Compiled by the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras

The musical opportunities listed below are ones of potential interest to MCYO members due to their focus on orchestral instruments. Most of the programs chosen for the listing are day programs in the Maryland suburban area or residential programs on the East Coast; some residential programs in other geographic areas have also been included due to their popularity, excellence, or uniqueness. The list was derived from several sources: programs in which MCYO members have participated in previous summers, those which were suggested by various MCYO personnel, or those which sent us brochures or were named in other listings. This list is not meant as a recommendation nor as a comprehensive list, but as a growing compilation of some options. Be sure to check specific information.

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Summer camps in the local area:

AACS Summer Percussion Camp, Severn, MD.
Open to students ages 12-18, from all schools and all faiths.
For all skill levels. At least one year of prior band class or lessons suggested.
Tuition: $300, including daily lunch.
Location: Annapolis Area Christian School – Upper School Campus – 109 Burns Crossing Rd, Severn, MD 21144 (not in Annapolis!)

Annapolis Chamber Music Project (ACMP), Annapolis, MD, 410-349-1856,
ACMP is a five-day intensive music festival for young musicians, ages 12-18 (grades 6-12) that play orchestral instruments, which includes master classes, small ensemble playing and coaching and public performances. This is a unique opportunity for young woodwind, brass and string players to play chamber music with their peers. For more information and to apply visit Questions: or call Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, Director at 410-349-1856.

ArtsAbroad, based Falls Church, VA.
Prague Conservatory + Central European Tour: This program is especially geared toward high school students or recent graduates who intend to be university music majors or seriously continue musical studies. We will have a two week workshop at the Prague Conservatory to focus on performance, music theory, and music history. Private lessons and master classes will be given by conservatory staff, who are usually professional musicians in Prague ensembles. A recital at the end of the workshop in a beautiful concert hall will feature the piece you’ve been working on! Afterward, an intensive music history tour will take us to Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Leipzig, and Dresden. We will attend many performances, including the Munich Opera Festival.
International Band and Orchestra Camp: This program is open to any high school student. We’ll begin this exciting adventure with a tour to Prague, Vienna and Salzburg, three beautiful cities with great musical histories. We will visit famous performance halls and enjoy a concerts. Part of the tour will include exploring the Bavarian Alps and Neuschwanstein Castle (the model for Disney!) and cruising an underground river and caves in the Czech Republic. After the tour, we will settle in a small Czech forest town for a 10 day international band or orchestra camp with full days of rehearsals, lessons and concerts. Free time and evenings will be spent enjoying the outdoors with hiking, swimming, talent shows and campfires. What better way to spend the summer than making friends from around the world, seeing amazing music history sights, and playing great music!

Baltimore Strings Camp, Baltimore, MD,
At the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp, students will strengthen musical skills in small group and large ensembles in an understanding, dynamic atmosphere. Daily group or orchestra rehearsals will provide the opportunity to work with highly qualified musicians and music educators from Maryland and Pennsylvania. All groups will perform in a concert setting, open to the public, at the conclusion of their session

Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp, Orkney Springs, VA
All Ages
Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp offers a concentrated week of music study and enrichment for Suzuki students and their families in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Now celebrating our 12th summer, the camp has developed a reputation for its outstanding faculty, community atmosphere, and beautiful location. Enrollment is open to violin, viola, and cello students at all levels of the Suzuki repertoire, from ages three through adult.
Students have the opportunity to further their skills and love of music in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Parents have the opportunity to learn and share ideas, and to enjoy special time with their children and other families. The week together provides motivation, learning, and enjoyment for all.

Bocal Majority Bassoon and Oboe Camps, Shenandoah Conservatory, VA
Bocal Majority is a camp for oboe and bassoon players of all levels. With 20 locations nationwide, there is somewhere close to you. Learn reed making, study chamber music, and get better at your instrument in a positive & uplifting environment.

Catholic University Lion Drummers World Percussion Workshop, Catholic University, Washington, D.C., 301-649-5217
Day program for students preparing for a career as professional musicians as well as those who love to play for fun and enrichment. Beginners welcome. Improve percussion skills; instructor helps students appreciate the passion and inspiration of the drum and experience the joy of rhythm and the fun of creating music through Afro-Latin Rock, Jazz, Rock, and African World percussion.
Grades 4-12.
Three performing ensembles, each with nine students, formed according to the student’s level and age, concluding with a concert.

Central Virginia Suzuki Institute, Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg, VA. email or (434) 381-6341
Residential instruction for students and adults in violin, viola, cello, flute, and piano. Family-oriented.
Fees depend upon which institute, age, electives.
Master class, group class, play-in, lessons in a second instrument, electives in folk instruments; recreational facilities include tennis courts, swimming pool, lake swimming, hiking trails.

DeMatha HS Summer Band, Hyattsville, MD, 301-864-3666 x137 (Jim Roper). No auditions required.
Call Mr. Roper in April for updated information. In previous years, the following programs have been offered:
Summer Band Program: Day program to strengthen sight reading and ensemble performance skills.
Grades 7-12.
Meets two evenings a week for 3 weeks.
3 different bands, grouped by ability. Self-determined groups for first rehearsal; adjustments made for subsequent rehearsals.
Saxophone Workshop
One-day program
Clinician Chris Vidala.
Summer Jazz Workshop
Day program for studying traditional and contemporary jazz styles in small and large group settings. Classes are offered for beginning through advanced levels.
Grades 7-12.
3-day program.
Study traditional and contemporary jazz styles in small and large group settings. Classes offered for beginning through advanced levels, with particular emphasis on improvisation and jazz interpretation, straight ahead jazz swing, Latin rhythm concepts (samba, reggae, etc.), ballad playing, funk fusion concepts.
Other instrumental workshops may be offered (clarinet, trumpet, & lower brass were offered in the past). Call Jim Roper in April: 301-864-3666 x137.

Discover Quintet, Cheverly, MD (PG County),
June 24-28, 2024. For rising 9th grade through college freshman students of horn, bassoon, clarinet, oboe and flute with band experience.
Apply by April 15 for $50 off the $275 tuition — Tuition help is available.
Tucked away between National Harbor and the town of Brandywine, MD, the workshop with expert wind coaches offers HS students quintet rehearsals in which they develop listening skills, cueing, blend and overall technique, as an organic, unique group. Woodwind quintet parts are prepared in advance by students. Audition requirements and more: or call Nancy Switkes, 301-412-1144.
LOCATION: Davies Memorial Unitarian Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748

Flute-a-rama Summer Flute Camp, Takoma Park, MD.
Grades 6-12
Creative, interactive & engaging fun
Ensembles, Composition, Yoga, Games and more!
Co-Directed by Carrie Rose and Melissa Lindon
1 or 2 week options with performances featuring the Flute-a-rama Ensembles
IG @flutearama12

Fredericksburg Brass Institute, Fredericksburg, VA (540) 848 4053,
We invite you to join us in a week full of fun, learning, and FREE concerts by world class brass performers in Fredericksburg, Virginia! This year, our Guest Artists are: Rex Richardson, Matt Niess, Shawn Hagen, and Andrew Hitz! The free concerts are held during the Institute week featuring our outstanding guest artists.
Ages: High school and collegiate musicians
Focus: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Chamber Music

Gaithersburg Flute Camp, Mill Creek Church, Derwood, MD.
Contact person: Tim Friedlander, 301-294-3361, email
Day camp open to intermediate-level flutists with some ensemble experience. This year’s theme: “Eastern Asian Themes.” Auditions may be requested for new participants only, just to be sure they’re ready.
Grades 6-12.
Small (about 30; limit 36) group of flutists, playing challenging music and a variety of music enrichment experiences. Not for beginner nor for the most advanced students.

Gallery Winds Chamber Music Summer Camp, Ellicott City, MD, 240-593-1857
Week One – June 24th-28th
Week Two – July 22nd-26th
The Gallery Winds Chamber Music Summer Camp is open to all students entering grades 7 through graduating high school seniors – exceptions may be made for younger students, based on instrument need and student experience. All students MUST play one of these five instruments to enroll: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon
Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm. The week will conclude with a Friday concert beginning at 3:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be recorded and made available as an unlisted YouTube video.
**Please note that the concert will begin at a different time than previous years!**
Students may register for one week or two weeks. Each week will focus on different repertoire and conclude with a Friday evening performance.

