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Band, Chamber Music
& Orchestra Programs

In order to provide the best possible musical opportunities for high school and middle school age musicians, our band and orchestra programs accept middle school and high school students only, including graduated 12th graders. Age requirements vary by ensemble. 9th graders may enroll in the Symphonic Band or the High School Wind Ensemble with the consent of the music faculty. The faculty reserves the right to re-assign ensemble placement after the live auditions in Idyllwild on Sunday, July 17.

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Discounts and Financial Aid

Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic $1200 discount. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Four-Week Music Discount

Four-Week Music Discount

Students who are accepted and enroll in two consecutive programs, e.g., Symphony Orchestra/Chamberfest or Wind Symphony/Chamberfest are eligible to receive a 25% discount for the full cost of tuition, meals and housing. In effect, students pay for three weeks and receive the fourth week free. Honor groups participants may apply the Honor Group discount of $1200 to each program

Band/Orchestra Enrollment By Grade

Band/Orchestra Enrollment By Grade

For students finishing grades 6 – 9
Symphonic Band 7/17 – 30
A large band of 75 talented musicians

For students finishing grades 8 – 12
H.S. Symphony Orchestra 7/17 – 30
A pre-auditioned large orchestra of 100 outstanding high school musicians

For students finishing grades 9 – 12
H.S. Wind Symphony 7/17 – 30
A medium size wind ensemble of 65 talented high school musicians

For students finishing grades 9 – 12
H.S. Chamberfest: 7/31 – 8/14
Chamber Music/Chamber Orchestra
A select, pre-auditioned group of approximately 90 outstanding high school musicians, including pianists.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band

Open to students finishing grades 6-9

July 17–30 (Two-week session)

Course # YYSB Ø3-Ø4

Student Performances:
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, noon.

An inspiring and intensive two-week program developed for the junior high school and young high school wind and percussion player. This large ensemble performs both classical and contemporary works for band including works by Holst, Reed, Persichetti, Grainger, Sousa, Bukvich, Del Borgo, McBeth and Brahms.

The band performs two major concerts and you also have the opportunity to perform in solo and chamber music recitals. Instruction includes daily full rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, chamber music ensembles, master classes and music theory. Sectional placement is made on the first day.

Tuition, room and board: $3050

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Susan Willmering


High School Symphony Orchestra

High School Symphony Orchestra

Open to students finishing grades 8–12

July 17-30 (Two-week session)

Course # YYSO Ø3-Ø4

Student Performances:
Saturday, July 23, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 4 p.m.

Designed for the most talented high school aged musician, this outstanding performance program provides membership in a large symphony orchestra that is devoted to sight-reading, rehearsing, refining and performing the finest orchestral literature from a variety of musical style periods.

Works being considered for Summer 2016 include Bernstein's Candide Overture, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, Barber's Overture to The School for Scandal and Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Daily instruction will include sectional rehearsal and two full rehearsals. Included in Symphony Orchestra membership is a 30-minute private lesson each week to be arranged individually with the faculty. Eligibility for participation in master classes and student recitals will be determined during these lessons. Sectional placement is made by live audition on July 17. String seating rotates weekly.

Audition and Application Requirements
Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition.

The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016.

Tuition, room and board: $3050

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Larry Livingston


High School Wind Symphony

High School Wind Symphony

Open to students finishing grades 9-12

July 17–30 (Two-week session)

Course # YYSW Ø3-Ø4

Student Performances:
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m.

Designed for talented high school students, this two-week session is devoted to performing the finest wind ensemble literature from the 18th to the 21st century. Repertoire for 2016 will include the finale to Strauss' Death and Transfiguration, Mackey's Aurora Awakes and Berlioz's Grande Symphonie.

Instruction consists of daily rehearsals, master classes, individual lesson, solo repertoire and chamber music ensembles. The session features two major concerts, plus student and faculty recitals.

Sectional placement is made on the first day.

Tuition, room and board: $3050

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Steve Piazza

High School Chamberfest

High School Chamberfest

Open to high school students finishing grade 9–12. Audition required.

July 31-August 14 (Two-week session)

Course # YYCH Ø5-Ø6

Student Performances:
Chamber Music Concerts
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m.

Orchestra Concerts
Saturday, August 6, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, August 12, 7 p.m.

