Crafting the Intangible

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. 9th graders may enroll in the Symphonic Band or the High School Wind Ensemble with the consent of the music faculty.

Discounts & Financial Aid

Honor Discount

Honor Discount: Students who participate in regional, state, and national honor groups qualify for a discount of $600, this is 50% of the cost of Tuition.

For students who participate in the Orchestral & Concert Band Program Elective classes*, the Honor discount is increased to $725.
50% of the cost of tuition ($600) and the full cost of elective ($125) for a total of $725.

*Orchestral & Concert Band Program Elective classes are open to any music students who participate in an Online Summer Program for a cost of $125.

Financial Aid

Generous Financial Aid is available based on financial need.
To apply for Financial Aid:

Return the required information as soon as possible via CampInTouch Account. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. In general, we can award scholarships for up to two online programs. Scholarship Funds are still available for the 2020 Summer Programs.

Ages 13-18

Orchestral & Concert Band Program

Ages 13–18

July 20 – August 1, 2020
Two-week Workshop

Program Overview

2020 Summer Program Reimagined is launching its debut online Orchestral and Concert Band Programs. The program will provide exceptional musical training that embodies the world class teaching and dynamic educational experience that is the hallmark of Idyllwild Arts. Students will receive weekly private lessons via Zoom, supplemented by masterclasses with performers from the world’s top orchestras and universities. Lessons are supplemented by classes and electives taught by professors from leading conservatories, and include:

  • Orchestra Repertoire (excerpt and audition preparation)
  • Elements of Music
  • Music Technology and Techniques for the 21st Century
  • Career and College Prep skills for 11th and 12th graders
  • Composers and Styles 
  • …and more!

See the complete listing of classes and faculty below. No other Summer Program can compete with the great talent we’ve assembled. Generous financial aid is available, including an Honor Ensemble Discount of $775 (includes an elective course) for those who qualify. Register Today!

Core Workshops

The 21st Century Musician
Learn techniques for using your artistry to create meaningful community change and consider ways that music can contribute to a sustainable world. Find out about ongoing efforts by prominent citizen-artists who have used their talents in unique ways to promote political, social, and artistic change. Engage in hands-on activities, and discuss how to use readily available technologies to reach audiences around the globe.

Orchestral Repertoire Class
Orchestral Repertoire (or Rep) is taught for each instrument by Idyllwild faculty on a rotating basis. Find out about specific passages that are a must-know for orchestral auditions. Faculty will use selected recorded performances to discuss the standard interpretations and tempos. Learn recommended fingerings, techniques, and approaches to the music to help make your audition truly memorable, for all the right reasons.

Private Lessons (additional sessions may be available, $125 per session)
Connect with your private instructor via Zoom for a 50-minute private lesson. You may choose from the faculty below. Faculty capacities are limited, so choose early to ensure your preferred instructor. 

MasterClasses
Go deep in weekly MasterClasses with some of the world’s most prominent performers, including principal players from the LA, New York, and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. Click here for a full list of MasterClasses by instrument.

Composers & Styles
Learn about and discuss composers of the past and the world in which they lived. The styles, aesthetics, artists, and relevant events of the time will form a large part of the class. Faculty will lead special discussions of living composers and their works, and how they are relevant to younger musicians like you.

Orchestras of the World
Find out about the major orchestras of the world — their histories, conductors, and notable recordings. Hear and compare performances from each ensemble, exploring aspects of their styles, sound concepts, and strengths.

Listening Skills
Ear Training is essential to becoming a better musician. However, it involves more than just identifying notes. Develop a more intuitive and complete understanding of what it means to listen critically to music, and learn practical skills for understanding rhythms and melodies. 

Music Technology & Techniques
Master the technological essentials for making it as a musician in the digital age. After an initial review of the principles behind sound and video, you will work on techniques for imagining, recording and producing the best possible performances. The class will focus on three core components: 

  1. Proper use of capture devices to get a good looking and good sounding video. Learn recording techniques using widely available devices such as phones or tablets, as well as the use of microphones and other gear to develop your own home studio.
  2. The use of audio and video editing software to edit and produce the final product. Develop your skills editing audio and video using Final Cut Pro, Ableton Live and Audacity. 
  3. The use of social media to share, create and promote our work. Discover new ways to use traditional social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to release work, as well as the creative use of newer platforms such as Acapella and TikTok to create and share work.