Registration Deadlines:
Week One – June 1st
Early Registration Deadline April 1st
Week Two – July 1st
Early Registration Deadline April 1st

Garth Newel Music Center Summer Chamber Music Fellowship Program, Warm Springs, VA, 877-558-1689,
Audition required.
Intensive chamber music program for string players and pianists, on an mountain estate with accommodations in a manor house and cottages. Program for seriously dedicated and very motivated music students, receiving coachings at the highest level.
Ages 16-26.
Each fellowship student receives a $2500 Fellowship Award which covers cost of tuition, room, and board; each pays only a $100 registration fee.Coaching, lessons; also, free time for such recreational activities as swimming, horseback riding, and golf.

George Washington University: Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute, Washington, D.C. website

The GW Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute invites middle, high school, and college students to study with faculty-artists from the GW Department of Music and esteemed guest artists from outside the university. The Institute immerses students in a rigorous piano and strings curriculum at the university level, leaving them with a motivational and inspirational musical experience they will soon not forget.

Now in its third year, the Institute provides a carefully structured curriculum from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each day students are given a variety of musical activities over the course of the program. Each week, students will have: lessons with our resident faculty; scheduled, monitored practice time; observed rehearsal time for ensemble repertoire; coaching sessions; studio and master classes; concerts by faculty and outside guests; learning trips at Washington, DC landmarks; and seminar sessions on a broad palate of topics including music theory, performance practice, history, philosophy, and aesthetics.

The Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute is offered as a one or two week learning experience for students a multiple skill levels. For immersive students, faculty expose pupils to the focused life of a serious student of music, while nurturing and improving upon current music skills. For more advanced studentvicts considering the study of music at the university level, faculty work with them to improve current technique and performing abilities, while guiding them to the next stage of the musical journey.

Heifetz International Music Institute, Staunton, VA 540-907-4446
Address: 107 East Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Six-week residential camp for advanced students of violin, viola, and cello held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in culturally-rich town of Staunton, VA, home to the American Shakespeare Center. New three-week “HeifetzPEG” program for students 8-13. Two private lessons per week, six performance opportunities per week, including new “Heifetz Hootenannies,” combined with unique classes in voice, public speaking, freedom of expression, movement and drama. Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar for emerging professional string players 19-28.
Ages: 13-28 regular program; 8-13 HeifetzPEG.

The International Music Institute and Festival USA (Emmitsburg, MD)
The International Music Institute and Festival USA offers a stimulating and nurturing environment where each aspect of the individual experience is given careful thought and attention. IMIF’s main objective is to assist musicians in reaching their personal and musical goals by supporting, nurturing, and showcasing their talent, and providing them with inter-disciplinary arts experiences, outstanding professional career guidance, and first class musical instruction.
The program takes place on the beautiful campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland – an hour from Baltimore or Washington D.C. Past participants have joined us from across the USA as well as Iceland, Estonia, Norway, Germany, Poland, Russia, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Argentina, and Canada.

Judith Lapple’s Summer Music Camps, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 703-690-3191
Day or residential woodwind camp for students at all levels.
Ages: 6- up.
Car pooling available from all areas.
Beginner classes (for those with no prior training) in music theory, woodwind ensemble, and studio class; private lessons.Intermediate classes (for those playing solo repertoire at the grade 4-5 level of difficulty) in music theory, sight-reading, studio classes, and woodwind ensembles, emphasizing taking better auditions, sight-reading, quintets, and performance anxiety.
Advanced classes (for those playing solo repertoire at the grade 6 level of difficulty) in sight-reading, learning to take better auditions, master classes by guest artists, woodwind ensembles, and jazz.Special events include field trips, guest artists, televised grand finale concert, instrument vendors, instrument repair classes, learning to work finale, and how to make a good recording.

Kennedy Center / National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, Washington, DC. website
Four-week festival of orchestral and chamber music for young people from 26 states.
Ages 15-21. 25 days of rehearsals, 3 performances, master classes, chamber music, conducted by NSO assistant conductor

Landon School, Bethesda, MD, 301-320-1044,
Three separate music day camps: Summer String Ensemble, Summer Jazz Camp, and Summer Band Camp.
String Orchestra Camp and Band Camp (No audition required):
Grades 5-12.
Two programs – string orchestra and separate band camp. Small ensembles, leading to concert mid-day Friday. Very advanced students may have opportunity to participate in an advanced string ensemble also.
Jazz Camp (Audition required for ensemble placement):
For players of saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and vibes.
Grades 7 – 12.
Sessions on fundamentals, concepts and sight-reading, jazz lectures, videos, private lessons, master classes, sectionals, and improvisations. Opportunity to play with professional musicians.

Levine School of Music, Washington, DC, 202-686-8000,
Several programs and various day camps are offered at campuses in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Camps listed below are the ones most relevant to orchestral students; additional camps are also offered for young children, saxophone, electric guitar, jazz, rock, saxophone, percussion and singers. There are also opportunities for teen apprenticeships, to serve as aides for camp for younger children: limited number of positions for rising 7th graders and up, a few stipends available for qualified 16+ year olds.
Brass Workshop
Ages 11-18
June 23-27 4-8:30 pm (NW DC Campus)
Clarinet Camp
Ages: 12-18
June 23-27 3:30-7:30 pm (VA Campus)
Fiddle Camp
Ages: 6-18
July 7-12 (VA Campus); July 21-26 (MD Campus)
Saxophone at Strathmore
Ages: 11-18
August 4-8 (MD Campus)
Join internationally known saxophonists and clinicians Naoh Getz and Jason McFeaters for a week of chamber music, clinics, jam sessions and master classes.
String Camp
Ages: 8-13
August 3-7, 2009 10am – 4 pm (NW DC campus)
Chamber music coaching, master classes, large ensemble, theory, special events with guest artists, solo recitals.
Strings Plus
Ages: 12-18
August 10-14, 2009 10am – 4:30pm (NW DC campus)
Extension and expansion of String Camp, for string players and pianists. Audition required.
Percussion Intensive
Ages: 11-18
August 4-8 (NWDC Campus)
Spend a week learning orchestral percussion, drum set and world percussion.

Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students, Upper Chesapeake Center for the Arts, Washington College, Chestertown, MD 410-996-5424,
Residential experience using a comprehensive approach to musicianship to provide the basis for a total understanding of the selected repertoire. Experiences go much beyond regular performance experiences and strive to develop independent musicality. Audition required.
Grades 7-12.

Individual, small group, master classes, and full orchestra. Instrumental students play between 5-6 hours each day. All students also take a course in Creativity, in which they are grouped into small interdisciplinary “families” across the arts, and each group develops their own small production. Recreational and social activities directed by college counseling staff are scheduled each day. Artists in Residence and evening enrichment performances; field trip to cultural sites in the Balto/Wash area concluding with performance of “Foot Loose” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia.

McDaniel College Orchestra (Strings + Winds) Camp and Piano program, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD,
A residential music camp focusing on orchestral and chamber music. Studies include sight singing, composition, sectional rehearsals, movement, supervised practice, and audition preparation. A week of intensive study on orchestral or piano skills.
Director: Lynn Fleming 301-922-0398 or email
Conductor: Julien Benichou and MaryAnn Poling – Piano David Kreider
Ages 12-20.
Residential and day attendance

Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre, Rockville, MD. 301-251-7676;
Audition required.
Day program: a college-level course that can be taken for credit or non-credit; high school students can also audition for pit orchestra. Ages: high school students are welcome to audition.

