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Program: Elm City ChamberFest Summer Music Program for High School Students, Middle School Students, and Elementary Students: New Haven, Connecticut
Program Description: Founded in 2005, Elm City ChamberFest is a two-week intensive chamber music program that takes place in New Haven, CT, for intermediate and advanced string students ages 8 – 18 and piano students ages 13 - 18. In addition to participating in their weekly chamber music performances, students, in small 5:1 student to teacher ratio class sizes, receive daily coachings, private lessons and master classes from ECCF faculty. Students also participate in guest artist master classes and coachings throughout the two weeks as well as have the opportunity to attend concerts by a group of world class faculty and guest artists as part of an evening concert series.
Additionally, the ECCF program includes a variety of electives and enrichment classes such as string orchestra, cello choir, music theory, choir, Jazz, Klezmer, Theater Improvisation, Yoga, and Alexander Technique.

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Program: Susquehanna University High School Choral Institute - Summer Music Program: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Description: Susquehanna's High School Choral Institute is a unique summer performance experience for serious high school singers. This week-long residential program focuses on improving students' musicianship, vocal technique and choral performance skills. Program highlights include working with Susquehanna conductors and voice faculty. Selection is competitive and based on letter of recommendation from a choral director, voice teacher, pastor or counselor. A limited number of scholarships are available and cost includes tuition, room and board.
Participants: Highs school students entering grades 9-12.
Program website: Susquehanna University High School Choral Institute

Program: Bowling Green Summer Music Institute for High School Students and Middle School Students:  Bowling Green, Ohio
Description: The Summer Music Institute is a program of intensive music camps designed for high school and junior high school students, sponsored by the College of Musical Arts. Starting from two one-week music camps in 1981, the Summer Music Institute has grown to as many as nine camps each summer. A College of Musical Arts faculty member serves as the director of each camp and is responsible for staff assignments and curriculum.
Participants:  High school students and middle school students.
Program websiteBowling Green University Summer Music Institute
Program: Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Music Program for High School Students: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Description: The Pre-College Music Program offers a unique view of the life of a music student at Carnegie Mellon in a supportive environment of study and performance. It is an ideal opportunity to experience a world-class conservatory program and discover your potential for a career in music. Coupled with the rich cultural life of the city of Pittsburgh and varied campus activities, the Pre-College Music Program is an extraordinary way for young musicians to spend their summer.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Music Program
Program: Christian Howes' Creative Strings Workshop: Columbus, Ohio
Description: Learn jazz, improvisation, and other alternative strings styles with some of the world's leading string educators at the Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, June 29-July 4, 2014!

Learn from and perform alongside world-class teaching artists Christian Howes, Billy Contreras, Jason Anick, Hamilton Hardin, Cedric Easton, Alex Hargreaves, Robert Anderson, Paul Brown, Greg Byers, and more. This amazing learning opportunity will be an unforgettable and inspiring week of improvisational music filled with rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts in jazz, fiddle styles, blues, rock and more. The Creative Strings Workshop is open to players of all playing levels, ages 16 and up. We will create a learning course catered to your performance level to make sure you get the most out of the week.

Participate in masterclasses and rehearsals during the day, then apply what you learned through multiple live performances taking place throughout the city of Columbus that are open to the public. The Workshop combines aspects of your traditional summer camp with the life of a gigging musician.

Don't know how to improvise or play jazz? That's fine! Each year we have many first-timers that come to the Workshop, and leave with a firm understanding of jazz and improvisation that they can easily build upon. The learning doesn't stop when the Workshop ends, as you'll also have the support and guidance of the faculty, even after you leave Columbus.

Participants:  High school students and middle school students (ages 10 - 16).
Program websiteChristian Howes's Creative Strings Workshop

Program: Vocal Performance Institute at the University of Dayton for High School Students: Dayton, Ohio
Description: The Vocal Performance Institute is a week-long summer program for high school aged singers. It gives students a chance to experience college music curriculum and to work with fabulous resident artists from the University of Dayton, Dayton Opera and the Human Race Theatre. Workshops that include audition techniques, stage comportment, introduction to diction (and more!) are combined with daily voice lessons and regular master-classes to complete a power-packed week of inspiration and learning. This institute is a wonderful experience for those planning to major in music or those who simply love to perform and want to learn more. Both resident and commuter participants are welcome.

