Summer Music Festivals & Summer Opportunities

Summer Music Programs
If you are entering your junior or senior year (although you don’t have to wait until then), you are coming upon an important time when you should begin utilizing summers to prepare for your next step beyond Puget Sound.  Summers should now be a time when you gain performance, teaching, working, or internship experience specific to your career aspirations.  This selective list provides a sampling of programs for which you might consider applying or auditioning.

Listings on this page are provided for information purposes only.  They do not constitute a formal endorsement by the School of Music or the University of Puget Sound.  If there is a program you know that you think should be added to the list, please let the music office know.

Music Programs

Aspen Music Festival
This is a nine-week festival with over 350 events and David Zinman as the musical director.  It includes more than 750 students and 200 artist-faculty.  Opportunities are available for all wind and string instruments, guitar, voice, composition, audio recording, and conducting.  Puget Sound has consistently sent students to this festival located in Aspen, Colorado.

Atlantic Music Festival
AMF provides complete financial coverage for tuition and housing during the four weeks of residency. The Fellowship Program seeks gifted young artists for the following disciplines: woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, piano, strings, opera, composition, conducting, and audio engineering between the ages of 18 and 34. Accepted applicants will be featured as resident artists at The 2011 Atlantic Music Festival.

Banff Summer Music Festival
Banff Summer Music Festival includes several different programs—a chamber music residency, percussion residency, collaborative piano internship, master classes for strings and winds, piano master classes, brass ensemble residency, and the Banff Festival Orchestra.   Puget Sound faculty and students have attended this festival in the past.  Located in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Berklee College of Music
Berklee College offers several summer programs, including a Five-Week Summer Performance Program, an Acoustic String Festival, Bass Lines, Berklee in Dublin, Berklee in Los Angeles, Berklee Percussion Festival, Brass Weekend, Business of Music, Grief and Loss Therapy Institute, Guitar Sessions, Music for Video Games, Music Production Workshop, Summer Institute for Piano Teachers, Saxophone Weekend, Songwriting Workshop, Stage Performance Workshop, and a Vocal Summit.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
This is an employment opportunity: A summer school of the arts located on a 1,400 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program serves more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students and countless concert-goers.

Bowdoin International Music Festival Summer Study 
This program is designed for serious performers with advanced musical ability who are motivated by and comfortable with a significant amount of independence.  Students work to advance their skills through private lessons, masterclasses, and through chamber music.  There are three programs, instrumental (piano and strings, including guitar and harp), woodwind, and composition.  Located in Brunswick, Maine.

Brevard Music Center
Four hundred students each summer enroll in the summer program, located in Brevard, North Carolina, divided into high school and college divisions.  Brevard offers five programs in orchestral studies, piano, composition, voice for high school students, and opera for college students.  The programs vary between six and seven weeks, and all require an audition.  Financial aid is available.  Two Puget Sound faculty, Professor Maria Sampen, Associate Professor of Violin, and Timothy Christie, Affiliate Artist in Violin, are on the faculty.

Chautauqua Music Festival
The Chautauqua Music Festival has three distinct programs for instrumental music, piano, and voice, with each program seven weeks in length.  For instrumentalists, there is a full-sized orchestra that rehearses daily, along with chamber music, six private lessons per student, and a minimum of twelve hours per week of reserved practice time.  There is also a mock-audition process for students to take part in. 

For the piano program, students will have a weekly curriculum that includes private and master class lessons, chamber music coaching with both the teachers in the program and internationally-renowned artists.  Abundant practice time is available, along with student performance opportunities, professional training seminars, along with a piano competition. 

Those participating in the voice program take part in voice lessons, role preparation, diction classes, and vocal classes are available.  Two operas are performed each summer.  Singers are expected to sing seven days a week, and will be given one meeting per day, in the form of either a coaching, lesson, rehearsal, or recital.  Located in Chautauqua, New York.

Colorado College Summer Music Festival             
The 45 advanced student musicians who attend the festival participate in small chamber ensembles, festival orchestra, master classes, auditioned concerto readings with the orchestra, and private lessons. The festival student concert series presents two festival orchestra concerts and numerous small ensemble performances, all open to the public. Students range in age from high school seniors to graduate students.  Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Domaine Forget
Located in the magnificent Charlevoix region of Quebec, Domaine Forget is a summer-long International Music Festival, offering some thirty concerts (classical, jazz, new music, and dance), about twenty master classes open to the public, Academy concerts and recitals, and musical brunches. Events take place at Le Salle Françoys-Bernier, a 600-seat concert hall constructed in 1996 by Le Domaine Forget and known for its remarkable acoustics. The festival features classical music, dance, and jazz; and concerts feature well-known artists in each of the fields of the arts over a two-month period.

