Music

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.

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

Students who are accepted and enroll in two consecutive programs, e.g., Symphony Orchestra/Chamberfest or Wind Symphony/Chamberfest are eligible to receive a 15% 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

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.

Courses (Ages 14-18)

Chamber Festival Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23-August 6
Two-week session

Student Performances (subject to change)
Chamber Music Concerts
Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 5, 9 a.m.

Orchestra Concerts
Saturday, July 29, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 7 p.m.

Final Concert
Saturday, August 5, 7 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Designed for the most musicians, this intensive will challenge you to develop and refine the skills needed for excellence in small ensemble performance and the most exciting literature in the orchestra repertoire. Conductor Larry Livingston has led the Chamber Orchestra for 28 years; Edie Orloff and John Walz of the Pacific Trio have led the Chamber Ensembles nearly 30 years. You will work with leading teachers and performers in chamber music and orchestral performance worlds.

Your day includes orchestra rehearsals, coached and uncoached chamber rehearsals. Ensembles will explore the gamut from duets and trios to mixed ensembles for 8-10 players. Intensive also includes solo performance, one hour of weekly private instruction and recital opportunities.

This intensive is for students aiming to pursue music as a career. Admission is highly selective.

Recorded audition is required for acceptance. Audition materials will be posted here. Audition deadline is March 31, 2017, but early audition (with possibility of early acceptance) is possible, so register and submit auditions as early as possible.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Music Fee: $100

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Intensive Directors: Larry Livingston, Edie Orloff, John Walz

Festival Choir Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23-August 6
Two-week session

Student Performances (subject to change)
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 3, 8 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 7 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Designed to help you develop the vocal and musical skills needed for the performance of choral repertoire. Study and perform a variety of choral and vocal repertoire for large and small ensembles.

Conductor Dr. Joe Modica and an outstanding choral faculty team will lead the large Festival Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera Scenes, Early Music Ensemble, master classes, recitals, private lessons, and much more. The choir has performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall, as well as the beautiful new Lowman Concert Hall. As a singer, you will perform in three major concerts, all with different repertoire, ranging from a cappella pieces to a major work with orchestra.

Special guest clinicians lead master classes and workshops; past guests include well-known musicians such as Eric Whitacre, Dr. Tim Seelig and Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer.

Recorded audition or choral director recommendation is required. Audition materials will be posted here. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Auditions not required for Festival Choir singers from the past four years.

Tuition, Room and Board: $3,165
Music Fee: $100

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Joseph Modica

Harp Performance Intensive

Ages 13–18

July 9-August 6
Two two-week sessions

Session I: July 9-22
Session II: July 23-August 5

Student Performances
Friday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 7 p.m.

This intensive residential workshop is a cut above other summer harp camps. Open to harpists with at least one year of experience, you will benefit from focused, private attention as well as unique opportunities to perform with full ensembles, a feature other camps simply can’t provide.

Activities will include harp ensemble, chamber music coaching and private lessons with an emphasis on ensemble skills and musicality. You will be able to audition for placement in Symphony Orchestra or the Chamber Festival Orchestra in addition to the harp ensemble. You will gain immensely from daily rehearsals with the orchestra and individual coaching on orchestra parts as well as developing general orchestra skills.

Admission is based on a recorded audition. Audition materials will be posted here.

Plan to bring your own instrument. Idyllwild can help arrange a rental harp and a discount may be available if you need to 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: $3,165

Enrollment limited to 8 students.

Faculty: Allison Allport

Jazz Instrumental Intensive

Ages 14-18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Up your jazz playing by learning from some of the best jazz artists-instructors in the country – professionals who earn a living playing and teaching the next generation of musicians. You’ll get the opportunity to rehearse and perform daily in big bands and combos as well as get specialized coaching on your instrument. Daily curriculum will include music theory, arranging and improvisational techniques, the business of music and master classes. Guest artists and faculty perform with students at concerts held at the end of each week.

Jazz thrives and grows when it is passed unselfishly from generation to generation. Come to the Idyllwild Summer Jazz Intensive and learn from a generation of greats.

Plan to bring your own folding music stand and equipment marked with your name (i.e. drums, amps, etc.). Idyllwild Arts cannot provide instruments or personal equipment.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Chair: Jeff Tower

Songwriting Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23-August 5
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m.

Perfect for beginners as well as advanced songwriters, this exciting intensive will teach you new skills and techniques to improve your songwriting rapidly. Explore the craft of songwriting and immerse yourself in everything that is music.

