2019 Guide to Summer Camps, Institutes & Programs
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The largest Summer Guide yet
The 2019 Guide contains nearly 200 national and international listings. Some combine learning from the pros by day with listening to them perform by night. Others put the talent-in-training on stage and charge admission.
The programs come in all shapes and sizes. Some take place over a weekend, others last all summer. At the Salzburg Summer Music Academy, 1,000 students work with a faculty of 70; at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the count is 40 teachers to 11 students; at NYO Jazz, it’s 22 to 10; at Tanglewood it’s 155 to 75. Some are free, some are decidedly not.
Virtually all of the pre-professional institutes require an audition of some kind, while those for the very young steer clear of a competitive atmosphere. The listings in the Guide provide many options for musical self-improvement, with the added summertime bonuses of fun, friendship, and warm weather. Sounds good to us.



The Juilliard Summer Programs
Montisi, Italy
A weeklong, full-scholarship, summer chamber music program for period instrumentalists in the Tuscan village of Montisi taught by members of the faculty of Juilliard Historical Performance and guest artist Skip Sempé, artistic advisor of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi.

The Juilliard School, New York, New York
The Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies is dedicated to fostering the legacy of the late renowned teacher, Dorothy DeLay. The Symposium takes place at The Juilliard School and features world-renowned artist-faculty teaching pedagogy and master classes and performing in recitals.

The Juilliard School, New York, New York
A week-long seminar to foster the artistic growth of pre-formed, pre-professional string quartets through intensive coaching and mentoring by members of the Juilliard String Quartet.

The Juilliard School, New York, New York
A two-week percussion intensive designed specifically for advanced high school percussionists, featuring hands-on instruction in orchestral, contemporary, and world music styles. Participants experience a challenging range of master classes, clinics, lectures, rehearsals, and performances led by a faculty roster of today's most prominent percussion teachers and performers.

Windermere, Florida; Shanghai, China; Collège du Léman boarding school near Geneva, Switzerland
An immersive experience enabling students to engage deeply in music, dance, or drama

