Best Summer Arts Programs? Our Picks For 2017!

Personally selected and highly rated programs by ArtsBridge students & faculty.

Summer programs come in all shapes and sizes for visual and performing arts. So it really helps to know your options and have a list of recommendations. That’s why the ArtsBridge community has weighed in on our top selections for 2017 programs ranging from days to weeks in categories such as acting, musical theater, visual arts, music, and dance. Of course our own ArtsBridge Summer programs get rave reviews, but many of our clients attend more than one program. While this is not a complete list, it is an excellent list that we hope can help you identify the offerings that best suit you.


Acting/Musical Theater Summer Programs


ArtsBridge Summer Musical Theater — Naturally, ArtsBridge Summer get high marks:) Our flagship two-week intensive provides specialized guidance on what it takes to be a theater artist, from acting to song & dance with a particular focus on college admission in the performing arts. Students looking to major or minor in musical theater learn how to make the right college choice while gaining great insight into auditions and applications as well as technique and repertoire. Summer 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more


ArtsBridge Summer Dramatic Acting — This two-week intensive prepares serious students for conservatory-style actor training and delivers the type of rigorous instruction found in top college and conservatory programs. This program is designed to explore vital acting techniques, improve vocal and physical instruments, and get students fully prepped for the college audition process. Summer 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more


Boston University Summer Theater Institute (BUSTI) — An immersive, five-week program is designed to emulate the freshman BFA experience. It is focused on performance training and theatre-making for serious and highly-motivated high school students. BUSTI students earn four college credits for their coursework. Summer 2017 in Boston, MA. Learn more


Broadway Dreams Summer Intensive – Students who participate in the week-long workshops receive personal instruction from Broadway performers and industry professionals on acting, vocal technique, song selection and dance. Students also audition for top Broadway casting directors and agents. The intensive concludes with a professional showcase at week’s end, starring students alongside their Broadway faculty. Summer 2017 in various cities. Learn more


Emerson Pre-College Musical Theater Program — Musical Theatre Studio offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to train in an intensive, 5-week musical theatre program. The focus is on technique-based training to strengthen performance skills, and students can opt for four college credits. Summer 2017 in Boston, MA. Learn more


North Carolina School of the Arts: Drama Summer Session — Faculty members of UNCSA’s renowned School of Drama, along with distinguished guest artists, are the instructors in this 3-week summer intensive. Summer 2017 in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more


National High School Institute, Cherubs (Northwestern University) — The goal is to bring together gifted young people and superior teachers in an atmosphere of affection, knowledge, and trust with college-level experience in theater arts. Summer 2017 in Evanston, IL. Learn more


Stagedoor Manor — Experience total theater immersion plus all of the fun of a great summer camp. With 3-week sessions, young performers, ages 10-18, find expression and fulfillment on stage and in the classroom. Summer 2017 in Lock Sheldrake, NY. Learn more


NYU, Tisch: Summer High School — In each four-week program, students are enrolled in college-level courses taught by full-time faculty. Upon successful completion of the summer program, students earn six college credits. Summer 2017 in New York, NY. Learn more


MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes (University of Michigan) — Provides an opportunity for approximately 250 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Summer 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI. Learn more


The Performing Arts Project (TPAP)  These summer intensives are located on the campus of Wake Forest University. Both high school and college-aged performers attend the program, but most classes are “divided according to age and individual strengths.” TPAP summer intensives run for two weeks and three weeks in June and July. Summer 2017 in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more


Walnut Hill School Summer Theater — Develops theatrical knowledge through performance and classroom work for further study in school and college. During the five-week boarding program for students ages 13–17, each participant takes daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and is cast in a play and a musical, as well as the ensemble of a second musical production. Summer 2017 in Natick, MA. Learn more



Visual Arts Summer Programs


Interlochen Arts Camp — High school students can choose between 7 different visual arts programs ranging from 1-week sessions to 6-week sessions. Programs include drawing, painting, experimental fashion, jewelry and metalsmithing, and general visual arts. Learn more


Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) — Collaborate with MICA expert faculty, visit working professionals, earn college credit, learn how to put together an application portfolio that stands out, and dramatically expand your creative skills. Summer 2017 in Baltimore, MD and Tuscany, Italy. Learn more


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) — This is the definitive program for talented and motivated high school students: a five-week, college-level art-making experience in the nation’s first and premier school of fine art. Summer 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more


Pratt Institute — Over 400 high school students have an invaluable opportunity to sharpen their portfolios, get a taste of college life, and earn four elective college credits. Students are immersed in a program of art, design, architecture, or creative writing. Summer 2017 in Brooklyn, NY and New York, NY. Learn more


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) — The six-week summer residential offers high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-level studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls while mastering a range of materials and techniques guided by award-winning faculty. Summer 2017 in Providence, RI. Learn more


School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Early College Program – Four different sessions for high school visual arts students with 1-, 2-, and 4-week options. Enrolled students earn transferable college credit. Learn more


