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Summer Camps & Festivals for Prep Families

NEC Summer Programs

New England Conservatory Jazz Lab / 1 week
Boston, MA
Tim Lienhard, director
ages 14-18 / ensemble, jams, songwriting/composition, listening, entrepreneurship, audition prep

New England Conservatory SuzukiExplorers / 1 week
Boston, MA
ages 6-11 / masterclasses, group classes, string orchestra, arts and crafts

New England Conservatory Festival Youth Orchestra / 3 weeks
Boston, MA
ages 13-18 / intermediate to advanced-level strings, brass, winds, percussion
(Not offered summer 2018)

Many of NEC's Summer Session programs are open to high school students as well as adult learners.

Non-NEC Hosted Summer Festivals

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Apple Hill Center / five 10-day sessions
Nelson, NH
Lenny Matcyznski, director
focus: chamber music workshops
ages 12-79 / strings, wind, piano

Aspen Music Festival / 8 weeks (half session available)
Aspen, CO
Joan Gordon, director
Contact Alyssa Saint
ages 12-18 / all instruments

Boston University Tanglewood Institute / varies with the program from 2–8 weeks
Lenox, MA
Phyllis Hoffman, director
ages 14-18 / all instruments

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp / four 2-week sessions
Twin Lake, MI
Heidi Stansell, director
focus: 5,300 students & 175 performances each summer in an outdoor woodsy environment
grades 5-12 / all instruments

Cadenza / 5 weeks
Oneonta, NY
Robert Barstow, director
focus: many programs available including chamber music, flute institute, private instruction, jazz
ages 11-15 / instrumental, guitar, piano, voice, percussion, jazz

California Summer Music / 3 weeks
San Francisco, CA
Josh Leichtung, director
focus: solo, chamber music, composition
age range: 13-26 / composition, strings, piano

Camp Encore Coda / 3–6 weeks
Sweeden, ME
Jamie Saltman, director
focus: chamber, private lessons, jazz, rock&roll, large ensembles
ages 10-18 / strings, wind, brass, piano

Castleman Quartet Program / 7 weeks
Fredonia, NY
Charles Castleman, director
no age specifics given, very selective (more advanced students)—only about 40 students in entire program / violin, viola, cello

Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross / 6 days
Worcester, MA
Alice Resker- Administrative Assistant
(508) 793-2296
For high school and college aged violinists, violists, cellists and pianists

Chautauqua Music Festival / 7 weeks
Chautauqua, NY
Sarah Malinoski-Umberger, director
ages 17-25 / instrumental, piano, voice

Credo Oberlin Chamber Music / 3 weeks
Oberlin, OH
Credo Prelude: Elmhurst College / 2 weeks
Elmhurst, IL
Peter Slowik, director
age 11-18 / strings, piano, chamber music

Cremona International Music Academy and Competition / 2 weeks
Cremona, Italy
Mark Lakirovich, director
focus: chamber, private lessons, practice, performance, competition
ages 12-18 / strings, piano

Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute / 2 weeks
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
focus: chamber music
ages 15+ / instrumentalists

Eastern Music Festival / 5 weeks
Greensboro, NC
Gerard Schwarz, director
focus: orchestra, chamber music, private lessons
ages 14-22 / orchestral instruments, piano

The Fredericksburg Brass Institute (FredBrass) / 1 week
Northampton, MA
Buddy Deshler, artistic director
ages 14-18 / brass players

Greater Washington Suzuki Institute / 1 week
Falls Church, VA
Ronda Cole, director
focus: Suzuki Institute, parent involvement required, chamber music and extra classes available for students above book 4
ages 3-18 / violin, viola, cello

Greenwood Music Camp junior & senior / 2 weeks (junior), 5 weeks (senior)
Berkshires, MA
Debby Greenebaum, director (junior)
Debb Sherr, director (senior)
ages 10-13 (junior), 13-18 (senior) / all instruments

Hartt Suzuki Institute / 1 week
West Hartford, CT
Harmon Steiner, director
focus: Suzuki Institute, parent involvement required
violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano

Heifetz / 6 weeks
Staunton, VA
Daniel Heifetz, director
ages 13-27 / violin, viola, cello

Indiana University Summer Piano Academy / 3 weeks
Bloomington, IN
Karen Taylor, director (piano)
focus: piano
Indiana University Summer String Academy / 4 weeks
Bloomington, IN
Mimi Zweig, director (strings)
focus: chamber, private lessons, practice
grades 7-12 (piano), ages 12-18 (strings) / strings, piano

Intermountain Suzuki String Institute / 1 week
South Draper, UT
focus: Suzuki Institute, parent involvement required
ages 3-18 / violin, viola, cello

International Institute for Young Musicians / one 3-week session; two 2-week sessions
Lawrence, KS
Scott McBride Smith, director
focus: Student takes 2 classes 3 times a week; private lessons twice a week; 3 hours practice per day; recitals and community performances.
ages 12-23 / piano

International Summer Music Academy “ Music in Regensburg” / 2 weeks
Regensburg, Germany
Mark Lakirovich, director
focus: chamber, private lessons, practice, performance
ages 12-18 / strings, piano