Final Concert
Sunday, August 14, 3 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

The High School Chamberfest is an intensive two-week program designed to offer outstanding high school age musicians the opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed for excellence in small ensemble performance and to rehearse and perform the most challenging literature in the chamber orchestra repertoire. The Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Larry Livingston, who for the past 27 summers has conducted the Idyllwild Arts Festival Orchestra. Students selected for the Chamberfest will have the opportunity to work with some of the leading teachers and performers in the worlds of chamber music and orchestral performance.

Works being considered for Summer 2016 include Tan Dun's Internet Symphony, Eroica, Hanson's Marymount Symphony, Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Movement 1 and Dvorak's Slavonic Dances.

The daily schedule is divided evenly between chamber music and chamber orchestra. You will participate in one full orchestra rehearsal and one sectional rehearsal each day along with daily coached and uncoached chamber music ensemble rehearsals. Chamber music ensembles will explore the gamut from brass and woodwind quintets and quartets, string quartets, and piano trios to mixed ensembles of strings and winds including larger chamber works for 8-10 players.

Solo performance and private lessons are also an important part of the program. String, wind and brass master classes will be offered during the first week of the program with solo recital opportunities available during the second week. You will receive one hour of private instruction each week in addition to the daily chamber music and orchestra rehearsals.

This program is for students who have an interest in pursuing music as a possible career choice. Toward that end, admission to the program is highly selective and limited to the following instrumentation:

Violin 24 Oboe 4 Trombone 4

Viola 10 Clarinet 4 Percussion 5

Cello 10 Bassoon 4 Tuba 1

Bass 7 Horn 7 Timpani 2

Flute 4 Trumpet 4

Piano 3

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition.

The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016.

Students will be notified as to their acceptance shortly after that date.

Tuition, room and board: $3050
Music Fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Larry Livingston


Festival Choir - High School

Festival Choir - High School

Open to students finishing grades 9–12

July 31-August 14 (Two-week session)

Course # YYCF Ø5-Ø6

Student Performances:
Saturday, August 6, 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 11, 8 p.m.
Friday, August 12, 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 14, 3 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

An intensive two-week workshop for select high school age singers designed to further develop the vocal and musical skills needed for the performance of choral repertoire. You will study and perform a variety of choral/vocal repertoire for both large and small ensembles led by members of the outstanding choral faculty.

You will participate in the full choir rehearsals, vocal master classes and special classes taught by faculty. Plan to be involved in musical activities for at least six hours each day.

You also have the opportunity for solo vocal performance during the regularly scheduled student recitals. If you plan to audition, bring two complete copies of solo music they wish to perform. Professional pianists are available to play for all student recitals. The choral/vocal faculty selects students to perform at student recitals based on a live audition during the two-week session.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition. The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016. Students will be notified as to their acceptance shortly after that date.

Returning students who have sung in the choir in any of the past four years do not need to audition for the 2016 session.

Tuition, Room and Board: $3050
Music Fee: $100

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Joseph Modica


Harp Workshop

Harp Workshop

Open to students finishing grades 8–12

July 17-30 (Two-week session)

Course # YYHW Ø5-Ø6

Student Performance:
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 4 p.m.

An intense two–week workshop open to harpists with at least one year of experience. Activities will include harp ensemble, chamber music coaching and private lessons with an emphasis on ensemble skills and musicality. The program will culminate in a recital featuring works learned during the session as well as any solos you are ready to perform. Some students will be placed in Symphony Orchestra/Band in addition to harp ensemble. These students will rehearse daily with the orchestra and will also receive individual coaching on their orchestra parts as well as orchestra skills in general.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition. The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016. Students will be notified as to their acceptance shortly after that date.

You will need to bring an instrument to use for the class. We can help arrange a rental harp and discounted tuition is available to those who must rent a harp. You should bring your own tuner with pick-up, tuning key, harp bench of appropriate height, and a full set of spare strings.

Tuition, room and board: $3050

Enrollment limited to 8 students.

Faculty: Allison Allport

Jazz Workshop

Jazz Workshop

Open to students finishing grade 8-12

July 3-16 (Two-week session)

Course # YYJZ Ø1-Ø2

Student Performances:
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For junior high and high school students. This course can only be taken as a two-week program. Courses include performance in big bands and combos, music theory, arranging and improvisational techniques, working with vocalists and master classes. Guest artists and faculty perform with students at concerts held at the end of the week. Late registration may result in limited participation due to the need for balanced ensembles.