Your day will include instruction from professional songwriters and musicians in writing with music and lyrical construction, performance techniques, music theory, instrument lessons and music-related courses. You will learn to collaborate with your fellow students to expand your writing into new and different genres, styles, instrument use, and beyond. An average week’s original song-crafting will yield a minimum of five songs. By the end of your two weeks, you can have 10 new, original songs to use for anything you desire! Also, each week will culminate with a live performance and a live recording that will enhance your college auditions, résumés and more.
If songwriting is a mystery to you or if you have some skills but want to learn more, you will gain a wealth of knowledge to move your writing skills forward. Find your unique signature as an artist by writing songs and recording them, as well as using the Internet and social media to market and promote the music you make.
Recorded audition required. Audition materials will be posted here. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Chair: Don Reed

Wind Ensemble Intensive

Ages 14-18

July 9–22
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 2 p.m.

Register today for the most comprehensive and advanced high school summer band intensive available anywhere in the U.S.! This exciting and challenging intensive will give you opportunities for large ensemble performance, chamber music coaching, solo performances, and group and individual coaching.

This intensive has helped Idyllwild Summer alumni secure positions with prestigious world-class ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. Many alumni are on faculty of America’s leading colleges and universities. Your Idyllwild instructors will include artist-educators who regularly appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera Orchestra, L.A. Chamber Orchestra and major studio recording ensembles. They also maintain high-profile teaching studios at the Colburn School, USC, UCLA and various California State University campuses.

Daily instruction will include rehearsals, master classes, individual lessons, solo repertoire and chamber music ensembles.

Repertoire for 2017 will include Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango, Milhaud’s Suite Francaise, movements from Maslanka’s Unending Stream of Life and Alfred Reed’s Armenian Dances. These works are some of the most exciting and classic works in the Wind Symphony repertoire, so expect an exciting Wind Ensemble experience!

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Steve Piazza

Courses (Ages 13-18)

Symphony Orchestra Intensive

Ages 13–18

July 9–22
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 15, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 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 2017 include Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Your daily instruction will include sectional rehearsal and two full rehearsals. In addition to your Symphony Orchestra membership, you will benefit from a 30-minute private lesson each week, arranged individually with the faculty. During these lessons, your instructor will determine your placement for master classes and recitals. Your sectional placement will be made following your live audition on registration day. String seating rotates weekly.

Recorded audition is required for acceptance. Audition materials will be posted here. Audition deadline is March 31, 2017, but early audition (with possibility of early acceptance) is possible, so register and submit auditions as early as possible.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Larry Livingston

Courses (Ages 12-18)

Piano Performance Intensive

Ages 12–18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 1 p.m.

An intensive program for advanced junior high and high school pianists, this workshop gives you the chance to focus and vastly improve your technique and performance skills over a short period of time. You will receive private lessons, performance opportunities both in recital and master class settings, piano ensemble repertoire and coaching, and class discussions of various piano-related topics. Daily schedule will be determined by class needs and your 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.

Plan to bring at least four previously learned pieces including one that 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 here.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 16 students.

Faculty: Jeanette Louise Yaryan and Parvati Mani

Courses (Ages 11-14)

Symphonic Band for Middle School

Ages 11-14

July 9–22
Two-week session

Student Performances:
Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, noon.

An inspiring and intensive two-week program, this is perfect for you if you are a junior high or young high school wind or percussion player. Playing as a member of a large ensemble, you will perform both classical and contemporary works for band including compositions by Holst, Reed, Persichetti, Grainger, Sousa, Bukvich, Del Borgo, McBeth and Brahms.

You will perform two major concerts, and 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 after live auditions on the first day.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Susan Willmering

Courses (Ages 9-12)

Piano Workshop

Ages 9-12

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Ideal for the late beginner through advanced piano student. Enrollment is open without audition to any child who has completed three years of piano study. Daily group activities include improvisation, theory and rhythm games, playing eight-hand music, discussing technique and interpretation, learning new practice skills, and listening to great recordings.

You will practice two to three hours each day, during which you receive at least 30 minutes of individual practice supervision and lessons.

This intensified learning environment will accelerate your progress and help you focus for longer periods. You will be encouraged and challenged to do your finest work in a relaxed, loving, and non-threatening atmosphere. Specific goals are to polish one learned piece, finish a work in progress, and prepare a new piece for performance in concert. Your instructors will be Paul Nickels, who has taught Suzuki piano for 30 years, and Dr. Laura Spitzer, a concert pianist and associate professor at New Mexico State University.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020
Day student: $2,645
Lab Fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 14 students.

Faculty: Paul Nickels, Laura Spitzer

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