 

Elective Workshops (One elective included in tuition)

Elements of Music
“Music Theory” sounds like a science…but it is far from it! Explore many general rules, principles, and techniques which will allow you to describe the elements of music in a commonly accepted language. Investigate musical concepts in a practical manner through active listening, experimentation, imitation, and instrumental demonstrations.

College Prep Bootcamp
College prep and selection is changing rapidly. In the best of times, it weighs heavily on the minds of young artists… Demystify the process! In this class, you will:

  • Go deeper than the familiar names – learn to evaluate and select institutions, both domestic and international, and determine the right fit for your specific interests
  • Understand the full timeline of the process – from the first application, to preparing for auditions, making travel arrangements (or Zoom appointments), and recording pre-screening materials
  • Learn methods for crafting the perfect college essay
  • Discuss ways to get the most out of a music major, and the expectations and time management skills needed to thrive in a college environment

You and your family can direct your questions to experienced college counselors, and talk to alumni from a selection of conservatories about their experiences with the process.

Electronics for Instrumentalists
Explore the wild and experimental world of electro-acoustic performance. Review the scientific principles behind acoustic and electronic sound, and increase your musical flexibility using whatever instruments and equipment are available. Learn how to use software in performance for live processing, effects and multi-layered electro-acoustic compositions. Through screen sharing, you will get hands-on experience with Ableton Live, Garage Band and Audacity.

Tuition: $1,350
Lab fee: $100
Enrollment limited to 100 students.
Faculty: Ransom Wilson, Greg Robbins

What You Will Need:

  • Webcam/smartphone/laptop
  • High speed internet connection
  • Metronome
  • Instrument for selected program
  • Music
  • Pencils

Optional Equipment:

  • Highly recommend external microphone. Many affordable options exist, and the instructors can offer specific recommendations depending on the student’s existing equipment.
  • *Links to products will be sent upon request.
  • Fifine Microphone
    This is an external microphone that is very affordable and the one that the instructors are currently using. It plugs into your computer via USB. 
  • USB to USB C adapter
    Enables a USB mic to be used on a phone or device with a USB-C port.
  • USB C adapter
    Used for connecting a headset or mic with an audio jack to a USB-C jack.
  • Boya Lavalier Mic
  • Mic that is useful for iPhone/iPad/Android.
  • 4-hub USB
  • Headphone/Mic splitter
  • If you are using a headset and a mic that uses an audio jack, you can use this to plug both into your phone.
  • iPhone tripod  (Helpful for using your phone to be steady for Zoom classes)

Jazz in the Pines – Student Workshop

Ages 13–18

July 5 – 18, 2020
Two-week workshop

Elevate your jazz playing by learning from some of the best jazz artists in the country – professionals who earn a living playing and teaching the next generation of musicians. In this two-week online program, you’ll study the essential building blocks of jazz in a series of workshops and masterclasses designed to elevate your knowledge and passion for jazz music. The daily curriculum will include music theory, arranging, improvisational techniques, and masterclasses. 

Jazz thrives and grows when it is passed unselfishly from generation to generation. Join us for the Jazz In The Pines Student Workshop and learn from a generation of greats. This two-week session is an essential element of the Jazz In The Pines Festival, giving students an exciting opportunity to learn from and see performances from jazz greats in a virtual festival environment.

Tuition: $1,200
Lab fee: $50
Application Fee: $25
Enrollment limited to 60 students.

Faculty:

Tom Hynes: Chair, Jazz in the Pines Student Workshop
 

Featured Artist:

John Daversa: (composition/trumpet improv.) Grammy-winning jazz artist, Frost School of Music/U. of Miami
 
David Beatty: (trombone) jazz ens. director, Azusa Pacific University
Teryn Carter: (jazz vocals) Chapman U., Fullerton CC.
Barb Catlin: (piano) Pomona College, CalTech, Pasadena CC
Tom Hynes: (guitar) Azusa Pacific U., Idyllwild Arts Academy
Matt Johnson: (drums) Fullerton CC
Kye Palmer: (trumpet) freelance artist, Bob Cole Conservatory/CSU Long Beach
Dan Radlauer: (rhythm section) freelance composer/producer
Charlie Richard: (saxophone) jazz ens. director, Riverside CC
Rick Shaw: (bass); Riverside CC, Azusa Pacific U.
Dan St. Marseille: (sax/theory) jazz ens. director, Cal Baptist U.
Francisco Torres: (trombone) Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, studio artist, CSU Fullerton