You should plan to bring a folding music stand and your own equipment marked with identification, i.e. drums, amps, etc. (Idyllwild Arts will not provide any instruments or equipment).

Tuition, room and board: $3050
Lab fee: $10

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Chair: Jeff Tower

*New* Jazz Vocal Intensive with Alan Paul

Jazz Vocal Intensive with Alan Paul

Open to students finishing grade 8-12

July 3-16 (Two-week session)

Course #YYJVØ1-Ø2

Student Performances:
Saturday July 9, TBA
Saturday, July 16, TBA

Are you a jazz vocalist in the making? Come learn, sing and perform with eight-time Grammy winner Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer!

Participants will develop all aspects of vocal jazz singing including solo and ensemble performance, vocal technique, improvisation with singers and instrumentalists, circle songs, styling, phrasing, rhythm and groove, lyrical analysis, style appropriateness, listening skills, movement, working with musicians, microphone technique, theory, harmony, and more.

Learn about the evolution of jazz singing and harmony groups in the daily Music Appreciation class. Develop your performance skills and how to connect with an audience like a pro with a final performance for your family and friends.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition.
The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016

Tuition, room and board: $3050
Lab fee: $100

Enrollment limited to 14 students.

Faculty: Alan Paul

Piano Performance

Piano Performance

Open to students finishing grade 7–12

July 3-16 (Two-week session)

Course # YYPP Ø1-Ø2

Student Performance: Saturday, July 16, 1 p.m.

This course provides an intensive program for advanced pianists of junior high school and senior high school age. The faculty provides private lessons, performance opportunities both in recital and master class settings, piano ensemble repertoire and coaching, and class discussions of various piano-related topics. The daily schedule is determined by the needs of the class and the students’ abilities and readiness to do the work. You must be self-motivated and prepared to practice individually several hours each day to master your assignments.

You must bring at least four previously learned pieces including one which is at performance level. You must be playing repertoire with a level of difficulty comparable to any Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, any sonata by Mozart or Beethoven, or any nocturne, ballade or scherzo by Chopin.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition. The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016. Students will be notified as to their acceptance shortly after that date.

Tuition, room and board: $3150

Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Faculty: Jeanette Louise Yaryan and Parvati Mani

Songwriting

Songwriting

Open to students finishing grade 8–12

July 31–August 13 (Two-week session)

Course # YYSW Ø5-Ø6

Student Performance
Saturday, August 6, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 13, 1 p.m.

The Songwriting Workshop will be dedicated to writing, practicing, and rehearsing original songs for performance. A large focus of the workshop will be collaboration - learning to write and perform with others. Additional topics covered will be music business, music theory, and music colleges.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials are posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition.

Returning songwriters are required to re-audition. The deadline for auditions to be received by Idyllwild Arts is April 15, 2016. Students will be notified as to their acceptance shortly after that date.

Tuition, room and board: $3150

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty, Ryan Zwahlen


Song and Dance

Song and Dance

Open to students finishing grades 8-12

July 3-16 (Two-week session)

Course # YYDS Ø1-Ø2

Student Performance
Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.

In this musical theatre workshop, designed for students grades 9–12 (graduating seniors may apply) with background in either musical theatre (or vocal music) or dance. You will receive intensive training in voice, dance, and acting, with a final performance, which will include individual solo work and full company production numbers from recent and classic Broadway shows. Learn how to select material and to audition successfully. Come prepared to work hard, be challenged, and have a great time!

Typical Daily Schedule

9 a.m. Dance warm-up

9:45 a.m. Jazz dance & individual voice lessons

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Tap dance (students placed by level of skill)

12 noon Lunch

1:30 p.m. Vocal Warm-up

1:45 p.m. Musical Theatre Master Class
Individual Voice Lessons

3 p.m. Auditions for recitals
Rehearsals for final concert
Vocal Coaching as needed

4 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. Dinner

6:30 p.m. Musical theatre repertoire
Acting Class

To enroll in Song & Dance, you must submit an audition.

All auditions must be received by April 15, 2016. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 30, 2016. Returning Song & Dance students do not need to audition for the 2016 session. See audition requirements here.

Tuition, room and board: $3050

Enrollment limited to 35 students.

Faculty: David O


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