Summer Music Camps, Festivals, & Retreats

Summer music camps and festivals are excellent ways to network, improve your craft, and enjoy wonderful artistic experiences.  Below are some camps and festivals that cater to college students and young professionals.

Alpine Chamber Music Festival  Leysin, Switzerland  Chamber
American Institute of Musical Studies Graz, Austria Vocal, piano, orchestra
Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Workshop Nelson, NH Chamber
Aria International Summer Academy South Hadley, MA Piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet
Aspen Music Festival Aspen, CO Instrumental, composition, piano, string quartet, opera, contemporary ensemble, guitar, recording
Atlantic Music Festival Waterville, ME  Orchestra, chamber, solo, piano, composition
Banff Centre, The Banff, Canada Jazz, chamber, audio
Bar Harbor Brass Week Bar Harbor, ME  Brass players
Baroque Performance Institute Oberlin, OH Baroque period music
Beijing Music Festival and School Beijing, China    Piano, strings, winds
Berkshire Choral Festival Sheffield, MA Choral
Blossom Music Festival   Chamber, orchestra
Boston University Tanglewood Institute Lenox, MA  Orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition, harp
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick, ME Piano, strings, guitar, harp, woodwinds, horn, composition
Brevard Music Center Brevard, NC Orchestra, chamber, piano, opera, composition
California Summer Music San Francisco, CA Strings, piano, composition
Carmel Bach Festival Carmel, CA Baroque voice
Cellospeak Chambersburg, PA Adult cellists, novice to advanced
Centre d'arts Orford Quebec, Canada Orchestra, chamber, jazz
Centrum Summer Workshops Port Townsend, WA Fiddle, jazz, blues
Chautauqua Music Festival Chautauqua, NY Instrumental, piano, voice
Colorado College Summer Music Festival Colorado Springs, CO Chamber, orchestra
Conductor's Institute Columbia, SC Conductors
Credo Chamber Music Camp Oberlin, OH Strings
Eastern Music Festival Greensboro, NC  Orchestra, piano
Euro Music Festival Leipzig Europe & South Korea Orchestra, chamber, solo
European American Musical Alliance Paris, France Composition, conducting, chamber
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Fairbanks, AL Classical, jazz, gospel, world percussion, accordion, voice, cabaret, opera, musical theater
France Festivals  France Classical, jazz, early music, composition, contemporary music
Franz-Schubert-Institut Vienna, Austria Voice, piano, teachers
Garth Newel Music Center Summer Chamber Music Fellowship Program Warm Springs, VA Strings, piano
German for Singers and Vocal Coaches Middlebury, VT  Voice, vocal coaches
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Winston-Salem, NC Solo, chamber
Hartwick College Summer Music Festival Oneonta, NY  Orchestra, voice, composition
Heifetz International Music Institute Ellicott City, MD  Violin, viola, cello, piano
Hot Springs Music Festival Hot Springs, AR Orchestral, chamber, solo, vocal, choral, chamber opera
Institute Musical de Provence Provence, France Orchestra, conductin
InterHarmony International Music Festival San Francisco, CA & Germany Violin, viola, cello, bass, piano
International Festival Summer Institute Round Top, TX Orchestra, chamber, solo
International Music Institute and Festival USA  Baltimore, MD  Strings and piano, solo/chamber
Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra Touring Orchestra
Kendall Betts Horn Camp Lyman, NH Horn
Kennedy Center / National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Washington, DC Orchestra, chamber
Killington Music Festival Rutland, VT  Violin, viola, cello, piano
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival Blue Hill, ME Violin, viola, cello, piano
Lake District Summer Music Cumbria, United Kingdom Violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano 
Lake Placid Institute Lake Placid, NY Strings, clarinet, flute, piano
Le Domaine Forget Quebec, Canada Orchestra, chamber, jazz
Manchester Music Festival Manchester, VT Violin, viola, cello
Mannes Bach Institute New York, NY Beethoven, contemporary performance, theory, guitar, keyboard
Meadowmount School of Music Westport, NY Violin, viola, cello, piano
Mendocina Music Festival Mendocino, CA Violin, viola, cello
Music Academy of the West Santa Barbara, CA Orchestra, chamber, opera
National Orchestral Institute  College Park, MD Orchestra
National Repertory Orchestra Breckenridge, CO Orchestra
New York Summer Music Festival  Oneonta, NY Orchestra, band, jazz, choir, composition, computer music
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Norfolk, CT  Chamber, new music, choral, choral conducting
Pacific Music Festival Sapporo, Japan Orchestra, composition, string quartet
Pierre Monteux School Hancock, ME Orchestra, conducting
Pine Mountain Music Festival Hancock, MI Voice, chamber Brass Camp Anderson, SC Brass
Rocky Ridge Music Center   Estes Park, CO Piano, orchestra
Saltnote Stageworks Washington, DC Winds, strings, piano, brass, voice
Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota, FL Chamber
Saratoga Choral Festival Saratoga Springs, NY Choral
Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop  Tuscany, Italy  Choral Conductors
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Lübeck, Germany Orchestra, choir
Scotia Festival of Music Nova Scotia, Canada Chamber, composition
Sewanee Summer Music Festival Sewanee, TN Orchestra, chamber
Stanford Jazz Workshop Stanford, CA Jazz 
Strings International Music Festival Williamstown, NJ Violin, viola, cello, bass
Sunflower Music Festival Topeka, KS Orchestra, chamber
Taos School of Music Festival Taos, NM  Strings, piano
Texas Music Festival Houston, TX Orchestra, chamber, vocal
Wild Acres Retreat Little Switzerland, NC Sax, flute, African drumming
Yellow Barn Music School & Festival Putney, VT Chamber

Selection Criteria

In order for a music camp, festival, or retreat to be represented here, it should:

  1. Cater to college students, pre-professionals, and young professionals
  2. Accept applications (as opposed to hiring all performers)

To submit an organization (that meets these conditions) for possible inclusion, please let us know.