Berkshire Choral International
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)
Boston University College of Fine Arts
Sonoma, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Richmond, VA; Prague, Czech Republic
BCI is a unique way of learning ad singing choral music in a rich and artistically stimulating setting. Our philosophy is that choral music is best when it is studied, absorbed, discussed and mulled over by choristers and conductors together in total immersion.
BUTI's Lenox Campus, Lenox, Massachusetts
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized as a premier summer training program for musicians ages 10-20. Guided by distinguished professionals, and in the presence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, students are immersed in extraordinary music making fueled by high artistic standards, rigorous programming, and a rich legacy.
Curtis Summerfest
Curtis Institute of Music
Decoda - Skidmore Chamber Music Institute
Skidmore College
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians at the highest level of artistry. During the summer, Curtis provides opportunities to experience its “learn by doing” philosophy. Participants wishing to grow their artistry return year after year for the exceptional standard of instruction.
Saratoga Springs, New York
Decoda is the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall comprised of musicians who attended the renowned Ensemble Connect (ACJW) Fellowship program. The ensemble is based in New York City and dedicated to bringing meaningful musical experiences to audiences around the world. This summer, they will lead an intensive at Skidmore College.
Eastern Music Festival
Eastman School of Music
Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
Celebrating our 58th anniversary in 2019 and located in Greensboro, NC, EMF is an acclaimed summer institution dedicated to focused pre-professional instrumental training, educational enrichment and astounding public performance.
Rochester, New York
The Eastman School of Music Summer@Eastman program offers students and the community an individualized, world-class music experience. Choose between residential music programs and camps for middle and high school students, week-long workshops and institutes for adults, and collegiate classes in Music Education, Music History, and Music Theory.
Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy
The Patti and Allan Herbert Summer Frost School of Music Program at Salzburg
Frost School of Music at University of Miami
Napa Valley, California
Blackburn Music Academy provides an immersive summer festival experience for talented emerging professional musicians through chamber and orchestral performances with some of the most respected musicians from around the world, including: Joshua Bell; Raimund Lissy, Principal Second Violin of the Vienna Philharmonic; the Principals of the Russian National Orchestra, etc.
Salzburg, Austria
Students receive two one-hour lessons and one coaching per week as well as tickets to the Salzburg Festival. This is an educational training program with multiple public performance opportunities. Students can also register to receive college credit for German language and Voice.
Gstaad Academy
Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy
Hidden Valley Music Seminars - Master Class Series & Orchestral Institute
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
Gstaad, Switzerland
The experiences at Gstaad Academy are unique in being coloured by the magical environment of Switzerland's Saanenland countryside, one of the most beautiful Alpine foothill regions to be found anywhere in the world - a great inspiration, already highly valued by the festival's founder, Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
Carmel Valley, California
Hidden Valley is in its 56th year of offering learning opportunities for extraordinarily talented young musicians. It's a testament to our exceptional faculty and caliber of students that many of Hidden Valley's students have gone on to hold important positions in major orchestras and universities around the world.
International Keyboard Institute and Festival
Lake Field Music Camp
Lake Field Music Inc.
Merkin Hall, Hunter College, New York, New York
The International Keyboard Institute & Festival presents two weeks of concerts, lectures and masterclasses. Open to lovers of the piano through post-conservatory students and teachers, participants in the two week program can choose their teachers and are eligible to compete in the $25,000 IKIF Artist Recognition Scholarship Awards.
Lakefield College School, Ontario, Canada
Supportive music camp for adults of all ages with intermediate to advanced ability. Twenty professional musicians with a diverse range of teaching/performing talents coach more than 50 small and large ensembles, workshops, and master classes for instrumentalists and vocalists. Participants and faculty perform in the evening. Full accommodations available.
Lamont Summer Academy
Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver
MSM Summer
Manhattan School of Music
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
The Lamont Summer Academy is committed to providing an inspirational, innovative, and fun musical experience for serious pre-college musicians, and promoting musical excellence, rich program diversity and lifelong friendships under the guidance of outstanding artist-teachers.
Manhattan, New York
MSM Summer provides instruction and performance experience in instrumental music and voice for students ages 8-17 in a dynamic conservatory setting. Students will develop their musical skills and will join a vibrant community of young musicians.
Morningside Music Bridge
Calgary Philharmonic Society
Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute
Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
MMB nurtures exceptional classical musicians of violin, viola, cello & piano aged 12 to 18 on an international stage. MMB offers private lessons, masterclasses, orchestra, chamber music and numerous recitals.
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Exceptional orchestral training under world renowned conductors and remarkable artist faculty. Approximately 100 fellowships are given each year. Fellows also receive private instruction, chamber music coaching, master classes, mock auditions, and more.
Opera in the Ozarks
Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point
Oxford Cello School
Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Three fully staged operas, with 7 performances each, double cast, with professional orchestra, costumes, sets, and lighting in beautiful northwest Arkansas mountains. All roles cast with emerging artists and studio artists. Each cast gets at least 3 performances, allowing growth in the roles.
Radley College, Oxfordshire, Great Britain
OCS is an international cello summer school founded in 1980 to provide a unique opportunity for students to focus on the cello and receive fantastic tuition in an intensive environment. Our orchestras take advantage of the instrument’s unrivalled versatility and have performed a vast repertoire from all musical eras.
Round Top Festival Institute
The James Dick Foundation
Verbier Festival Artist Training Programmes
Verbier Festival
Festival Hill, 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, Texas
Six intensive weeks of training and performances opportunities. Orchestral, chamber music and solo repertoire.
Verbier, Valais, Switzerland
Verbier Festival Artist Training Programmes are life-changing. For 25 years, Verbier-in the heart of the Swiss Alps-has welcomed young musicians to be inspired by great masters, fine-tune their musical skills, explore meaningful ways to reach audiences in and beyond the concert hall, and make life-long connections and friendships.
Young Musicians Program (YMP) & Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR)
The Walden School
Dublin, New Hampshire
From a kid's first inspirations at the piano to a composer's honed instinct, students of all kinds come to Walden (and return) to immerse themselves in a fun summer of quality mentorship, musical exploration, and lifelong artistic community.

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