Eastern Music Festival
The Eastern Music Festival is a wonderful orchestral training opportunity for students ages 14-22.  The Festival is a five weeks program which has both an orchestral and piano program.  The piano program provides up to 21 students the special opportunity to study with some of the best teachers in the country, along with master classes, and even classes on everything from technique to the history of the instrument.  The orchestral program features two student orchestras which rehearse six times a week, resulting in a weekly concert.  The orchestras are equal in ability and chair placement changes weekly.  Audition is required.  Located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival offers a multitude of programs in all areas of the arts—not just music.  For strings, woodwinds, and brass, there are chamber music opportunities, orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz studies.  Also offered are classical and world percussion, accordion and harmonica, gospel choir and gospel piano, classical voice and choral groups, cabaret singing, and opera and musical theatre.  Located in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

Heifetz Institute
The Heifetz Institute dedicates its revolutionary program to the educational concept that young musicians “can be taught to communicate the emotion of music, beyond mere technical agility and beautiful playing.” Students spend six weeks in the summer participating in two private lessons, chamber music coachings, and a series of one hour classes each afternoon in public speaking, voice, drama, movement, and freedom of expression. Located at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.

Hot Springs Music Festival
The Hot Springs Music Festival provides experience in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral and chamber opera repertoire.  Located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute                     
This program is a chamber music intensive experience, approximately 4 weeks in length, open to advanced high school and college level string and piano players.  Audition only.  Located in Leavenworth, Washington.

IES Vienna Summer Music Program
IES Vienna’s summer program is designed with the music performance major in mind, but it is also suitable for other talented musicians.  There are three components to the summer program, in which everyone is involved—music history on a featured topic that varies year to year, performance studies, along with study of the German language, ranging from a beginning to advanced level.  The performance studies includes group sessions and lectures, and individual technical training of up to six hours of private instruction is included in program fee.  Audition is required for the performance studies portion of the summer program.  Puget Sound has sent a number of students to this program in the past.  Located in Vienna, Austria.

Interlochen Center for the Arts
This is an employment opportunity: “Located in northwestern Michigan, Interlochen Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults of all ages. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events and is home to two award-winning public radio stations”.

International Academy of Music                              
This program changes location each year to a different international setting.  It is a 10-day program that features four private lessons, chamber ensembles, master classes, public performances by selected students, and concerts featuring performances by faculty and guest artists.  Location changes yearly. 

Lake George Music Festival
As a performance based festival, LGMF bridges the gap between faculty and students. There are no teachers or students, private lessons, master classes or organized studios. Rather, a unique roster of distinguished artists and young musicians at the cusp of their professional careers collaborate together in chamber music ensembles, a full orchestral setting, and enjoy informal social gatherings to connect with colleagues of past and present.  For one week each August, musicians attend solely as a way to advance intellectually, artistically, and professionally; working closely together in a tight-knit community and nurturing atmosphere performing daily open rehearsals, free public concerts, and outreach events in this picturesque' end of summer finale.'

Madeline Island Music Camp
The Madeline Island Music Camp focuses on chamber ensembles and has two different camps—one for strings and piano, and the other for woodwind and horn.  The string and piano camp is open to advanced high school and college aged students, up to age 24.  Ensemble members receive daily coaching, and each week a private lesson, and a semi-private lesson with another member of the chamber ensemble.  Public performances take place every weekend.  The Chamber Music for Winds is a program for those at either the collegiate undergraduate or graduate level.  In addition to daily technique classes, coachings, and private lessons from members of the Prairie Winds, seminars are held about topics such as peak performance, communication, and audition preparation.  Madeline Island is located in northern Wisconsin. 

Marrowstone Music Festival
Marrowstone Music Festival, founded in 1943, is the largest and most comprehensive summer orchestra training program in the Pacific Northwest. Every summer nearly 300 musicians, aged 14 to 25, come from over 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty at the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. During this intense two-week program students are immersed in orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and repertoire building professional performance opportunities. Scholarships and full-tide Fellowships are available. Also offers summer work opportunities.

