2020 Guide to Summer Camps, Institutes & Programs
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A Season of Music in the Sun
From a villa in Tuscany to a log cabin in the Colorado Rockies, summer programs are popping up everywhere—and we have details on nearly 300 of them.
Also, making music is usually just one part of the mix. These relaxed, often bucolic settings provide vast opportunities for networking and for just plain making new friends. Some of them offer regular camp activities, such as hiking and swimming; one program in Western Galilee, Israel, provides archery instruction along with masterclasses in string playing and chamber music. In virtually all cases, the chance to mix and mingle with the faculty is a given—meals are often served in a common dining room and the attire, except perhaps at those evening events, is strictly casual.
Enjoy perusing your summertime music options.



The Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Summer Programs
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Amsterdam Early Music Summer School is a course in the historically informed performance practice of Baroque and Classical music. The course includes private lessons as well as ensemble lessons with expert teachers from the Early Music Faculty at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
An advanced level jazz workshop for professionals and students from around the world. A week full of lessons, masterclasses, workshops, lectures and concerts at Europe's largest jazz department at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

The Juilliard Summer Programs
The Juilliard School
Montisi, Italy
A week-long, full-scholarship, chamber music program in Tuscany for period instrumentalists ages 18 and over taught by faculty members of Juilliard Historical Performance.
The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School, New York, NY
Each year The Juilliard School hosts a weeklong seminar to foster the artistic growth of pre-formed, pre-professional string quartets. Through intensive coaching and mentoring with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as interaction with other participating quartets, students are able to refine their artistry in a stimulating artistic environment.
The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School, New York, NY
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.
The Juilliard School
Geneva, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; Windermere, Florida
With three tailored programs offered in Geneva, Florida, and Shanghai, students have a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from artist faculty from the Juilliard School, the world's leader in arts education.

Berkshire Choral International
Boston University College of Fine Arts
Lenox, MA; Boston, MA; Amsterdam, Netherland; Barcelona, Spain

BCI brings together enthusiastic, skilled amateur singers from around the U.S. and abroad to rehearse and perform great choral masterworks with the world's leading choral conductors at exciting venues in a spirit of intensive learning and cultural exploration.

BUTI Lenox Campus, Lenox, MA

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.

Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival
Brevard Music Center
Brevard, NC

The Brevard Music Center offers a rigorous yet empowering program of instruction and professional performance, where students and faculty co-exist on campus, collaborate in the classroom, and perform as one on the stage. Private lessons are complemented and enhanced by participating in orchestral, chamber, and opera performances.

Greensboro, NC

Celebrating our 59th anniversary in 2020 and located in Greensboro, NC, EMF is a nationally acclaimed summer classical music festival and educational institution dedicated to focused pre-professional instrumental training, educational enrichment, and astounding public performance. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned visiting artists.

Eastman School of Music
Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

The Eastman School of Music Summer@Eastman program offers students and the community an individualized, world-class music experience. Choose from 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.

Gstaad, Switzerland

The experiences at Gstaad Academy are unique in being colored 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.

Hidden Valley Music Seminars - Master Class Series & Orchestral Institute
Carmel Valley, CA

Hidden Valley is in its 57th 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.

Merkin Hall, Hunter College, New York, NY

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 $10,000 IKIF Artist Recognition Scholarship Awards.

Lake Field Music Camp
Lake Field Music Inc.
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Lakefield College School, Toronto, 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.

Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, MA
This holistic approach to musical understanding complements traditional study and practice.
A whirlwind 10 days of composition and performance
This program offers the chance for musicians with a compassionate heart to use their gifts in palliative care.
Practice Marathon Retreats @ Magic Mountain Music Farm
Manhattan School of Music
Morris, NY

With six individual lessons, 12 weekly workshops, and only 10 students, 6 hours/day of practice is possible. The pedagogy from Professor Kaplan's new book, The Musical Path to Technique: Design of the Heart, introduces ground-breaking strategies to control your body through your mind. Enjoy gourmet food in an exceptionally beautiful distraction-free environment.

Manhattan, NY

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
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute
The New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) is a scholarship program in its 24th year. MMB nurtures exceptional classical musicians of violin, viola, cello & piano aged 12 to 18 on an international stage. MMB offers private lessons, master classes, orchestra, chamber music and numerous recitals.

Menlo School, Atherton, California

Music@Menlo's Chamber Music Institute offers a rich, immersive experience for the most committed, curious, and artistically driven young musicians seeking the opportunity and inspiration to take their art to the highest level.

National Repertory Orchestra Summer Music Festival
National Repertory Orchestra
Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point
Breckenridge, CO

The National Repertory Orchestra is recognized as a national leader for preparing young musicians for future careers in music. Graduates are actively pursued as the most desirable candidates for placement in professional musical organizations worldwide. The NRO has alumni in almost every major and regional orchestra in the country.

Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, AR

Three fully staged operas, with seven 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.

Philadelphia International Music Festival
The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Resident festival featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including principal players. Six program options: Orchestra, Chamber Music Intensive, Piano, Solo Performance Intensive, College Audition Preparation, and Music Theater & Opera. All programs include opportunities for solo performance and competition. Winners perform duo concertos with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Round Top, Texas

Round Top Music Festival owns its campus (over 200 acres), its venues (a 1,000-seat concert hall and a 160-seat chapel), its practice rooms, its accommodations, its food service and other amenities such as swimming pool and jogging trails.

Sibelius Summer Academy
Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
Temple University
The Helsinki Music Centre Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinkis premises in Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Summer Academy is the first-ever summer study program offered by the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki, ranked 12th best in the QS World University Rankings (2019) in the category of performing arts.

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures by Faculty followed by hands-on sessions for maximum learning; technique clinics; master classes; offers certification

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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