The National Jazz Workshop,
“Study with the Nations’ Finest”:
Hosted by Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Faculty, guests, and highlights include The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, The Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, The US Navy Commodores, The West Point Academy Jazz Knights , The Dixie Power Trio, The Capitol Bones, Latin Jazz with Sin Miedo, arranging and orchestration with Alan Baylock and Dr. Robert Larson, Finale Music Notation Workshop, SmartMusic Workshop, Pro Tools and Recording Techniques, Master Classes, Jazz Theory, Instrument Clinics, Student Big Bands and Combos, Student Concerts, Student Jam Sessions, Student Composition Reading Session, Rising 9th graders and above accepted, available for college credit for those who qualify, registration opens in December, adults can participate in a non playing status, educators and students welcome.
COST: Under $500 for the week including room and board.

National Orchestral Institute,, or email
A training program for young pre-professional orchestral musicians, the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland School of Music offers an intensive four-week experience in orchestral musicianship and professional development for musicians.

National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes, Bethesda, MD,,
This summer, join National Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and orchestral music. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music.
Classes are from 9:00 – 5:00 at Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation – 100 Welsh Park Dr. Rockville, MD 20852

Session 1: July 17 – 21, 2023 grade 6 – 12
Pop Goes the Creativity
Session 2: July 24 – 28, 2023 grade 6 – 9
Developing Chamber Music
Session 3: July 31 – August 4, 2023 grade 9 – 12
Advanced Chamber Music

Orchestra Project, Richmond, VA, website
Orchestra Project is joint project between the Richmond Symphony and VCU Music, and features faculty from both organizations. It aims to bring about transformative growth in one week through two camps:
Intensive is for the advanced string player and includes chamber music.
Odyssey is for the beginning or intermediate player and includes electives.
2013 dates: June 23-28.

Peabody Institute Summer Programs and Master Classes, Baltimore, MD,
Marina Piccinini International Flute Master Classes. website
Open to all ages, focus is on advanced to professional-level flautists in different stages of their careers and studies. Work with internationally renowned flautist Marina Piccinini as a participant in the week-long master classes or observe her skill and techniques as a single or multi-day auditor. Includes daily control your breath and relaxation classes as well as daily exhibitions and lectures by five distinguished flute manufacturers. Marina Piccinini will perform the opening recital on June23rd. Scholarships available. Contact: Allison Dreskin, 410-234-4772,

Peabody Bass Works. website
Provides bass students with unique learning, community, and performance opportunities on the historic Baltimore campus of the Peabody Institute. Building on the success of Peabody Bass Works 2012, PBW 2013 will once again feature bass orchestra and small ensemble work, group lessons, and special classes and events for all participants. Bassists from age 6 to 18 at all ability levels, who have completed at least one year of bass instruction, are automatically eligible and accepted into the Young Bassists Division. The Collegiate Division, an intensive scholarship program, accepts six elite bass players 18 years of age or older. Guest faculty includes Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, principal bass of the San Diego Symphony, and Tracy Rowell, faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory, as well as other prominent teachers from around the region. Young Bassists tuition alone $390. Collegiate Bassists receive instruction and housing scholarship (meals at cost to participant). Contact: Allison Dreskin, 410-234-4772,

Peabody Bassoon Week. website
Phil Kolker, former principal bassoon of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and chair of Peabody’s department of orchestral instruments and organ, is launching an intensive, six-day program primarily for intermediate and ad¬vanced high school and undergraduate college students. The curriculum – including daily lessons, master classes, chamber music coaching, and reed-making workshops – offers strategies to help you practice more effectively, improve your technique and sight-reading skills, and make a more beautiful sound. Whether you are preparing for a college or conservatory audition or looking to stand out as a music major, the program is designed to help you become a stronger, more confident player and take your musicianship to the next level. Tuition with housing $950, tuition alone $595. Contact: Allison Dreskin, 410-234-4772,

Smithsonian Summer Camp, Washington, D.C.,
Adventures in Hip Hop (Grades 4-6) – Begins June 24
o Rap! DJ-ing! Graffiti! B-boying and B-girling! Hip-hop has grown from a New York City–based art form created by urban youth into a worldwide cultural force. Campers learn about the history of hip-hop, explore its main elements, and create their own rap songs. The week ends with a performance that includes original music and movement. All campers leave with a CD of the music created.
Instructors: Psalmayene 24, Nick Hernandez
Masterpiece Theater (Grades 1-3) – Begins June 24
o “Travel” to farms, factories, and the sea as your step into the world of a painting. Create a play based on three famous artworks from three different Smithsonian exhibits. With each masterpiece, you will look for details, learn about the artist, and create your own stories that take place in the painting. Through theater games, storytelling, and art creations, you will work together to create a story and make it come to life from painting to stage!
Instructors: Matthew Kacergis, Tom Hardej
SMArt Detective (Grades K-2) – Begins July 15
o Using science and math, campers spend the week honing their detective skills while viewing works in the African Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. As art detectives, campers follow mystery vocabulary clues, treat art objects discovered on their daily explorations as “evidence” in order to learn more about the art’s creator, and gather the facts on how the object was created so they can make their own masterpieces.
Instructors: Kathy Beachler, Leah Ward
Where Music and Art Meet (Grades 1-3) – Begins July 15
o Discover the intersection of art and music in hands-on, interactive camp. Campers look at art influenced by music, such as album cover art, fan art, art that depicts instruments, and even instruments designed by artists. Trips to the Hirshhorn, American History Museum, and the National Gallery of Art inspire campers to create their own musical creations. Instructors: Yutaka Houlette, Amy Dasilva
Culture Club (Grades 1-3) – Begins July 22
o What are they REALLY doing in that picture?? Become an art detective and un-code what is happening as you make your favorite paintings come to life through movement, music, and stories. This “culture-club” will visit the Celia Cruz collection at National Museum of American History and step into the role of salsa dancers; see what’s hopping through an Edward Hopper painting at Smithsonian American Art; and make art move at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This multi-arts adventure will include a field trip to one performance in the D.C. area. Create your own moving artwork inspired by your favorite masterpiece of the week to share with family and friends.
Instructors: Katie Hahn, Jessica Rodriguez Snellings
Step Into The Spotlight (Grades 5-9) – Begins August 12
o Why do we look up to politicians, artists, and inventors? From presidents to pop stars, celebrities hold a special place in our lives. Through museum trips, performances, and discussions, campers create their own fictional personas and explore what it means to be a icon in the ever-changing eye of celebrity in America. The week culminates with a performance.
Instructors: Paul Reisman
• And so much MORE…For a complete listing of available camps, visit

Summer Strings Camp 2012 by TCSYO or
Fairfax, Virginia
The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras offer an exciting new opportunity for young musicians (ages 10-18) to participate in a two-week Summer Day Program designed for strings students playing at Grade Level 3 and above.
A fun filled and enriching curriculum of string orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, chamber ensembles (optional) will be taught by Artistic Music Director Dr. Cheri Collins and highly dedicated professional musicians/educators from the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area.
Students will perform a final concert “The Sounds of Summer” on the last day of the camp for family, friends and the community. The camp is open to students who have had at least two years of instruction on a string instrument up to high school seniors. Auditions are required and will be scheduled after application is received.
Application form is available on-line.

UM Summer Chorus,
Three weeks of rehearsals culminating in a public concert in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. Open to adults, college students and advanced high school students. Contact Lauri Johnson, Choral Administrator, at 301-405-5571. Or email

UM Summer Youth Music Camp,
Founded in 2003, the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp a week-long day camp for band, string, and vocal musicians entering grades 5-10. Students at all proficiency levels are invited to join us for a week of musical enrichment, growth, and new opportunities. To this end, the camp is designed to accomplish the following goals:
-provide participants with heightened musical experiences to enhance school and/or private instruction
-develop musicianship and advance instrumental and vocal technique through ensemble and solo performance
-offer elective classes that will promote awareness of multiple methods for expressing music
-bring together students from throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area to share a unique musical experience

To this end, the following experiences are offered for each student:
-large ensemble rehearsals in either a band, orchestra or choir conducted by University of Maryland faculty
-small group lessons and sectionals taught by outstanding K-12 faculty from throughout Maryland
-participation in at least three elective music classes
-daily performances by university faculty and professional musicians
-performance in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Details at website.