 

What You Will Need

  • Good internet connection 
  • Device to the internet (smartphone, tablet, computer) 
  • Reliable charge for device, fully charged prior to sessions
  • Instrument and music stand
  • Over-ear, closed-back Headphones
  • USB microphone 

Music Composition Workshop

Ages 14–18

July 20 – August 1, 2020
Two-week workshop

This program is designed for young composers ages 14-18 who aspire to pursue music composition as a career. Students writing in all styles of music (classical, jazz, music for media, electronic, etc.) are encouraged to apply, though the emphasis of this program will be on writing music for the instruments of the orchestra. Students should already have some experience composing music and will need to submit a portfolio of their composition work (scores and/or recordings) as part of the admissions process.

Topics covered in the course include: composition, orchestration, writing for chamber ensembles, acoustics, score study and analysis, notation, and preparation of scores and parts. During this intensive program, students will attend daily composition seminars covering a range of special topics, receive four 30-minute private lessons, attend virtual performances of chamber and orchestral music, and compose a new short work for a TBD chamber ensemble to be read and performed by Idyllwild musicians*. 

Students creative work will focus on two projects during the Composition Workshop:

1) A work for a solo instrument (3-5 minutes long) that will be workshopped, performed, and recorded by one of the Idyllwild performance faculty members. Composition students will workshop these pieces with the performers and receive an online performance during the second week of the Intensive. Additionally, students will receive a professional recording of the piece after the Intensive.

2) A work for small chamber orchestra or a chamber subset thereof (c. 3 minutes long). Students will compose a short work for members of the Idyllwild Academy Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Greg Robbins. While large ensembles are not convening this Summer due to COVID-19, we commit to providing students with a recorded reading session of their composition during Fall 2020 when large ensembles are able to convene again (or possibly later, if COVID-19 necessitates further delay). Students can write for an ensemble of any number of instruments up to a small chamber orchestra (the exact instrumentation of students’ compositions will be determined in consultation with the student, composition instructor, and conductor).

A portfolio/audition is required for acceptance. Please submit your application and audition no later than July 3, 2020 to secure your chance to experience this transformative and inspirational summer music experience.

Tuition: $1,350
Lab fee: $100
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Sean Friar

Meet Your Faculty

Sean Friar is a composer of music for orchestras, chamber ensembles, electronics, found objects, and invented instruments. He writes visceral, exploratory, and often humorous music that Slate Magazine called  “refreshingly new and solidly mature… and doesn’t take on airs, but instead takes joy in the process of discovery – in the continual experience of suspense and surprise – that good classical music has always championed.” He is based in Los Angeles and teaches composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

 

What You Will Need

  • Good internet connection 
  • Device to the internet (smartphone, tablet, computer) 
  • Reliable charge for device, fully charged prior to sessions
  • Ableton Live software (90-day trial version available)
  • Over-ear, closed-back Headphones
  • USB microphone (necessary for vocals only)

Electronic Music Production

Ages 14–18

June 21 – June 26, 2020
One-week workshop

Explore the world of electronic music and the unique challenges that it presents. This workshop is Ideal for newcomers to electronic music, as well as those looking to expand their production arsenals. Learn how to create electronic works, from simple loops to fully realized songs. 

The curriculum will include electronic music appreciation, critical listening, arrangement, and working with virtual instruments.

You will learn to mix and master your own electronic compositions and share your work with the rest of the world. You will gain experience with the Ableton Live platform and gain confidence with taking your songs from ideation to ultimate completion and online distribution.

Tuition: $625
Lab fee: $25
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Michael Quick

What You Will Need

  • Good internet connection 
  • Device to the internet (smartphone, tablet, computer) 
  • Reliable charge for device, fully charged prior to sessions
  • Ableton Live software (90-day trial version available)
  • Over-ear, closed-back Headphones
  • USB microphone (necessary for vocals only)

Songwriting for Teens – Compose & Perform

Ages 14–18

June 28 – July 11, 2020
One-week or two-week options available

Perfect for beginning to advanced songwriters, this exciting workshop will teach you new skills and techniques to rapidly improve your songwriting. Explore the craft of songwriting with skilled professional songwriters and musicians, and immerse yourself in everything that is music.