The University of Dayton is extremely generous with scholarships. Over 90% of past participants received sizable aid. That combined with our highly qualified faculty, fantastic facilities and expanded curriculum make us one of Ohio's premier summer programs!

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Participants: High school students.
Program website: Vocal Performance Music Institute

Program: University of Denver Lamont School of Music Summer Academy for High School Students: Denver, Colorado
Program Description: Equipping pre-college musicians for success in the 21st century, the University of Denver Lamont School of Music Summer Academy provides a 2-week intensive music experience in state-of-the-art facilities with outstanding artist faculty! Curriculum includes private lessons, master classes, chamber music, orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, jazz combo, music theatre, experimental and steel drum ensembles, recitals, music technology, conducting, theory, collaborative piano, Alexander technique, diction for singers, special topic seminars including music business, concerto/aria competition, recreational activities and more!
Participants: Instrumentalists, singers, pianists and composers, ages 14 through 18 (some age exceptions).
Program website: University of Denver Lamont School of Music Summer Academy
Program: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs for High School Students - Summer Music Programs: Boston Massachusetts
Description: Emerson College offers 5-week pre-college academic summer programs in filmmaking, acting, musical theatre performing, stage design, and creative writing; and 2-week programs in journalism and political communication (PAL). At Emerson, students focus on acquiring skills by doing, meet other students who share their passion for arts and communication, and gain an understanding of college life.
Participants: High school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the current academic year may apply to programs in Stage Design, Filmmaking, Creative Writing, Journalism, or Political Communication. Students entering grades 11 and 12 may apply to Studio Programs in Acting or Musical Theatre. Rising seniors and exceptional rising juniors may apply to participate in Pre-College Credit Programs in either Film Writing or Film Production, where they will earn 8-college credits upon successful completion of the 5-week credit program.
Program website: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs
Program: Grammy Camp - Interactive Summer Music Experience: Multiple Locations
Description: GRAMMY Camp, an interactive summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music, provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. This summer 2014, four GRAMMY Camps (three residential) take place in locations across the country.

The GRAMMY Camp curriculum engages students in the technical aspects of creating, performing and recording, and emphasizes new and emerging music technologies. The program offers campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams in seven tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Music Business; Music Journalism; a Performance track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings; Video Production; and Songwriting. Select career tracks are offered in each location. All tracks culminate in media projects, album recordings, an open house, and/or performances.
U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and track-specific requirements at The application fee is $25 per person and a separate financial assistance form is available to needs-based students. Financial assistance for residential camps is also available to qualified students.

Participants: U.S. high school students.
Program website: Grammy Camp: An Interactive Summer Music Experience

Program: Malone University Academic Summer Camps: Canton, Ohio
Description: Malone University (MU) will host six residential academic camps during the week of June 22, 2015, complete with hands-on activities, field trips, social activities, and meals in the campus dining commons.

  • Chamber Music Camp: For pianists and string, brass, woodwind, and percussion players. In collaboration with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, MU faculty will coach students in the art of listening and communicating like professional musicians in a chamber ensemble setting.
  • Zoo and Wildlife Biology Camp: Develop hands-on skills like animal handling, environmental monitoring, and field identification of local plant and animal species.
  • Young Writers Camp: Workshops in poetry and fiction, dedicated writing time, and inspiring trips to the city and country will be capped off by a public reading of participants’ writing.
  • Science Careers Camp: See forensic scientists help catch criminals, learn how chemists keep our environment clean and examine a variety of health science career options. Hands-on activities include isolating and analyzing DNA samples, making pain-killers, and testing water samples for pollution.
  • Nursing Camp: Receive CPR certification, tour area hospital facilities, chat with professionals in the field about preparing for a career in nursing, and gain exposure to EMS and paramedic fields.
  • Computer Science Camp: Sharpen skills in software development for PC, mobile, and web, as well as computer hardware platforms, operating systems, networking, and video game development.