Virginia Suzuki Institute, Emory, VA,
All ages. Children under 13 must have parent
Fiddle and Suzuki camp:
Also quartet opportunities
Many fee options (fiddling only, camp only etc.) Average $700 residential

Washington Brass Brass Boot Camp, Potomac, MD, 202-533-1861, website
The Boot Camp is an intensive week of instruction, masterclasses, theory, small and large ensemble training and supervised practice for trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba players. Accomplished teacher and player faculty will be on hand running rehearsals and coaching sessions, participating in masterclasses and performing on faculty recitals. The dates for the summer program correspond to the week leading up to major placement auditions in the area and serve as a way for students to get their chops back in shape before returning to school.

WPAS: Summer Camps, Washington, DC, 301-762-7440 , website
WPAS is offering TUITION FREE summer camps for beginner string students (no experience required). Free breakfast and lunch are provided.

Wildwood Summer Theatre, Bethesda, MD, 301-530-6422,
Day program, meeting primarily in the evenings. All-youth summer theatre with pit orchestra. Auditions on Memorial Day weekend Ages 14-25.Rehearsal times and dates TBA, once or twice a week early summer, more as show approaches.

William Montgomery Flute Masterclass,
Work with Professor William Montgomery for a week of solo repertoire for the flute. Open to high school students through college graduates. Contact Dr. William Montgomery at

Young Artists of America, (YAA), Sandy Spring, MD,
for Singers and Instrumentalists

Ages 14-22

in residence at the
Performing Arts Center at
Sandy Spring Friends School

16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

The YAA Summer Institute is a three-week intensive summer program that brings together passionate and motivated high school and college age instrumentalists and singers to collaborate on studying, rehearsing and performing fully orchestrated works from the grand vocal repertoire, including opera, musical theatre, oratorio and art song. For more information please visit:

(In residence at the newly constructed Performing Arts Center on the breathtaking 140-acre campus of the Sandy Spring Friends School, the YAA Summer Institute is conveniently located 10 miles from I-270, I-495 and I-95N. The campus is 20 minutes away from most locations in Metro DC/Baltimore with the opening of the new Intercounty Connector (MD-200).)

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Nelson, NH.
Each Summer Chamber Music Workshop gives participants of all skill levels, ages 13 and up, the opportunity to study and perform chamber music under the guidance of the Apple Hill String Quartet and renowned faculty in an intentionally supportive environment. Over the course of each ten-day session, students receive personalized coaching, perform in chamber groups, and participate in community activities.

This summer, come explore your love of music in a diverse, non-competitive community in beautiful, rural, southern New Hampshire.

2024 Session Dates: June 14—23; June 28—July 7; July 12—21; July 26—August 4; August 9—18
Apply online by April 15:

Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO, 970-925-3254,
Residential training ground for pre-professional music students and internationally renowned music festival. Auditions required.
Most students are college-aged or older; those under 18 accepted based on maturity and ability.
Half sessions and full sessions
Numerous institutes and programs, including private lessons, courses, chamber music studies, student competition, and orchestra performances.

Ball State Bassoon Camp, Muncie,IN, 765-285-5511,
Residential camp, designed to improve students’ abilities as bassoonists and musicians, with instruction offered on three levels at each camp (advanced, intermediate and beginner).
Private lessons, bassoon class, master class, ensemble rehearsals, reed class elective, trip to Fox Bassoon Factory.

Bar Harbor Brass Week, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine,
Residential: a small group of high school, college, and pre-professional participants will be selected to form brass choirs and chamber ensembles to prepare for performances in Bar Harbor. Faculty features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Extension Ensemble brass quintet. Audition required.
Ages: high school and up.
Master classes, private lessons, chamber ensembles, sectionals

Beijing Music Festival and School, Beijing, China (888) 860-BIMFA
Organized by the Center of International Culture Exchange of the Ministry of Culture in Beijing, China.
Established in 2004, BIMFA was the first and is currently the only annual international music festival of its kind in China. Open to pianists, string players and selected wind instrumentalists of all nationalities, BIMFA is a two-week program bringing together established performing artists and teachers from around the world in a unique collaboration in music to promote high-level teaching, performance and cultural harmony. In addition, our extensive 2008 Shanghai cultural and excursion program offers students multiple opportunities for exploration and discovery.

Benefic Chamber Music Camp, Ball State University,
Residential, week-long camp for Strings and Winds.
Grades: 9-12.
A unique week-long learning experience designed to enhance chamber music and collaborative skills for string and wind students ages 15 to 20 (High School grades 9-12 through first years of college.) Activities include daily chamber music coachings, private lessons focused on mastering assigned chamber music repertoire, Guest Artist Masterclasses, Faculty Concerts, Students Chamber Music Performances. Bonus programs offer Musician’s Development Seminars and Workshops. Topics include musician Health and Wellness, art of recording, improvisation, sight-reading, audition preparation and instrument maintenance.
Camp takes place at the Music Instruction Building that features elite instructional facilities and the state-of-the-art Sursa Performance Hall.

Belvoir Terrace, Lenox, MA, 212-580-3398,
Residential, all-girls arts/dance/music/theater/sports camp.
Grades: 3-11.
Private instruction (weekly or bi-weekly) in one or more instruments and voice, music class, chamber music, orchestra, master classes, chorus and opera workshop. Weekly recitals and trips to nearby Tanglewood.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, MA, 1-800-643-4796,
Residential six-week programs in orchestra, vocal music, composition, harp, or piano; four-week program on wind ensemble; 3- or 6- week piano program, two-week workshops on clarinet, double bass, flute, horn, oboe, percussion, string quartet (ages 15-18 only), trombone, and trumpet. Faculty are prominent professional musicians. Auditions required.
Ages: 15 and up.
Master classes, orchestra, attend performances at Tanglewood.

Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME, 207-373-1444,
The Bowdoin International Music Festival brings renowned artist instructors, performers, soloists, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to beautiful Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine each summer for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performance.

BIMA at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1-781-736-8417,
Residential four-week programs in orchestra, vocal music, visual arts, writing and theatre.
BIMA offers intensive training in instrumental and vocal music. BIMA musicians develop and refine their technical and performance skills, expand their repertoire, study music theory, and have ample time for individual and ensemble practice. The BIMA music faculty includes professional musicians with backgrounds in choral, jazz, chamber, orchestral, Jewish and world music.
June 30-July 28
Ages: Grades 9-11.
The schedule includes time for private lessons, group instructions, ensembles, master classes with guest artists, and practice time.

Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC, 828-884-2975,
Residential music festival and comprehensive music training program for gifted high school, college, and pre-professional musicians.. Auditions required.
June 21-August 6
Ages: 14 – Older.
Instrumental studies, small ensembles, orchestras, concerto competition, piano competition, composition program.

Britt Institute Summer Camps, Medford, OR, 541-799-0847 x199,

Camp Encore/Coda, Sweden, ME, 617-325-1541,
Residential music camp, with sports, arts and crafts, sailing, etc. Conservatory program for Grades 9 -11, focusing on skills on single instrument; auditions required for Conservatory program.
Grades 3 – 11.
Private instruction, music theory, small ensembles, large ensembles, jazz band, rock bands, musical theatre.

CelloChanWoods 2011, Howell, MI, 734-662-2325,
Session One: June 22-26 Session Two: July 9-13
Age requirements: Cellists age 12-17 for overnight camp. Adult cellists may apply as day campers.
CelloChanWoods is a cello retreat/camp with a theme of “Well Being and The Arts” for young cellists that approaches cello playing in a holistic way over 5 days. We are looking for cello students that have an interest in dropping tension in their playing, wish to learn better focus, and need a better way to sit and be at the cello. The retreat is a unique opportunity for cello students to become more grounded, confident, and natural players through exploring the connection between mind, music, and body. Each session can accommodate up to 18 students, ages 12 to 17.