This hands-on, interactive live experience will make you more productive, confident and a better songwriter as you work with a faculty team led by Don Reed, an experienced performer and teacher. Expect fast-moving daily sessions, using leading-edge software, video conferencing, and breakout opportunities for collaborations, bringing the live intensive learning experience into your home.

Tuition:
One-week: $625  (June 28 – July 3)
Two-week: $1,200 (June 28 – July 11)
Lab fee: $20
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Faculty: Don Reed, Kasaan Hammon

 

What You Will Need

  • Good internet connection 
  • Device to the internet (smartphone, tablet, computer) 
  • Reliable charge for device, fully charged prior to sessions
  • Musical Instrument
  • Midi Keyboard (optional)
  • Music recording software (Garage Band, Logic, optional)

Vocal & Choral Performance Workshop

Ages 14 and up

July 20 – 31, 2020
Two-week Workshop

Vocal & Choral Performance with a Twist is a course for anyone wanting to strengthen and hone their singing and performing skills. This course includes singing techniques that are applied to a variety of genres including classical, musical theater, jazz, contemporary/pop, and choral  music. Techniques taught and practiced in class include vocal  exercises to increase your range, vocal development, breath support, posture and alignment, and more. Body work including yoga, Alexander Technique, and pilates will also be incorporated. Each participant will learn and perform 2 songs in the genre(s) of their choice which will be coached by the instructors. This course culminates in a virtual recital for all participants. Accompaniment tracks will be provided. Come and join us for a fantastic session designed to help you become the best singer you can be!

Elective Workshops

Tuesday July 21
Musical Theater Singing & Belting the Healthy Way
Topics will include:

  • Healthy, sustainable vocal technique for Musical Theater singing
  • Exploration of belting techniques and concepts
  • Choosing age-appropriate Musical Theater repertoire
  • Interpretation and Character Development

Thursday July 23
College Audition Preparation
Topics will include:

  • Different types of colleges & universities and different music programs: choosing the right type for you
  • Do’s and Don’ts of college auditions
  • Appropriate audition repertoire

Tuesday July 28
Becoming Your Best Performing Self
Topics will include:

  • Performance Anxiety (“Stage Fright”)
  • Strategies for managing performance anxiety
  • Performance techniques for confidence onstage

Thursday July 30
Choral Conducting
Topics will include:

  • Conducting basics
  • Characteristics of leadership/confidence building
  • Careers in Music Education and teaching

Tuition:
Two-week: $1,200 
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Faculty: Desiree LaVertu, Olga Perez Flora and Lori Marie Rios

Meet Your Faculty

Professors Desiree La Vertu, Olga Perez Flora, and Lori Marie Rios are outstanding vocalists, conductors and music educators. Together they are the Artistic Co-Directors of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Vocal-Choral Intensive. Performance credits include Disney Hall, Royce Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Soprano LaVertu is Director of Choral & Vocal Activities at Occidental College in Los Angeles, soprano Rios is Professor of Music at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA, and mezzo soprano Flora is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Pencils and Paper
  • Second device for playing accompaniment track (ideal, but optional)
  • Sheet music for songs you will be presenting
  • Metronome

Optional Equipment:

  • Highly recommend external microphone. Many affordable options exist, and the instructors can offer specific recommendations depending on the student’s existing equipment.
  • *Links to products will be sent upon request.
  • Fifine Microphone
    This is an external microphone that is very affordable and the one that the instructors are currently using. It plugs into your computer via USB. 
  • USB to USB C adapter
    Enables a USB mic to be used on a phone or device with a USB-C port.
  • USB C adapter
    Used for connecting a headset or mic with an audio jack to a USB-C jack.
  • Boya Lavalier Mic
  • Mic that is useful for iPhone/iPad/Android.
  • 4-hub USB
  • Headphone/Mic splitter
  • If you are using a headset and a mic that uses an audio jack, you can use this to plug both into your phone.
  • iPhone tripod  (Helpful for using your phone to be steady for Zoom classes)

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