2020 Guide to Summer Camps, Institutes & Programs
Reaching Towards Summer 2021
Summer 2021 holds promise: by then, having waited for COVID-19 to dissipate, artists will be hungry to perform, rehearse, teach, and/or listen to live music in a shared environment. Fortunately, there are many opportunities being planned, and our annual Guide to Summer Camps, Institutes, and Programs lists nearly 300 possibilities.
The options are plentiful. Some programs specialize in strings only (check out Your Body is Your Strad—no audition required), some in bel canto (in Florence, no less!), some in marimba (Portugal), some in all disciplines (big guns, like Tanglewood and Aspen). There’s also a two-week young women’s (ages 14-19) composers’ camp in Pennsylvania, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t include the Beethoven Bootcamp in Virginia.
With fingers crossed that the pandemic will be a bad and distant memory by then, here’s to summer 2021.
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Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)
Boston University College of Fine Arts
Brevard Music Center
Lenox, MA
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized as a premier summer training program for musicians ages 14-20. 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, North Carolina
Brevard Music Center offers a rigorous and empowering program of instruction and professional performance, where students and faculty co-exist, collaborate, and perform as one on stage. Private lessons are complemented by participating in orchestral, chamber, and opera performances. See our website for more program information and our 2021 COVID-19 precautions.
Classical Piano Power Camp
Webster University
Webster Groves, MO
Coming off a highly successful 2020 camp with national participation, we again offer daily private lessons with camp faculty, daily master classes, yoga for pianists, faculty recitals, and guided practice.
Mobile app: iOS (Apple Store) & Android (Google Play)
DictionBuddy mobile app is an all-in-one self-study aid providing access to an extensive library of lyric diction materials to include 700+ art songs & aria titles (audios with normal & slow speed readings), across 9 languages (Italian, French, German, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Latin, Polish, English), with translations, transliterations, and IPA.
Eastern Music Festival
Chapman University College of Performing Arts
Greensboro, NC
Celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2021 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.
Southern California
Chapman University hosts week-long summer music camps for students entering grades 9-12. Our award-winning faculty and guest artists are committed to providing campers an exciting, positive and rewarding musical experience. Whether you choose to commute or reside on campus, you'll learn college-level repertoire while making new friends and having fun.
Hidden Valley Music Seminars Master Class Series, Orchestral Institute & Northern California Flute Camp
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
Carmel Valley, CA
Hidden Valley is in its 58th 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.
Killington, VT
KMF brings together musicians and a world-renowned faculty in a residency program of chamber music study, master classes and frequent performances. With the beauty of the Green Mountains as a backdrop, the limited enrollment, personal attention and collegial atmosphere. KMF 2021 could be the musical experience of your lifetime.
Lake Field Music Camp
Fesival Ljubljana
Lakefield College School, Toronto, ON, 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 different ensembles and workshops for instrumentalists and vocalists. Participants and faculty perform in the evening. Full accommodations available. New online workshops coming.
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Every summer's Ljubljana Festival includes a series of master classes, which take place at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet under the internationally recognizable artistic direction of Branimir Slokar. Young musicians will be able to attend the master classes as soloists or as members of a chamber group.
Morningside Music Bridge
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Inspiration PoInt Fine Arts Colony
The New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) is a scholarship program celebrating its 25th year. MMB nurtures exceptional classical musicians of violin, viola, cello, and piano, aged 12 to 18 on an international stage. MMB offers private lessons, master classes, orchestra, chamber music and numerous recitals.
Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Eureka Springs, AR
Opera in the Ozarks offers extensive stage experience with a professional orchestra, coachings, voice lessons, movement, acting, and other instruction to aspiring young artists. All roles are double cast, with at least three performances per cast.
Philadelphia International Music Festival
Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Resident festival featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including principal players. Five program options: Orchestra, Chamber Music Intensive, Piano Studies, Solo Performance Intensive, and College Audition Preparation. All programs include opportunities for solo performance and competition.
Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki premises in Helsinki and Seinäjoki, Finland
Sibelius Summer Academy is a summer study program offered by the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki, ranked 12th best in the QS University rankings (2019) in the category of performing arts.
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
The Eastman School of Music's 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 instrumental institutes, and collegiate classes in music education, music history, and music theory.

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