Cellospeak, Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA,
July 26th and August 1st, 2009
The workshop is an intensive 6-day seminar in a uniquely supportive environment for adult cellists from novice to advanced. Participants improve technical skills, experience playing in ensembles and enjoy performances by the virtuoso faculty (teaching in a ratio of 1 faculty for every 4 students). The daily schedule includes: private lessons, coached quartets, group technique sessions, and the all-inclusive cello choir of 60 voices. Registrations will be accepted between January 15th and March 15th 2009.
For full program information, directions, and a downloadable application form, please visit our web site at:

Central Pennsylvania Suzuki String Institute, Millersville University, Hummelstown, PA, 717-566-2214.
String Institute
Ages: all; children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suzuki levels pre-Twinkle to books 4 and up.
Fees depend upon skill level, meal plan, room occupancy, etc.
String Institute includes master classes, performing group class, repertoire class, solo recital, grand concert, observation of other classes, and electives in orchestra, advanced master class, Irish and traditional fiddling, intro to percussion, jazz improvisation, and the sound of art; swimming, tennis, and volleyball.
Teen Chamber Music
Ages: 13 and up. Violinist at Suzuki book 7 or up, violists and cellists at book 4+.
Fees depend on meal plan, room occupancy, etc.
Chamber orchestra, small chamber groups, advanced repertoire group classes, master class, optional elective, solo recital, performances; also, swimming party and picnic, Hersheypark trip, tennis, volleyball.

Chamber music in Grantham: Performance and Composition, Messiah College in Grantham PA, website
“Chamber music in Grantham: Performance and Composition” is a one week intensive program designed to enhance participants’ ability to effectively communicate musical ideas in performance. The program was founded by the Mendelssohn Piano Trio and Richard Roberson, Dean of the School of the Arts at Messiah College in Grantham PA. It is open to performers and composers ages 16 and older, although exceptions are made for highly advanced younger participants. Past Guests Artists include Ronald Leonard, Earl Carlyss, Ann Schein and Jody Gatwood.
This year’s program will take place on August 7-14, 2009.
For more information please visit our website

The Consummate Flutist, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, website
June 18-22, 2014

Join us for The Consummate Flutist, an inspirational week of masterclasses, lectures and workshops with master artists Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Soo-Kyung Park, Stephen Schultz and Jim Walker. Daily masterclasses will focus on standard repertoire and orchestral excerpts. The flute faculty will also present lectures and workshops focusing on many aspects of flute performance and career planning, including performance and audition techniques, Baroque and extended technique classes, and strategies for being a successful student and beyond!

Performers*: Advanced High School, College and Pre-professional. *Audition required: see website for details
Participants: Advanced High School, College and Pre-Professional
Auditors: Flutists and Teachers of all ages
Tuition: Performer/$525, Participant/$375, Auditor/$40-75, Parents & Teachers of REGISTERED students may attend for free
Deadlines: See website for details. Early application is recommended as spaces fill quickly.

Cornish College of the Arts – Summer Music Workshops, Seattle, WA, 206-726-5030, website, email
Summer at Cornish’s Music program affords students ages 12 to 19 the opportunity to study with the renowned Cornish music faculty and special guest artists in a series of one week intensive workshops designed especially for the aspiring young musician.
You will hone your skills, learn new techniques from working musicians, and meet other students passionate about music. With a variety of scheduling options, the summer music program at Cornish provides a perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong audition pieces, and get a real taste of college life. We offer a variety of workshops open to middle school and high school students, as well as a few workshops open to adults.
Course Tuition: $395.00 – $795.00
Room and Board: $575.00 per week

Credo Chamber Music Student Program, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, (440) 774-3658,
Audition required.
Residential program of intensive chamber music for string players, designed to nurture the serious music student artistically and spiritually. A limited number of players will participate (by invitation only) in a Chicago/Indiana tour, including chamber music concerts and Bach’s “Magnificat.”
Chamber music coaching, private instruction, morning sing devotionals, master class, donation of one day/week to local charities.

Curtis Summerfest 2020, Philadelphia, PA (215) 717-3167
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide musicians and music lovers opportunities to explore classical music and experience the “learn by doing” philosophy. Summerfest programs allow music enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to study with leading artists, including Curtis faculty and alumni. There are special programs for adult chamber musicians, young singers and instrumentalists, harp, and more! Located at the heart of Center City Philadelphia, Curtis Summerfest provides an ideal urban setting for making, sharing, and performing great music. Visit for more information on costs, accommodations, daily schedules, and the online enrollment process.

Chamber Music for Adults  Wednesday, May 20–Saturday, May 23, 2020
Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony Monday, June 8–Friday, June 12, 2020  

Mikael Eliasen Voice Program Monday, June 8–Friday, June 19, 2020
Young Artist Summer Program Saturday, July 11–Saturday, August 1, 2020

Eastern Music Festival and School, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, 336-333-7450,
Residential training program for 200 aspiring young musicians, presented within nationally-known summer music festival. Audition required.
Ages 14 – 20.
Orchestral program includes two equal orchestras, with seating assignments changing weekly, sectionals, private lessons, master classes, chamber music, concerto competition, concerts. Piano program.

Eastern U.S. Music Camp, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. 866-777-7841,
Auditions not required but encouraged.
Residential program providing opportunities and enrichment in all areas of music; designed to be a complementary part of growth and development of young people. Careers in music are not necessarily the goal of students attending the camp. Music ranges from traditional to rock, from classical to modern.
Ages: 10-19.
Concert band, symphony orchestra, concert choir, jazz ensembles, chamber orchestra, vocal jazz choir, vocal ensembles, sectionals, recitals, workshops, lectures, classes in theory, harmony, composition & arranging, conducting. Also, recreational and cultural activities.

Eastman Summer Sessions, Rochester, NY, 800-246-4706,
Numerous primarily-residential programs for middle and high school students, designed to challenge students and to build skills in career-track high school students. Programs most relevant to orchestral students are listed below, but other programs are also offered in piano, jazz composition, music technology, guitar, and non-jazz improvisation.

Fiddlehead Music Camp,
An overnight Summer Music Camp held for one week at Geneva Point Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The camp mixes music instruction and performance with recreation on a 200 acre retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee. Fiddlehead Music Camp is for young musicians entering grades 4-12. The camp requires no auditions and is non-competitive – rather it fosters a healthy, fun learning environment where young musicians can bond in learning and performance.

Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee, FL, 850-644-2508, website
The FSU School of Music is proud to host one of the oldest and most comprehensive summer music camps in the country. Recognized worldwide for its musical and instructional quality, over 1200 students from 27 states and 7 foreign countries attended our camps last summer. Our website contains all of the information needed to select the camp most appropriate for your musical interests. Some camps offer a variety of large ensemble experiences including concert bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber music ensembles, and choral ensembles. Other camps, such as our piano, vocal solo, double reed, double bass camps provide specialized instruction. Additionally, our Marching Band Leadership Camp (one of the most popular in the country) provides specific experiences in developing leadership skills. Many camps offer experiences in music theory, private lessons, conducting, guitar, steel drum, and a variety of multicultural music ensembles. Finally, each camp provides a variety of supervised social, musical, and recreational activities to enhance each student’s experience.

French Woods Camp, Hancock, NY, 800-634-1703,
Residential camp offering individualized programs in performing and visual arts.
Ages 7-17.
Concert band, jazz band, pit orchestras, symphony orchestra, rock band, chamber ensembles, theater, dance, circus, visual arts, land and water sports.

Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy, Frostburg, MD.
Scholarships Available!
Telford International Competition
July 26-Aug.2, Senior Academy Age 14+
Aug.5-12, Junior Academy Age 7-13
Develop your individual musicianship skills for string, woodwind, brass, percussion and piano instrumentalists in a supportive environment! Instructors are FSU Music Department faculty, American String Quartet  Member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Founder of College ParkYouth Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Cello Quartet.
Early Bird Registration: byJan. 31, 2020: $25
Feb 1 -March 31: $75
April 1- June 1: $125

Gettysburg Chamber Music Workshop, June 12-16, 2009
A Workshop designed for college-age and above string players; enrollment limited to 40 persons from which 10 quartets will be formed.
Faculty: Robert Battey, cello, Doug Wolters, cello, Melissa Ruof, violin/viola, Carl Iba, violin/viola, and Norman Nunamaker, violin/viola, and Director of the Workshop
Contact person: Norman Nunamaker, 717-334-5508, or email

Hartwick College Summer Music Festival & Institute, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, 800-388-0337,
Residential program offering opportunities in band, choral, orchestra, jazz, music theatre, piano, guitar and chamber music. The Institute is a program offered for students 15 or older who intend to pursue music professionally.
Ages 8-22.2-, 4-, and 6-week sessions
Private lessons, 2-week sessions with distinguished visiting artists, classes in computer technology in music, jazz history styles and analysis. For Institute students, there are special chamber ensembles and courses offered for high school or college credit (for which a student must attend all 6 weeks of the Festival).