MasterWorks Festival
The MasterWorks Festival is an intensive four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of the classical performing arts, sponsored by Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship. Together, world-class and gifted students present a series of brilliant performances on the beautiful campus of Cedarville University. Programs include Orchestra, Piano, Theatre, Vocal Intensive, Wind Intensive, and String Intensive. Chamber music, weekly lessons, a concerto competition, and multiple solo and ensemble performance opportunities are included as part of the festival. Each year 250 students from around the globe participate in this unique festival that combines artistic excellence and biblically-sound teaching. Students and a faculty of 90 live and work on the campus of Cedarville University, in Cedarville, Ohio

Max Aronoff Viola Institute
For a quarter of a century, the Max Aronoff Viola Institute has inspired violists of all walks of life and levels of skill. Festival participants of college age include performance and other music majors. The 25th Festival (June 26-28, 2015) is packed with an interesting variety of classes including audition preparation, pedagogy, chamber music, technical seminars, master classes and new music along with opportunities to perform in recitals. The low participant-faculty ratio ensures a personalized course of study. Tuition includes admission to all concerts and classes. Merit and need-based scholarships are available. Located at Bastyr University near Seattle, Washington.

Meadowmount School of Music
The Meadowmount School of Music was founded in 1944 by violinist Ivan Galamian and offers string players and pianists an intensive seven-week program of private study and chamber music. Students work daily with internationally-acclaimed faculty members and guest artists, and participate in weekly masterclasses and concerts on and off campus. Located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

Montecito Summer Music Festival
The Montecito Summer Music Festival is a three-week program for talented string and piano players that focuses on improving technical skills and honing musicianship.  Each student receives two private lessons and two chamber music coachings per week.  Selected students also have the opportunity to play in master classes, along with performing concertos with the chamber orchestra, and playing in chamber music pieces with members of the faculty.  Located at Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California.

Music Academy of the West
The Music Academy of the West invites 140 young classical singers and instrumentalists for eight weeks in Santa Barbara, California, to study with guest artists, conductors, and faculty.  Auditions are required.

Narnia Festival
From July 19th to August 2nd, the Narnia Arts Academy and the City of Narni will offer the fourth season of the Narnia Festival for instrumentalists, singers and dancers in the beautiful city of Narni, Italy. Young artists come together in the heart of Umbria for a two-week program that combines musical study and an immersion into the Italian culture. The result is a rich program of events, which will include lessons, workshops, master classes, conferences, exhibits, guided tours, and concerts and shows in the most prestigious halls and in the most suggestive archaeological sites of Narni.

National Music Festival
The Festival brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. The two groups rehearse and perform together in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral and chamber opera repertoire. For two weeks each June, these musicians live and work together, presenting more than 20 concerts and over 250 free open rehearsals for music lovers from all over the world.

The National Repertory Orchestra           
The NRO is an intensive fellowship that works to equip young musicians for orchestra music careers.  Two full orchestra concerts are performed each week, along with smaller chamber concerts.  Located in Breckenridge, Colorado. 

National Orchestral Institute
Located at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, the National Orchestral Institute is a four-week program dedicated to orchestral performance, chamber music, and professional development. Over 80 orchestral musicians are selected to participate each year and offered a scholarship worth more than $4,000. Students get to work with internationally renowned conductors in rehearsals and performance, as well as distinguished principal musicians from major symphony orchestras and chamber groups to develop ensemble skills and orchestral excerpts. At the end of each week, students perform in a public concert at the magnificent Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

New England Conservatory
The New England Conservatory offers a wide variety of summer institutes and intensive weekends.  Check out the website for a full listing.  Located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Northwestern Violin Institute
Located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, the Summer Violin Institute offers the opportunity to work with renowned violinists over a two-week time period. Students receive individual instruction during master classes while simultaneously learning in a collective setting, and aim to develop technical ability, healthy practice habits, musical skills, and knowledge of repertoire through the extensive series of masterclasses and workshops.

Perlman Music Program
The Perlman Music Program (PMP), run by Itzhak and Toby Perlman, provides seven weeks of exceptional musical training to young string players of “rare and special talent.” Their mission is focused on the concept that “an educational experience should be adapted to the needs of the child,” and no child is turned away because of financial restraints. Programs are led by a world-class faculty on Shelter Island, New York. The Summer Music School is open to ages 12-18, but anyone older than that may apply for the Chamber Music Workshop, Travel Residencies, or Life-Long Mentorship from PMP.

The Philadelphia International Music Festival
The Philadelphia International Music Festival (or PIMF, as it’s colloquially known in the industry) is a summer music camp offering students from throughout the U.S. and abroad the unique opportunity of spending up to 14 days immersed in classical music education and performance with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. The festival takes place in June, but now is the time to register. There are only 10 open spots in the Piano Division, for example!

