Music

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. The faculty reserves the right to re-assign ensemble placement after the live auditions in Idyllwild on Sunday, July 12.

Discounts & Financial Aid

Discounts & Financial Aid

Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of at least $1,200 through February 28, 2020. After February 28, 2020 the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 1, 2020. 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 Intensive/Chamber Festival Intensive, or Wind Ensemble Intensive/Chamber Festival Intensive 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 Group participants may apply the Honor Group discount of $1200 to one program before February 28, 2020. After this date, $1,000 can be applied until April 1, 2020.

Band/Orchestra Enrollment By Grade

Band/Orchestra Enrollment By Grade

For students finishing grades 6 – 9
Symphonic Band (Ages 12-14): July 12 – 25
A large band of 52 musicians

For students finishing grades 8 – 12
Symphony Orchestra Intensive: July 12 – 25
A pre-auditioned large orchestra of 84 high school musicians

For students finishing grades 9 – 12
Wind Ensemble Intensive: July 12 – 25
A medium size wind ensemble of 48 high school musicians

For students finishing grades 9 – 12
Chamber Festival Intensive: July 26 – August 9
A select, pre-auditioned group of approximately 70 high school musicians, includes pianists.

Registration will open in November

Ages 9-12

Piano Workshop

Ages 9-12

June 28-July 11, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 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 summer music camp 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: $3,170
(Residential option for ages 10 & up)
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab Fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Paul Nickels, Laura Spitzer

Ages 12-15

Symphonic Band Intensive

Ages 12-15

July 12–25, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performances:
Sunday, July 19th, 2020 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 – 12 p.m.

An inspiring and intensive two-week summer music camp, 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: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab fee: $50
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Conductor: Susan Willmering

Ages 13-18

Piano Performance Intensive

Ages 13–18

June 28-July 11, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 1 p.m.

An intensive music camp 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, 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. Your intensive will include a field trip to the world-famous Hollywood Bowl to hear a live performance.

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 at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition

Tuition, room and board: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Jeanette Louise Yaryan and Parvati Mani

Symphony Orchestra Intensive

Ages 13–18

July 12–25, 2020
Two-week session

Symphony Performances
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 – 4 p.m.

The Symphony Intensive is designed for the talented and ambitious high school-aged musician.

For two weeks, participants are immersed in a creative, music-focused environment that includes daily rehearsals, masterclasses with guest artists, and individual instruction from a world class faculty. Students have additional opportunities to perform solo and chamber recitals, and collaborate with each other on musical projects supervised by instructors. The orchestra programs masterworks from the 18th through the 21st century, and provides students with the opportunity to perform technically challenging and musically demanding repertoire.

Works to be performed this summer include Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and Beethoven’s monumental 5th Symphony. Repertoire performed in previous summers include Stravinsky’s Firebird, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, and Rossini’s La gazza ladra Overture.

The schedule is designed to include a mix of instruction along with time for individual practice, lessons, and enrichment activities. A typical day  includes a studio class led by the individual instructors, sectional rehearsal and two full rehearsals. In addition to participating in the Symphony Orchestra, students receive private lessons arranged individually with the faculty. Sectional placements and seating will be made following the live audition on Registration Day.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. Find audition information at idyllwildarts.org/summerauditionThe priority audition deadline is Feb. 28, 2020, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your seat in this fantastic summer music camp.

Tuition, room and board: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab fee: $50
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Conductors: Ransom Wilson, Greg Robbins

Ages 14-18

Chamber Music Intensive for Strings & Piano

Ages 13-17

June 21-27, 2020
One-week session

Student Performance:
Saturday, June 27, 2020 – 11 a.m.
William M. Lowman Concert Hall

Immerse yourself in a chamber music summer music camp, led by Idyllwild Arts Academy instructors and professional chamber musicians. The week will include group coaching, individual instrument lessons, masterclasses with coaches and a featured guest chamber group, and performances from guest artists, faculty and fellow students. Curriculum will include Movement and Music “Body Mapping,” focused on performance injury awareness; Performance Techniques, highlighting on-stage interaction, body language and audience connection; and Ensemble Sight-Reading. Intensive also will comprise guided leisure activities including pool parties, ice cream socials, game nights and movie nights. You also will be invited to participate in selected Family Week activities. Open to Violin (10), Viola (5), Cello (5) and Piano (3).

A recorded audition is required for acceptance.

Find audition information at idyllwildarts.org/summerauditionThe priority audition deadline is Feb. 28, 2020, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Secondary audition deadline is April 1 to fill any remaining open seats.