Indiana University Summer String Academy, Bloomington, IN, 812-855-6025,
Residential program for serious young string players to study under renowned faculty; 4.5 hrs. per day practice, plus 2 hrs. of chamber music.
Audition required
Ages: 12-18
Private lessons, chamber ensembles, 4-1/2 hrs. daily practice, chamber orchestra, master classes, performance opportunities, professional chamber music concerts.

Ingenium Academy International Summer School for Music, Winchester, England,
The Ingenium Academy is a residential summer school based in the beautifully historic town of Winchester, England.

We are looking for talented 14-18 year old instrumentalists and singers from all over the world to be part of our fantastic community of young musicians.
The Ingenium Academy offers its students a unique musical and cultural experience with exclusive tuition from world renowned musicians, performances in top British venues and the opportunity to meet like-minded friends from all over the world within our environment of creative excellence.

During the summer programme, students receive top class tuition, rehearse and perform a diverse and challenging array of repertoire and discover new genres of music through our broad range of workshops and activities. In addition to the enriching musical curriculum, students also uncover historical Britain in the glorious city of Winchester and enjoy day trips to nearby London. We immerse our students in a cultural adventure where they will meet and form friendships with other talented young musicians from all over the world.
The heart of The Ingenium Academy lies within in our distinguished faculty, which is comprised of the UK’s finest teachers and musicians. Our team includes names from the Royal Academy of Music, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the London Symphony Orchestra and multi-grammy award winning a cappella group The Swingle Singers.

Our 1, 2, 3 and 4-week programmes include Orchestral, Vocal, Piano, Saxophone, Chamber Music, Conducting and Composition. The course runs in July and August, please see our websites for this year’s course dates.

Auditions for the Ingenium Academy are open, and operate on a first-come first-served basis – so don’t delay!

InterHarmony International Music Festival, 212.426.5556
Residential music/arts camp.
Auditions are required for some tracks.
The InterHarmony International Music Festival offers you the opportunity to spend almost six weeks in Italy and Germany studying with an internationally renowned faculty of many well-known soloists and chamber musicians.The festival hosts three sessions in two locations, for violin, viola, cello, bass, woodwinds, voice, and piano. Students may go to one session or all three. They study solo, chamber music, and orchestra with famous musicians from all over the world. Advanced students who attend InterHarmony in Europe may be chosen to play in the InterHarmony Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy: Session I: July 4 – 16, 2018
Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy: Session II: July 17 – 29, 2018
Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany, Session III: July 31 – August 12, 2018

Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI, 231-276-7472,
Residential music/arts camp. Auditions are required for some tracks.
Ages 8-18.
Private lessons, instrument exploration, music theory, small and large ensembles; advanced string quartet institute; also, recreational opportunities such as swimming and boating.
Symphonia Tuba-Euphonium Workshop
Performance-oriented workshop with world class artists as faculty.
Ages: high school, college, amateur and professional musicians
Fees depend upon time of registration, housing plan, etc.
Valade Master Teacher Program
Program for 24 competitively-selected violin and cello students enrolled at Interlochen. Audition required.
Grades 9-12.
Provides intensive individual and ensemble study with two distinguished musicians.of practice a day. Interlochen, however, also offers a basic camp experience with campfires, etc.

International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, High School Honors Division website
The International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, High School Honors Division, is a fully supervised college-campus resident experience, offering high school flutists the opportunity to experience teaching and performances by world-renowned flutists and university professors from the orchestral, classical and jazz fields. Tuition includes master class participation, music theory classes, specialized flute technique classes, flute chamber music and ensemble involvement, tickets to daily gala concerts, and performance participation in a closing celebration concert!

Dates: July 17, 3:00p.m. – July 22, 1:00p.m.
Ages: Ninth grade through graduating seniors
Registration Fee: $35
Tuition: $190 before May 1; $220 after May 1
Optional Private Lessons: $20/$40/$80
Housing: Double occupancy dorm room: $106; Single occupancy dorm room: $212.

Participants will be housed in the Evansdale Residential Complex (Towers) on the campus of West Virginia University with 24 hour front desk/ campus security and councilor supervision.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch package $17/day
Parents: $40/day

Kinhaven Music School, Weston, Vermont, 610-868-9200,
Residential summer music school focusing on chamber music, in non-competitive way. Also, recreation program, crafts, sports. Audition required.
Chamber groups, private lessons, orchestra, large ensembles, chorus, chamber choir.

Lamont School Of Music Summer Pre-college Academy at University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 812-336-4779, website
Age 14-18
Featuring the Lamont School of Music’s new state-of-the-art facilities, the Academy provides students with a broad spectrum of music study, including private lessons and master classes with renowned faculty, as well as workshops on conducting, improvisation, theory, computer composition and World music throughout the fifteen-day session. Chamber music, combos, orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and musical theater are also offered.
The Academy promotes an all-encompassing experience for musicians, with recreational opportunities on and off-campus. Housing and dining is in Nelson Hall, in air-conditioned, suite-style rooms with double occupancy.

Lutheran Summer Music Academy, Decorah, IA, 888-635-6583,
June 26 – July 24, 2011
LSM is a training and performance program for 150 orchestra, choir, band, and keyboard students of all faiths grades 8 – 12. Students participate in a comprehensive program which includes individual lessons; coached chamber ensembles; jazz and early music ensembles; musicianship classes; concert orchestra, choir and/or band; electives ranging from conducting to jazz improvisation; recitals by the faculty; and a festival of concerts. Significant financial assistance is available.

Lebanon Valley College Summer Music Camp, Annville, PA, 717-867-6289,
Residential program focused on having fun while making good music. Students plan their own program, choosing from a mix of seminars, ensembles, and private instruction.
Ages: Grades 9-12.
Concert band/wind ensemble, string orchestra, jazz band, percussion ensemble, brass choir, woodwind choir, small chamber ensembles, master classes, private lessons, electives in jazz improvisation, music theory, music through the ages, group piano, group guitar, music technology, faculty and student recitals, seminars in auditioning, the language of music, and the business of music; also, sports, movies, picnic, evening at Hersheypark.

Long Lake Camp for the Arts, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 800-767-7111,
Founded in 1969 by Maestro David Katz Associate Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Founder of The Queens Symphony Orchestra- our program combines unlimited music opportunities with social development and fun in a very creative and inspiring summer music camp. We specialize in all styles of music from Classical to Rock. We offer private lessons as well as ensembles- orchestra’s- choruses and solo’s. We are located in a stunning part of the Adirondack park. As well as music our campers can enjoy, fine arts, drama, dance, circus, magic and a wonderful waterfront plus a fun non competitive sports department

Lotus Chamber Music Festival, Walla Walla, Washington
Lotus Chamber Music Festival is open to string players and pianists of all ages, ranging from talented high school students to young professionals.
The Lotus Chamber Music Festival provides a unique educational experience for accomplished young artists by combining a summer music festival with a holistic wellness retreat. This two-week getaway helps students create a union of mind, body, spirit, and music-making in a nurturing, supportive environment. In addition to musician’s wellness classes, private lessons, chamber coachings, masterclasses, and performance opportunities, students will have ample free time to practice, journal, and explore the quaint downtown Walla Walla. We believe that physical and mental wellness are essential for achieving the highest levels of consistency and quality in performance. Our mission is to bring together a supportive community of musicians who wish explore, learn, and grow together. We support students on their path to achieving peak performance, career longevity, and a personally meaningful and balanced life.

Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne, NY. 518-696-2771;
Audition tape may be requested. Residential program for to help young musicians develop their abilities at their own levels, challenging the very talented but also helping young people who still need to discover the joy of music. Philadelphia Orchestra members perform and teach.
Ages: 11-14 for junior session; 15-19 for senior session.
Orchestra, string orchestra, brass ensemble, chamber music, jazz ensemble, conducting, master classes, piano studies, vocal studies, concerts. Numerous recreational activities, particularly water-based ones, dances, skit night.

The MasterWorks Festival, Winona Lake, IN, 888-836-2723,
The MasterWorks Festival is a four-week classical performing arts training program that offers advanced and passionate students of music, dance, and theatre the opportunity to learn from professional Christian performing artists in their respective field. What sets MasterWorks apart from other summer festivals is the integration of faith with the performing arts, creating an artistic environment unlike any other. Located in the picturesque community of Winona Lake, Indiana, MasterWorks offers top-level students ten different programs, an opportunity to work with nearly 100 faculty and guest artists from around the world and spiritual teaching designed specifically for performing artists. Some of the world’s finest performers have been a part of MasterWorks including Midori, Christopher Parkening, Rebecca Wright, Jeanette Clift George, John Dalley, Lawrence Dutton, John Kirby, Anne Martindale Williams, David Hardy, Doug Yeo, Hugh Sung, Steve Rooks, Jimmy Sites, Christine Smith, Steve Hendrickson, John Nelson, Phil Smith, Paula Robison, Stephen Clapp, the Ying String Quartet, and many others. Over 40 performances during the Festival include two weekly orchestral performances, a full length dance program with orchestra, a fully staged theater production, piano recitals, chamber music recitals, concerti with guest artists, as well as Faculty Recitals, the Student Honors Recital, the Concerto Competition and numerous community performing opportunities. MasterWorks’ greatest feature is its vibrant community of classical Christian performing artists. This unique atmosphere inspires artistic excellence and Biblically sound teaching. Join us this summer as we pursue artistic excellence and spiritual growth!

Meadowmount School of Music, Westport, NY, 734-662-4126,
Residential camp for rigorous practice and coaching on violin, viola, cello, and piano, for accomplished students training for professional music careers. Auditions required.
Ages 8 – 30.Practice with assistance from monitors, concerts, chamber music, master classes, private lessons.

Midwest Young Artists Summer Music Festival, Lake Forest, IL, 847-926-9898,
Designed to offer students an unparalleled music experience and a fun and supportive environment to grow musically and individually over the summer. Our outstanding faculty who love to teach will inspire students to explore new ideas, discover new talents, and learn skills that will stay with them forever. Both residential and commuter options available.
Auditions required for certain workshops.
For students grades 7-12.
Chamber, orchestra, jazz, music theatre/opera, recording and editing workshops. Includes master classes, performances, classes in music history and theory, tours.

Mountains & Strings Chamber Music Retreat, Harriman State Park, Idaho. 208-359-6126;
String students from all over the country bring their violins, violas, cellos, and basses to have the experience of an intense chamber music camp combined with a life changing outdoor adventure. Nestled between Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Mountain Range, Harriman State Park of Idaho is the perfect setting for young string players to experience chamber music, friendship, and the beauty of nature. Students at the retreat are each assigned to a small chamber ensemble (string quartet or trio) where they receive coaching from professional performers and teachers. In addition to string quartets and other small ensembles, all students participate in a chamber orchestra. Students also have the opportunity to attend violin, viola, and cello master classes and participate in fiddling, viola, and cello choirs. Performances include the student quartet concert and the Mountains & Strings Chamber Orchestra concert in Harriman State Park. Outdoor activities during the week include daytime and evening hikes in Harriman State Park, outdoor barbecues, games, and initiative classes.

Camp MSM at Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY. 917-493-4475;
Ages 8-17
Residential option available for ages 12-17
Camp MSM provides instruction and performance experience in instrumental music and voice for students who have completed grades 3-11 (ages 8-17). Campers will develop their musical skills and join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities. Former campers have hailed from across the United States and from around the world.

Music for All Summer Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 800-848-2263, website
When: June 20-25, 2011 (leadership weekend June 18-20)
Ages: junior high to college.
Nation’s largest comprehensive, weeklong residential summer music camp. Choose concert band, jazz band, symphonic band, marching band, color guard, drum majors or directors/instructors tracks. Leading music educators provide instruction, and students enjoy world-class performances every evening. Early bird registration discount until March 31.

Music in the Mountains, PA
Provides young musicians an opportunity to concentrate on the study and performance of chamber music in a beautiful, peaceful setting in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. The program provides an experience that is unique in its intensity of musicianship and community.
Members of The Philadelphia Trio, assisted by other faculty, work with a select group of students, chosen by audition, ages 13-20, to encourage them in exploring some of the chamber music repertoire for strings and piano. The small size of the camp enables concentrated interaction between the coaches and the students throughout the two week summer session while living in the small village of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania.

New England Music Camp, Sydney, ME, 860-767-6530,
Residential camp featuring individually-designed programs in music, by faculty of professional musicians, most with doctorates in music performance. Camp also includes recreational and social activities. Audition required.
Ages 11 – 18.
Two orchestras, two bands, two choirs, stage band, two jazz ensembles, chamber music ensembles, classes in theory, music history, conducting, musical theatre, composition, sight singing, and steel drums. Mornings devoted to music, afternoons to recreation, evenings to recitals, dramatic presentations, and social activities.

The New York Summer Music Festival,
At SUNY Oneonta – Established in 1889 as a state school, SUNY Oneonta is a multi-purpose college of liberal arts and sciences, known for its exceptional facilities and its beautiful campus. Students are provided with opportunities to study extensively in many areas of instruction, including: Orchestras and bands for instrumentalists; Choral ensembles and original music theatre projects for vocalists; Composition workshops; A number of jazz classes and ensembles for those who desire intensive jazz training, and; Classes introducing new instruments, such as beginning piano and beginning guitar. In addition to supplemental classes spanning a wide range of ability levels and interests in areas of: music history, theory, computer technology in music, filmmaking, jazz improvisation, and many others!
Ages 10-20. Students may attend for 2, 4, or 6 weeks

Oberlin College Summer Institutes, Oberlin College, OH, 440-775-8044, website
The conservatory offers several free and fee-based programs and workshops during the summer.
Ages: High school and college students, teachers, and professional and amateur musicians.
Master classes, lessons, performance classes, recitals.

Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute, Hershey, PA,
All Ages
Suzuki Institute and Young Artist program for older studentsNon-residential: Musicians must find their own accomodations

Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA, 570-270-2186,
The Performing Arts Institute is an international summer program for serious high school students of music, theater and dance. Performance standards are advanced at PAI and enrollment is by audition.
Two orchestras, two choirs, wind ensemble, jazz band, jazz combos, chamber music, and academic classes are offered. Located at, PAI’s website provides detailed information including faculty bios, class offerings and a listening gallery.
Audition required.
Ages 12 – 18.

Philadelphia International Music Festival, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 856-875-6816,
The Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) features principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and regularly includes some 250 students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Participants choose one of six program options: Orchestra, Solo Performance, College Audition Preparation, Chamber Music Intensive, Piano, or Music Theatre & Opera. All programs are open to musicians ages 11 –19. There is a separate program, Music House, for college students and young professionals. All program options include: private lessons, master classes and faculty recitals with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; solo performance opportunities; concerto competitions; an optional chamber music program; daily private practice; daily ensemble rehearsals; daily music course options including sight reading, ear training, music history, theory, composition, or conducting; and festival-ending grand finales. Students may attend PIMF at Bryn Mawr College for one, two, three, or four weeks.