Next summer’s programs at the Philadelphia International Music Festival can prove to be enriching and invigorating for your students, aiding in your own efforts to develop their skills. And, if they sign up before the end of September, they can take advantage of a $400 scholarship discount.

The Rome Festival Orchestra
Instrumentalists and singers are invited to study, live in the center of Rome, and to perform with the Rome Festival Orchestra, Opera, Ballet, Concert Chorus, and chamber music ensembles.  The age range of the participants is from early 20s to early 60s.  Located in Rome, Italy.

Round Top Festival Institute 
The festival is six weeks long, and is for advanced musicians 18 and older.  Symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music, and solo repertoire are included in the program.  About 85 participants are permitted through audition and recommendation.  Enrollment includes 24 violinists, 8 violists, 8 cellists, 6 basses, 3 flutists, 3 oboists, 3 clarinetists, 3 bassoonists, 5 French horns, 4 trumpeters, 3 trombonists, 1 tuba, 6 percussions, 2 harpists and 4 pianists.  Those accepted are also encouraged to enroll in the concerto competition.  Located in Round Top, Texas.

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Located in the town of  Rendsburg, Northern Germany, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival welcomes musicians up to age 26 from all over the world. Students play in the Festival Orchestra, founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, and the chamber music program, which includes a variety of seminars and workshops. Every year students get the chance to work with international professional conductors, principal musicians from German orchestras, and professors from European music academies. Upon being admitted, each musician will receive a grant to cover travel, room and board, and tuition.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is an internationally acclaimed summer festival which combines a month-long program for advanced music students with a professional concert series. Each summer at Sewanee, over 180 exceptionally talented young musicians gather to study, perform, and share their musical lives. The atmosphere is intense but always supportive.  Faculty mentors work closely with their students, and learning takes place across a full spectrum of activities.  Students perform at least twice weekly, in both orchestra and chamber music, and attend faculty and guest artist concerts, master classes, and other special events. The SSMF curriculum includes 2 full orchestras, chamber music, private lessons, master classes, composition classes, conducting, audition preparation, health, and many other topics.

Summer Music at Woldingham                 
This program combines the International Flute Course and the International Saxophone Course, which have both established themselves as the leading flute and saxophone summer schools in the U.K. 

Summit Music Festival
The Summit Music Festival is New York's summer institute for extensive chamber music and instrumental training. This three-week festival offers chamber and instrumental music programs for high school, college, and young professionals (ages 14 and up); an adult program for the advocational musician is also offered.The festival features a daily array of special events, such as concerts, lectures, and master classes throughout the three-week music festival.

Tanglewood Music Festival
The Tanglewood Music Festival offers many opportunities for musicians to work with the BSO and additional opportunities not offered at all summer music camps or festivals.  There are many programs offered here—the instrumental program, the opera and vocal studies program, a conducting program, a composition program, piano-instrumental and vocal program, orchestra library fellowship, audio engineering fellowship, publications fellowship, publications fellowship, and the piano technology program.  Each program has its own audition and application process, so follow the links for more information.  Located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Taos School of Music 
Taos School of Music is located in beautiful northern New Mexico.  Participants are professionally oriented, ages 18-29, and play violin, viola, cello, and piano.  Audition is required and the program lasts approximately eight weeks.

UTSA Flute Camp            
This camp provides a week of flute playing, featuring classes on tone development, technique, and solo and etude literature, as well as a flute choir.  Bring your flutes and piccolos; alto and bass flutes will be available.  Located at the University of Texas, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Verbier Festival is an international program that includes the Verbier Festival Academy, Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. Students have the opportunity to work with world-famous conductors and musicians of orchestral and chamber experience in rehearsals, sectionals, and a series of masterclasses. The vocal program focuses around one opera with a semi-staged performance at the end of the Festival. Located in the mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland.

VSO Institute
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler offers young musicians a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Students will be mentored by our world class symphony orchestra during an intensive 10-day program, culminating in a highly anticipated performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and R. Strauss' Don Juan by the Whistler Institute Orchestra, led by the VSO's internationally acclaimed Music Director, Maestro Bramwell Tovey. We are currently accepting applications from advanced students, ages 15-25.

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Other Opportunities

Puget Sound offers the opportunity for students to apply for a Summer Research Grant in order to conduct research in the area of their choosing, both in the sciences and in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  Students in the School of Music have recently received awards for projects in music history, music business, and folk music.