Tuition, room and board: $1,585
Day student tuition: $945
Lab Fee: $25
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Faculty: Doug Ashcraft (chair), Todor Pelev & Heather Netz (violin), Eric Byers (cello), Jeanette Yaryan (piano), Jonathan Moerschel and Josephine Moerschel (viola)

Chamber Festival Intensive

Ages 14-18

July 26-August 9, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performances (subject to change): Chamber Music Concerts
Saturday, August 1, 2020 – 10 a.m.
Friday, August 7, 2020 – 7 p.m.

Orchestra Concerts
Saturday, August 1, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 8, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.

Final Concert
Sunday, August 9, 2020 – 3 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Idyllwild Arts Chamber Festival Intensive provides a unique opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed to excel both as a chamber musician and, equally, in an orchestral setting. 

Students will spend their days rehearsing masterpieces from the chamber repertoire under the instruction of renowned chamber music specialists, participating in masterclasses, and pushing their musical limits– all in the breathtaking mountain setting of Idyllwild. Rather than treating chamber and orchestral music as unrelated art forms, Chamber Festival recognizes the importance of developing a complete skillset, and giving the festival participants the tools they need to excel as 21st century artists. The schedule is designed to foster an experimental, collaborative environment between participants, with a mix of chamber coachings, rehearsals, guest artist concerts, and individual practice time. 

Note for Pianists: Private lessons are scheduled in the morning while the orchestra is rehearsing. Chamber music coaching in the afternoon as stated above. Upon acceptance, pianists will receive repertoire assignments in advance of the beginning of the session. The final concert on Sunday, August 4, involves orchestra only.

Concert-giving is a central part of the Idyllwild experience, and students have numerous opportunities for giving recitals, culminating in a final day of performances on the second Saturday of the festival. The ensembles will explore a rich array of music, from pieces for duos to mixed ensembles of 8-10.

The orchestra program will include Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, with our beloved cello faculty member John Walz as soloist. Other selections include Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” for choir and orchestra, rising star composer Sean Friar’s Emerald Oasis,  Barber’s masterful Violin Concerto, and Saint Saëns’ epic Organ Symphony.  Colorful and engaging, it contains one of the most exciting moments in all of Western music. Past orchestra programs have included Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, First Movement, Chabrier’s Espana and Richard Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

Chamber Festival is aimed at those who aspire to a career in music; admission is highly selective. A recorded audition is required for acceptance. Find audition information at idyllwildarts.org/summerauditionThe priority audition deadline is Feb. 28, 2020, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your seat.

Tuition, room and board: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Music Fee: $100
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Conductor: Ransom Wilson, Gregory Robbins

Festival Choir Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 26-August 9, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performances 
(subject to change):

Saturday, August 1, 2020 – 11 a.m. invited rehearsal
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – 7 p.m. solo recital
Saturday, August 8, 2020 – 1 p.m. concert Lowman Concert Hall
Sunday, August 9, 2020 – 3 p.m. concert Walt Disney Concert Hall

Festival Choir explores the vocal and musical skills students need to become great singers in every genre! Come study and perform choral music past & present, music theater & operetta, and vocal jazz/pop a cappella with the dynamic nationally renowned trio of Artistic Co-Directors Olga Perez Flora, Lori Marie Rios, and Desiree LaVertu, who bring extensive performing, conducting, and teaching experience to the mountain! #thehillsarealive

In addition to ensemble singing, Festival Choir includes solo vocal opportunities in musical theatre scenes, master classes, recitals, group voice lessons, and  more. Festival Choir performs several concerts in beautiful Lowman Concert Hall on campus, and the culminating concert is held in Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

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

A recorded audition and/or the written recommendation of the student’s choral director or voice teacher is required. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until program fills.

Auditions not required for Festival Choir singers from the past four years.
Tuition, Room and Board: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Music Fee: $100
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Conductors: Olga Perez Flora, Lori Marie Rios, and Desiree LaVertu

Jazz Instrumental Intensive

Ages 14-18

June 28-July 11, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 4th, 2020 – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Up 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 summer jazz camp, 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, 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: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab fee: $50
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Chair: Tom Hynes

Songwriting Intensive

Ages 14–18

June 28 – July 11, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 4, 2020 – 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 1 p.m.

Perfect for beginners as well as advanced songwriters, this exciting summer music camp 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 at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Tuition, room and board: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Chair: Don Reed

Ages 15-18

Wind Ensemble Intensive

Ages 15-18

July 12–25, 2020
Two-week session

Student Performances
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 – 2 p.m.

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

This internationally recognized program 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 , various California State University and private university campuses.

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

Tuition, room and board: $3,170
Day student tuition: $1,880
Lab fee: $50
Early enrollment is encouraged.
Conductor: Steve Piazza

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