Point CounterPoint, Lake Dunmore, VT, 267-886-5359,
Since 1963 Point CounterPoint has brought the joys of chamber music to hundreds of young musicians. Situated on Lake Dunmore in soutern Vermont, Pint CounterPoint provides a serious music program for talented string and piano students (ages 8-17) within a closely-knit community of fellow musicians
We offer sessions from one to five weeks in length with daily coachings, private practive, music studies, chorus, performance workshops. Each session we have a Master Class, and a faculty concert.
During free time, there is canoeing, kayaking, hiing, arts and crafts, to name a few favorite activities.Our application process requires an audition and all details can be found on our website:

Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, Steamboat Springs, CO, 402-556-2411,
Residential music experience for serious string and harp students.
Audition required.Chamber music coaching, private instruction, master classes, interdisciplinary classes, harp ensemble, interdisciplinary classes such as sight singing, ear training, tae kwon do, art and music and photography; outdoor activities.

Rocky Ridge Music Center,
Founded in 1942, Rocky Ridge Music Center is a pioneer of residential music education in the United States. The mission of Rocky Ridge is to foster personal development through music, nature, and community. Students come from all over the world to study music in beautiful surroundings located at the foot of Longs Peak in Estes Park, Colorado. Rocky Ridge offers a variety of summer festival and camp programs as well as the Music in the Mountains Faculty Concert Series. With unprecedented individual attention due to the low student to faculty ratio of 3:1, young musicians (ages 10-24) can study any orchestral instrument, piano, voice, or composition with highly qualified resident and visiting faculty. There are also workshops for adults in piano, early music, chamber music, and American folk music.

-Young Artist Program (ages 15-24, by audition) 5 weeks
-Junior Music Camps (ages 10-15) 2 sessions, 2 weeks each
-Adult Piano Seminars (ages 18 and up, all levels) 2 sessions, 5 days each, can be combined
-Chamber Music Workshop (ages 18 and up) 5 days
-Chamberre in the Rockies (ages 18 and up) 3 to 5 days
-Early Music Academy (ages 18 and up, all levels) 5 days
-American Roots Music Program (ages 18 and up) 4 days during Labor Day weekend

Savvy Composers Workshop, Charlotte, NC,, email
Two week composition workshop in June. Savvy Composers’ Workshop will be an opportunity for composers and advanced students of composition to develop their knowledge and skills in composing. Participants will have performances of original pieces written for string quartet, piano, and/or guitar. Lectures and master classes by renowned guest composers and performances, readings, and recordings by world-class musicians. There is an optional choreographer & composer collaboration.
Register Early and get $50 off! (see website for more info)

The Sound of America, Europe, 717-245-2826,
Concert tour of 6 countries in Europe, following 5 days of practice and orientation at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Audition required (in past, audition was waived for All-State participants; no information about that yet this year).
Ages: high school.
Band rehearsals, 10 concerts including performance at Disneyland Paris, special manuscript arrangements written for this band.

Sarteano Chamber Choral Workshop, Italy, 781-652-0158,

Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Program, Spoleto, Italy, 919-848-0663,
Audition required.
Intensive interdisciplinary program focusing on the arts and the humanities (including vocal and orchestral music), housed in a 15th-century convent in Central Italy. Offers opportunity to explore academic and artistic interests through exposure to an integrated style of learning in a unique European setting. Mission is to provide a challenging and innovative experience for students who have the desire to expand their knowledge while immersed in a diverse and vibrant culture. Co-sponsored by a consortium of independent American schools.
Ages: 15-19.
Private lessons, chamber music, orchestral ensembles; give several concerts in Spoleto and neighboring towns. Structured courses in Arts & Ideas and Italian; electives in such topics as Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture, History of Italian Opera, etc. Excursions to historically and artistically rich cities in Italy twice a week. Also, tennis, swimming, basketball, weight-training.

Stringwood Summer Chamber Music, St. Paul, MN, (651)-238-4945
Audition Required
Stringwood Summer Chamber Music is an outstanding summer program founded in 2000 by the Artaria String Quartet for talented string players ages 12 – 19. In step with the rich musical traditions of America’s finest chamber music centers, Stringwood provides an opportunity for intensive study and mentoring in the wooded ecosystem of southeast Minnesota.

Students at Stringwood start their day with personal practice, quartet rehearsal, and a coaching with a member of the Artaria String Quartet. After lunch, they receive a private lesson or do personal practice, and participate in masterclasses with the ASQ and visiting guest artists. Late afternoons and evenings, are spent canoeing, rock wall climbing, or GPS-ing with highly skilled naturalists who are in residence at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. Festival artist concerts take place at the Commonweal Theatre on Wednesday evenings, and students perform at area B & B’s other nights of the week. Weekends are filled with special events including Stringwood Young Artists on tour, radio performances, shopping, and the annual bike trail ride along the Root River to the Whalen Pie Shoppe.

University of North Carolina Greensboro Summer Music Camp, Greensboro, NC, 800-999-2869,
Largest university-sponsored music camp; residential program for band, orchestra, mixed chorus, and piano.
Grades 6-12 (bands and orchestras divided by age)
3 bands, 2 orchestras, sectionals, private lessons, staff recitals; also, recreation, movies, party, swimming, tennis.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler, Whistler, BC, Canada, 604-684-9100 ext 246, website
June 24 – July 3, 2019
THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE, on the exquisite Pacific Ocean-front campus of the University of British Columbia, offers young musicians an experience and education like no other. Students are immersed in a collaborative, nurturing musical environment, mentored by musicians of the Grammy and Juno Award-winning VSO and internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Otto Tausk. At the VSOI, students participate in the Institute Orchestra, chamber music, instrumental coachings, masterclasses, and a variety of exceptional performance opportunities. Playing and learning in the breathtaking, arts-rich surroundings of the city of Vancouver, your time at the VSOI will be an unforgettable musical experience close to nature, a world-class orchestra, and outstanding young musicians from around the globe. 2019 repertoire: Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)- Pictures at an Exhibition, Shostakovich- Symphony No. 5. Mussorgsky- Night on Bald Mountain, Prokofiev- The Love for Three Oranges March

Walden School, Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire, 415-648-4710;
The Walden School Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18. Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in Dublin, NH. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors.

The 2016 Young Musicians Program takes place from July 2 through August 7. For more information and for an application, please visit our website:

Western Illinois University: Summer Music Camp, Macomb, IL, 309-298-1505 , website
Must be seventh grade or higher
Senior High Specialty Camps — June 11-14 *
Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass and Steel Pan Percussion Ensemble
Session I — June 14-20 * Senior High Concert Band Camp * Senior High Vocal/Choral Camp * Senior High Orchestra Camp * Senior High Piano Camp
Session II Camps — June 21-27 * Junior High Vocal/Choral Camp * Junior High Concert Band Camp
Session III Camps — June 28 – July 3 * Junior-Senior High Jazz Improvisation Camp * Senior High Drum Major Camp

Wind Chamber Music Institute, Frostburg State University, 301-687-4381, website
The Wind Chamber Music Institute provides a creative and intense course of study open to high school music students (grades 9-12) who play flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon.

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, Wintergreen, VA
Dates for 2014 are July 7-Aug 3.
We are an intensive chamber music festival and feature chamber music programs for violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, and trombone students. The level/ability range is equally spread from high school students through DMA students. The age range is generally 16-30.

Our website is quite comprehensive with all programs offered and details about the festival:

The Young Eight String Seminar Program,
Application deadline is early May.
This seminar is a one-week program designed to educate, inspire and develop young string musicians (14 and older) in the field of classical music. Application and complete details may be found at
Contact: Mariana Green-Hill, Director of Admissions, 512-374-1631 or at

Zodiac Music Academy and Festival,, Valdeblore, Cote D’Azur (South of France)
July 2-15, 2014
The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival invites advance students and young professionals to spend two weeks of intense musical training and performing in one of the most stunningly beautiful corners of the world: the South of France, Côte d’Azur.

Tucked away in the heights of the French Alps, the Festival makes its home in a historic mountain town of Valdeblore, and boasts an internationally-renowned faculty, acclaimed guest artists and ample performing opportunities throughout the region. ZMAF offer three main programs: Instrumental, Composition and Collaborative Piano.

With a special emphasis reserved for chamber music, this personalized course offers young musicians the opportunity to explore the French school of music-making via masterclasses with renowned French guest artists, perform for European audiences and be inspired by an international faculty, all in an informal setting.