Springtime is busy for students, parents, schools, and communities, but don’t let spring fever cloud your future visions of summer music camps. Now is the time to apply or you could lose your prospective spot at some of the nation’s best music camps.
Inspiring for String Musicians of All Ages
There are summer camps for all ages. Some of the most well-known are residential camps, which means the campers spend days and nights there, ranging from one- to six-week sessions.
If your budding string player isn’t quite ready to do a residential-style camp, that’s fine. Speak to their strings instructor or local colleges for referrals to summer music day camps.
We posted, Time to Apply For Summer Camp Programs back in 2017 and we recommend using it as a reference as well. While date information will differ slightly in a new year, you can access the hyperlinks to research camps listed there.
Here is another batch of residential summer camps for you to review, including age ranges and application deadlines.
Long Lake Camp for the Arts (Ages 8 – 16)
Music camps span the gamut from fun and educational to focused and conservatory-based. If your student is drawn more to the former than the latter (a good idea for growing confident, inspired musicians), we offer you Long Lake Camp for the Arts. Their open registration takes place online.
Located in upstate New York, this sleep away camp is fantastic. Summer camps are offered in three-or six-week sessions – beginning June 23. It’s open to beginners and advanced players – students are grouped accordingly – but prides itself on being a non-competitive forum where students can enjoy their like-minded passion for music while meeting new friends and having a great time. Campers also have the option to take private lessons for any instrument that piques their interest.
Young Musicians Camp at Montevallo (Ages 11 - 18)
The University of Montevallo in Alabama has a one-week long Young Musicians Camp (June 9-14), and the applications are currently open online until the camp is full.
This camp is for students who have had at least one year of study on their instrument and can read music. Throughout the week, campers will experience a variety of ensemble and master-class experiences conducted by their internationally recognized UM music faculty and guest artists. Evening activities include swimming, field sports, cook-outs, movies, and talent shows. Individual private instruction is also available in guitar, voice, piano, and for all traditional band and orchestral instruments.
Those interested in applying for a scholarship must apply by May 3, and registration is due by May 10.
Northern Arizona University Curry Music Camp (Grades 7 – College Freshman)
NAU’s Curry Summer Music Camp is one of the most well-known, music-specific summer camps for youth in the western U.S. They offer both commuter and residential pricing, and while campers always have fun, they are divided up by ability. Intermediate and advanced players will enjoy the “rise-to-the-challenge” audition experience once they arrive.
The one-week camps are divided by age, Fall 2019 Entering Grades 7 - 9 meet from June 16-27. Fall 2109 Entering Grades 9 -13 meet from June 23 – July 6. The registration deadline is June 6.
Interlochen Center for the Arts (all ages)
Interlochen Center for the Arts is located in Michigan and has an incredible boarding school program. During the summer, they offer residential summer camps in weekly increments and long-term, six-week options, for students in grades 3 – 12. They also offer summer music camps for adults.
This is a fairly competitive summer arts program, but extended, immersive summer camps like these can be instrumental in helping the developing student grow by leaps and bounds. While priority application and audition deadline ended February 8, 2019, Interlochen is still accepting applications until all of the positions are filled.
Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute (pre-college)
An extension of the Boston School of Fine Arts, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is held at one of the most prestigious music schools in the United States. Musicians admitted into their program work with the college's professors of music as well as world-famous guest musicians.
They offer summer programs from June through August, based on age and interest – including composition - and online applications are currently open.
Berklee College Summer Program (15+)
Berklee College’s most well-known summer program is their Aspire Music Intensive, which spans five-weeks (July 6 – August 9) and brings music students together from all over the world. They also offer a one-week long Global Strings Camp (June 24 – 28), along with other instruments - and musician-themed camps.
The application/registration deadline for all Berklee College Summer Programs is May 1, although students desiring a scholarship for the Aspire program must apply by April 1.