Participants: Rising sophomores through rising seniors are eligible to participate (Chamber Music Camp is open to 7th through 12th graders).
Program website: Malone University Academic Summer Camps

Program: Northern Arizona University Summer Music Program for High School and Middle School Students: Flagstaff, Arizona
Description: Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU offers abundant opportunities for performance. Campers participate in one major ensemble during which time they work with prominent musicians from across the country. NAU faculty and other clinicians work closely with campers to develop understanding and improvement in specialized areas of interest. Every primary ensemble performs a concert at the end of each week. The final performance is a chance for the campers to enjoy and share the results of their hard work during camp with each other as well as friends and family! Campers will also have an opportunity to audition to perform for their peers in the annual student honor recital, student chamber recital, and the variety show. Pianists will put on a formal recital on the stage of Ashurst Hall at the conclusion of each session.
Participants: High School Students and Middle School Students.
Program website: Northern Arizona University Summer Music Program
Program: Oberlin College Summer Vocal Music Program for High School Students: Oberlin, Ohio
Description: The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is pleased to present the Vocal Academy for High-School Students, a nine-day, intensive workshop that offers dedicated high school voice students age 16 years and older (high school graduates are excluded) an opportunity to explore the many facets involved in developing the singer's art. Technical work will include the development of posture, breathing, phonation, resonance, and articulation. Daily master classes in performance will deal with performance practice, diction, style, phrasing, and textual communication. Classes also will cover such topics as preparation for auditions, stage deportment, characterizations, presentation of songs, and analysis and understanding of texts. Private lessons are included in the tuition. Acting classes will focus heavily on song interpretation. We will encourage students to develop more freedom of movement and gesture while singing. Improvisational exercises will create awareness of non-verbal communication skills and help develop spontaneous creativity.
Participants:  Students age 16 and older.
Program websiteOberlin College Summer Vocal Music Program
Program: Summer Discovery - Pre-college Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students - Music Workshops
Description: Summer Discovery is an all-inclusive pre-college experience; living on a college campus, participating in activities, exploring great cities, having fun and making friends from all over the world. Freedom with support and balance, that's Summer Discovery. For over 48 years, high school students from around the globe have enjoyed summers filled with fun, educational, and innovative activities. While visiting our website, take time to learn about our over 300 course offerings at your program of interest - college credit, research, engineering, sport management, leadership programs, SAT prep, enrichment, writing, community service, college admissions prep, tennis, cooking, and many others. Summer Discovery offers programs at 13 different locations in 4 countries, and works with universities of the highest caliber, such as University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Georgetown, and many more! We invite you to join a wonderful group of teenagers from all over the U.S. and around the world this summer and experience a great summer program for teens!
Participants: High school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (ages 14-18).
Program website: Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Programs - Music Workshops
Program: Discovery Internships - Summer Internship Programs for High School Students - Internships in Music Production & Business
Description: The Discovery Internships program is a 4 week all-inclusive summer internship experience. We offer customized internships in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, London, and Shanghai in 25+ industries including Finance, Entrepreneurship, Medicine, Law, Fashion, Film & Television, Public Relations, Veterinary Medicine and many more. Whether you are a high school student looking to gain clarity on college choices or fields of potential study or just looking for a meaningful summer in one of the greatest cities in the world, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your needs, Discovery Internships' customized programs will help you explore your future. In addition to gaining hands-on, career-focused learning opportunities, participants explore and live in an exciting city. Our programs feature a safe and fun living and learning environment based in a college residence hall. A meal plan, 24-hour staff supervision, and a host of cultural, recreational, and other community events and excursions around the city are all included. Our participants receive access to supplementary professional development workshops that enhance the internship learning experience and help students excel in both the college classroom and the workplace. Students receive academic credit for their internship and completion of coursework from New York University (NYU).
Participants: High school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 (ages 15-18).
Program website: Discovery Internships in Music Production & Business
Program: Jr. Discovery Summer Enrichment Program for Middle School Students
Description: Jr. Discovery is a unique 3 week summer enrichment experience for teenagers completing grades 6, 7 and 8. At Jr. Discovery, learning is everywhere - in the classroom, dorm room, dining hall, on-stage, the tennis court or ball field, on trips and excursions, and the daily interaction between peers, dynamic teachers and Resident Counselors. Since 1966, the Musiker Family has been directing outstanding educational experiences for teenagers. As parents ourselves, we realize middle school students are at an important crossroads in their development. Life poses many new challenges, opportunities, emotions, and rewards. Jr. Discovery is designed to facilitate a positive transition from adolescence to young adulthood and from middle school to high school. Our innovative Skills for Mind and Body curriculum inspires independent thinking, creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, time management and life skills. Additionally, through cooperative living and positive mentoring by a superb group of Resident Counselors, our students experience the finest, caring supervision, group dynamics, and mutual respect. Best of all, Jr. Discovery is a summer of new friendships with students from all over the USA and the world. In the Jr. Discovery community, everyone is welcome and everyone belongs. We look forward to welcoming you to our community this summer.
