week festival takes place at Gordon College in Massachusetts from July 24 to August 6, 2011, and is open to students age 12-17. Both festivals will be taught by a highly-acclaimed faculty.
  • DAYJAMS Rock Music Day Camp - Open to 9-15-year-olds from beginner to advanced levels, even those who have never played an instrument before. The only exception is horn players, who are required to have two years experience playing a trumpet, trombone, or alto or tenor saxophone.
  • Drum'N Jam Camp - It's a 3-day music camp for drummers and hand percussionists or other musicians wanting to learn more about percussions. Located on California Central Coast in San Luis Obispo and presented by DrumSchool 101. Recommended for ages 9-19, attendees will learn to groove on the drumset, hand drums and hand percussion to a variety of musical styles in both classroom and ensemble setting.
  • Flathead Lake Music Camp - Offers a high school band camp and choir camp starting on and band camp for Jr. high/middle school students. Scholarships are also available.
  • Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Summer Music Program (SMP) - Comprises two chamber music camps for around 100 students at the junior high and high-school level. This year, the Chamber Music Camp will be from June 24 to July 11 and Cello Camp from June 10 to 20, culminating in the Midwest Cello Celebration.
  • InterHarmony International Music Festival - The festival will be held in Birklehof, Germany; and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany and is primarily for strings and piano students. Participants are given the opportunity to spend up to four weeks in Europe studying with an internationally renowned faculty.
  • Interprovincial Music Camps - Some of the best music camps in Ontario, Canada, They offer several summer music programs in various genres such as instrumental, rock and theater.
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts - Located in northern Michigan, this camp offers a variety of programs to students in grades 3 to 12.
  • Jazz Vermont - This is a band camp for adult musicians playing at an intermediate level.
  • Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music - Offers different music programs in British Columbia, Canada. Among others, they have the Micro Music Makers which is for 5 to 6-year-olds, the Mini Music Makers for 7 to 9-year-olds and Music Makers 2 for 10 and 11-year-olds.
  • Music Camp At Frenchwoods - They offer a variety of music programs to kids 7 to 17 years old, from one-on-one lessons in voice and instructions on every musical instrument featured in a symphony orchestra. They also have a concert band, a jazz program, and a rock and roll camp.
  • Nash Camp - Offers programs for songwriters, bluegrass, and banjo players.
  • National Music Camp - Located in Lake Couchiching, north of Orillia in Canada, this camp has various programs for students in grades 3 to 12. Music programs include Band, Orchestra, Beginning Instruments, Beginning Strings, Acoustic/Classical Guitar, Jazz and more.
  • New England Music Camp - Campers may design their own programs, from music to various outdoor activities.
  • Oklahoma City University's Performing Arts Academy - Offers comprehensive, pre-college summer training for students who want to excel in their field of study. They offer intensive instrumental programs in strings, brass, and percussion. They also have programs for classical/opera voice performance as well as junior high and high school music theater programs.
  • Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp - Offers a 3-week and 4-week music camp starting on June 25. The focus is on chamber music.
  • Rock Camp USA - Offers two types of programs: the Opening Acts Camp (ages 8 to 16) is for participants with little to no experience, while the Headliners Camp (ages 11 to 19) is for those who meet specific skill-level requirements on their instruments. Each camp is two weeks long and culminates in a live performance.
  • Sarteano Chamber Choral Workshop (High School to Young Adult Division) - In Italy, a workshop for singers ages 15-20, who are looking for a strong chamber ensemble experience. The 28 member auditioned ensemble will be directed by Simon Carrington. Daily sessions using the Rohmert Method of Functional Voice training, recreational and educational field trips and gala dinner.
  • School of Rock - Designed for kids ages 9 to 18 of all levels, they offer annual one and two-week summer rock music camps from June to August at participating locations throughout the United States. Camp days and hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of live performance, lessons, and clinics on the key instruments of rock and learn to perform together as a band.
  • School of Rock's Metal Camp - Set for August 19 to 25, 2012 and open to young metal heads ages 12 to 18 years old. The said camp will be held at Camp Lakota in the Catskill Mountains. Participants will receive instruction on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, and the key tools to master the art of metal. The special guest professor will be Metal Mike who is known for his work with Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row). More details on their Web site.
  • Sonoma County Children's Music Summer Programs - They offer a variety of summer programs for children such as Adventures Near & Far (for 5 - 7 years old) where kids will learn about different habitats and the animals that live in them; Around the World (for 5 to 7 years old) where they get to explore different countries and learn about their culture; Tell me a Tale (for 5 to 7 years old) where children learn about interesting tales from around the world and Creatures at the Ocean (for 19 months to 3.5 years old). Children will learn through song, dance, playing instruments, drama, storytelling and crafts.
  • Summer Music Programs - A summer music camp for 11 to 17-year-olds held at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • UNC Greensboro Summer Music Camp - Offers 2-one week camps for the band, mixed chorus, orchestra, and piano.
  • Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts - Located in Huntington, Long Island, New York; Usdan Center was founded in 1968 and is open to young learners ages 6 to 18. They offer 40 4-week and 7-week programs in writing, nature & ecology, chess, dance, theater, visual arts, and music, including folk guitar, classical guitar, classical piano, band, orchestra. etc. Their next open house is on March 18, 2012, and their 45th season begins on June 25, 2012. More info on their Web site.
  • Walden School Summer Music Program - Has a 5-week summer camp for 9 to 18-year-olds playing at beginner to advanced levels.
  • West Coast Amateur Musicians Society - CAMS is an organization for amateur singers and instrumentalists based in British Columbia, Canada. They offer a week-long music camp every July; this year it is scheduled on July 19 to the 26th.
  • West Virginia University High School Flute Camp - Open to all high school flutists entering grades 9-12. Activities include chamber ensembles, flute choirs, flute exhibits, faculty and camp recitals, a gala, master classes, small group lessons, tone and technique classes. Hosted by Dr. Francesca Arnone with guest faculty Dr. Sandy Schwoebel.
  • West Virginia University Mountaineer Music Camp - A comprehensive camp offering opportunities in Band, Choir, and Piano for students in grades 7-12. Students will participate in a variety of activities including rehearsals, lessons, master classes, and special concerts, all supervised by the outstanding faculty and staff of WVU's Division of Music.
  • West Virginia University Summer Double Reed Camp - Open to all high school students entering grades 9-12. Camp activities include double reed ensemble, double reed vendors, instrument repair clinics, masterclasses, orchestral excerpts, reed making classes, warm-up and technique classes and a final concert featuring faculty students and competition winners. Featuring oboists Richard Killmer and Cynthia Anderson; and bassoonists Sue Heineman and Lynn Hileman.
  • Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy (Wintergreen, VA) - A three-week classical festival of orchestral and chamber music on the crest of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. There is also an academy for wind players, string players, and composers.