Interlochen / various programs, various lengths
Interlochen, MI
800-681-5912 or 231-276-7472
focus: many programs—band, brass, choir, music composition, orchestra, percussion, strings, voice, woodwinds
grades 3-12 / strings, voice, brass/percussion, composition, piano

Killington Music Festival / 5 weeks
Rutland, VT
Daniel Andai, director
focus: chamber music, private lesson, practice
ages 14-23 / violin, viola, cello, piano

Kinhaven Junior & Senior / 2 weeks (junior), 6 weeks (senior)
Weston, VT
Sandy Dennis/Marty Knieriem, directors (junior)
Deborah Buck/Tony Mazzocchi, directors (senior)
focus: orchestra, chamber music, private lesson, practice
grades 4-7 (junior), ages 13-18 (senior) / orchestral instruments, piano

Luzerne Music Camp junior & senior sessions
4 weeks (2 week option available for junior)
(6-8 week sessions available)
New York, NY
Elizabeth Pitcairn, director
ages 10-14 (junior), 15-18 (senior) / strings, piano, winds, brass, percussion

Meadowmount / 7 weeks
Westport, NY
Eric Larsen, director
violin, viola, cello, piano

Music at Menlo: Young Performers Program (day/boarding options) / 3 weeks
Atherton, CA
Edward P. Sweeney, director
focus: chamber
ages 9-18 / intermediate, preconservatory, and early-conservatory-level pianists, violinists, violists, cellists

Music on the Hill (day) / 3.5 weeks
Belmont, MA
Meghan Jacoby, director
focus: chamber music
ages 9-14 / all instruments

Musica Mundi / 2 weeks
Waterloo, Belgium
Mrs. Hagit Hassid-Kerbel, director
focus: chamber
ages 10-18 / chamber music

Musical Mornings at Rivers / 2 weeks
Weston, MA
David Tierney, director
focus: singing, movement, rhythm, eurhythmics
ages 4-6 / no instrument required

Narnia Festival / 2 weeks 
Narni, Italy 
Cristiana Pegoraro, director
+39 0744 403132
instrumentalists, singers, dancers, composition, performance, conducting, language

New England Music Camp / 7 weeks (half session available)
Sidney, ME
John Wiggin, director
focus: strings, winds brass, percussion, piano, guitar, voice, musical theatre

Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute / 2 weeks
Oberlin, OH
Kenneth Slowik, director
focus: baroque chamber music, use of baroque instruments, 1 college music credit available
grades 9-12 / voice, strings, piano, winds

Ogontz Suzuki Institute / 1 week
Lisbon, NH
Domenick Fiore, director
focus: Suzuki Institute, parent involvement required, (2015 dates TBD)
ages 3-16 / violin, viola, cello

Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute / 1 week
Hershey, PA
Justin Lewis, director
focus: Suzuki Institute, parent involvement required, Young Artists Program available for students ages 12–18
ages 3-18 / violin, viola, cello

The Perlman Music Program / 7 weeks
Shelter Island Heights, NY
Toby Perlman, director
focus: chamber, private lessons, masterclasses, practice, 38 exceptionally gifted students are accepted each summer
ages 12-18 / strings

Point Counterpoint "Prelude," / 1 week
Sessions #1–3 / 3, 3, and 2 weeks
Young Artists Program / 5 weeks
Leicester, VT
Jenny Beck, director
267-886-5359 (Oct-Apr)
802-247-8467 (May-Sept)
focus: chamber music, private lessons, practice, music theory
ages 8-13 (prelude), ages 11-17 (sessions #1, 3), grades 9-12 (session #2, young artists program) / violin, viola, cello, piano

Rivers Summer Youth Orchestras / 1 week
Weston, MA
David Tierney, director
focus: orchestra
Summer Music at Rivers junior & senior sessions (day) / 2 week sessions
focus: chamber music
ages 8-18 (Youth Orchestras), grades 2-6 (junior), grades 7-12 (senior) / all instruments

Rocky Ridge Music Center / 4 weeks
Estes Park, CO
SoYoung Lee, director
focus: 2 private lessons per week, orchestra, chamber, master classes, practice
ages 15-24 / all instruments

Sewanee Summer Music Center / 4 weeks
Sewanee, TN
focus: orchestra, chamber music, private lessons, practice
ages 15-23 / all instruments

Sing this Summer / 1 week
Amherst, MA
Jonathan Hirsh, artistic director
ages 7-18 / voice, choir, musical theatre, also have strings program

Summer Jazz at Rivers / 2 week sessions
Weston, MA
David Tierney, director
focus: jazz, improvisation, ear training
jazz instruments

Summit Music Festival / 3 weeks
Pleasantville, NY
Ephram Briskin, director
focus: chamber music, individual instruction
Note: students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent
strings, winds, harpsichord

Walden School Music Camp / 5 weeks
Dublin, NH
ages 9-18 / composers, strings, guitar, voice

Yellow Barn Young Artists Program / 2.5 weeks
Putney, VT
Seth Knopp, director
ages 13-20 / strings, winds, piano, composition

Youth and Muse / 1–3 weeks
Boston, MA
Yohei Sato, director
focus: Every sudent will have an apportunity to play a concerto with orchestra, and selected students will appear in a concerto concert as soloist.
ages 12-18 / strings, winds, piano

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