Participants: Middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 (ages 12-14).
Program website: Junior Discovery Summer Enrichment Programs
Program: Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute - Summer Music Program: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Description: Susquehanna University offers a unique summer performance experience for high school musicians. This week-long, residential program focuses on chamber music and symphonic wind ensemble performance. Students work with Director of Bands Eric L. Hinton, Ph.D., HonFBC, as well as other distinguished Susquehanna faculty members during chamber music rehearsals, private lessons, seminars and unforgettable performances. Selection is competitive. Need-based and merit-based scholarships are available and cost includes tuition, room and boardApplication and recorded audition information can be found online.
Participants: Highs school students entering grades 9-12.
Program website: Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute
Program: Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students for High School Students - Recording Studio and Acting & Musical Theatre: Syracuse, NY
Description:  Summer College offers unique programs designed to let students explore talents and interests through credit and noncredit academic programs ranging from 2 to 6-weeks in length. Courses and programs are offered in more than 25 academic departments. All programs are designed to give you a realistic view of undergraduate coursework in a field that interests you.
Participants:  Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school
Program website: Syracuse University Summer College
Program: SUMMER JAZZ INSTITUTE – University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Description: This 7-day workshop provides a positive and fun learning environment through lectures, master classes, jam sessions, performances, and even a recording experience. Participants immerse themselves in improvisation, performance, and arranging with established professional jazz musician/educators.
Participants: Middle school and high school students.
Program website: Summer Jazz Institute
Program: ART SONG FESTIVAL & WORKSHOP – University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Description: The Art Song Festival and Workshop (5 days) is dedicated to promoting recital performances as well as to training singers and collaborative pianists in the fine art of recital planning and performance. Taught by internationally respected faculty, this festival is packed with master classes, voice lessons, coaching sessions and recital performances as well as classes geared for the student and emerging professional singer and pianist.
Participants: High school age and up.
Program website: Art Song Festival and Workshop
Program: FLUTE CAMP WITH JOEL TSE – University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Description: Joel Tse, principal flute for the Toledo Symphony and flute instructor for the University of Toledo heads this amazing, intense workshop in flute. Students are trained in breathing technique, piccolo and rhythm; receive master class coaching and perform in concert.
Participants: Middle school and high school students.
Program website: Flute Summer Camp
Program: Webster University Summer Music Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: St. Louis, Missouri
Description: Webster summer music camps offers students a variety of options to pursue their musical interests. Camp sessions include: Band Camp, Flute Camp, Low Brass Week, Chamber Music, Strings, and Composing.
Participants: Students who will be entering grades 7 - 12 in the Fall
Program Website: Webster University Summer Music Camps
Program: Western Connecticut State University Summer Music Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Danbury, Connecticut
DescriptionSummer Strings:  The WCSU Chamber Music Camp for strings is designed to provide students with the opportunity to improve their instrumental music skills, practice in orchestral groups, and earn from the summer camp staff members. Each students will receive a placement in an ensemble and the camp culminates with a concert. Students also receive sectional coaching from experienced experts with specific instruments.
Band and Jazz: The WCSU Summer Music Camp is a residential camp that provides the oopportunity for students to perform in traditional concert band, jazz band and orchestra at three different levels. Students also have a chance to take electrives such as music theory, class piano and music technology. Each student will have an ensemble placement and the camp culminates with a concert for the parents.
Flute: Julius Baker Flute Master Class is an intensive workshop for flutists of all ages. Students can attend as performers or auditors. There is a commuter or residendetial option at Western Connecticut State University.
Participants:  High School Students and Middle School Students.
Program website: Western Connecticut State Summer Music Camps

Note: This website is for information purposes only and the information provided about the summer programs and camps is subject to change. The website is maintained by MHH Educational Consulting, LLC. It should not be assumed that MHH Educational Consulting, LCC verifies the information contained on the external websites of the summer programs and camps included on this website. It is recommended that students, parents, educators, and other interested parties carefully review the information that is provided on the specific websites of all summer programs and camps of interest. It also recommended that students, parents, educators, and other entities directly contact representatives of any programs and camps of interest to verify information and to find out additional information. The use of the term 'best' on this website is based on the subjective view of MHH Educational Consulting, LLC. This website does not provide information about the safety and supervision of the summer programs and camps include on the site. It is recommended that students, parents, and others contact all summer programs and camps directly to inquire about safety and supervision measures.


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