Music Summer Programs


Vocal and Instrumental:


ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong — As a voice student, you’ll concentrate on solo classical vocal skills within the art song repertoire. The curriculum stresses vocal technique, diction and language, repertoire, acting for singers, and performance and audition skills as well as guest master classes and workshops on a range of musical topics and college/conservatory auditions. The final assessment for every student includes a faculty write up and professional quality video. Summer 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more


Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS)  In addition to private instruction, many students rehearse and perform major orchestral repertoire side-by-side with their teachers or principal players from major orchestras in New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Students in all programs are able to attend more than 300 performances, master classes, lectures, and panels. More than 600 students attend from 40 states and 40 countries ranging in age from 10-37. Summer 2017 in Aspen, CO. Learn more


Berklee College of Music Summer Programs — Berklee offers a wide range of residential summer programs at both its Boston campus and its Valencia, Spain campus. Explore the world of classical and contemporary music in your choice of medium: performance, composition, musical theatre, songwriting, technology — the list goes on! Learn more


Boston Conservatory Vocal Choral Institute — A two-week summer program for high school-aged singers who are focused on musical theater or classical music. Young performers explore their abilities and potential as soloists, actors, choral singers and musicians. Summer 2017 in Boston, MA. Learn more


Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Under the guidance of professional conductors, artists/teachers, and Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) members, students experience high-quality training through the intensive study and performance of orchestral and chamber music repertoire. Summer 2017 in the Berkshires. Learn more


Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Institute & Festival — More than 400 gifted students come to the Music Center every summer to study with a distinguished faculty of over 80 artists from the nation’s leading orchestras, colleges, and conservatories. Over the past eight decades, BMC has welcomed many of the world’s most famous musicians to perform with talented student orchestras. Summer 2017 in Brevard, NC. Learn more


Eastern Music Festival (EMF) — Optional classroom instruction related to the performance and business of music is offered in several areas including Orchestra Program, Piano Program, Guitar Program, Conducting Institute, String Fellowship and Percussion Fellowship. In this rigorous program, experiential learning offers students an opportunity to converse with faculty about the many issues that professional musicians face. Summer 2017 in Greensboro, NC. Learn more


Greenwood Music Camp — This five-week program has been enriching the lives of young people, encouraging them to realize their potential as musical, intellectual and social beings since 1933. Summer 2017 in Cummington, MA. Learn more


Interlochen Arts Camp — Each Interlochen summer affirms the power of music to enrich and shape lives and is inspired by distinguished teachers, renowned conductors and memorable performances. Summer 2017 in Interlochen, MI. Learn more


Meadowmont School of Music — Located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, a seven-week program for “exceptional string players and pianists.” Students are ages 9 to 30. Performance opportunities include weekly master classes with the Meadowmount faculty and visiting artists as well as concerts both on and off campus. Learn more


MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes (University of Michigan) — Provides an opportunity for approximately 250 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Summer 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI. Learn more


Music Horizons (Eastman School of Music) — A 3-week residential program that gives students a taste of life at the Eastman School of Music without the snow. In addition to lessons, ensembles, and weekly performance classes, students also delve into music academics with courses in music theory, history, and even career seminars. Learn more


NYU Steinhardt Classical Vocal Intensive — Explore the techniques of classical vocal performance from the perspective of the singing actor. This two-week program employs both group and individual instruction. Activities include yoga for singers, stage deportment and dance classes, staging rehearsals, lyric diction and song analysis classes, private song coaching, voice lessons, and a series of master classes on subjects related to the field. Summer 2017 in New York, NY. Learn more


Jazz/Contemporary Music:


Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance — Now in its 31st year, Berklee is the largest, most comprehensive summer music program available with diversity of study options, world-class faculty, visiting artists, and state-of-the-art facilities. Play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, and improve your technique in weekly private lessons. Summer 2017 in Boston, MA. Learn more


School of Improvisational Music (SIM) Summer Intensive — The School for Improvisational Music is for aspiring students of jazz and creative music. This year the program will take place at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and is open to all ages. Since 2001, SIM has held 25 intensive workshop sessions for 800 students from around the globe. The faculty consists of a cross-section of the most creative improvisers from the jazz and contemporary music fields. Summer 2017 in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more


Skidmore Jazz Institute — Provides a new generation of musicians the opportunity to mingle with and learn from gifted educators and world-class performers in an intimate and supportive environment. Students work closely with faculty in daily combo rehearsals, private lessons and improvisational and special classes at Skidmore campus in New York from the end of June through mid-July. Summer 2017 in Saratoga, NY. Learn more


Stanford Jazz Institute — One-and two-week programs on the beautiful campus of Stanford offer instrumentalists and vocalists an opportunity to study and play with motivated peers and a prestigious faculty of professional musicians and educators. Ages of participants are mixed, in the idea that young players can learn directly from living legends, touring artists, and recording pros. Summer 2017 in Stanford, CA. Learn more



Dance Summer Programs


Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Program — Young dancers are guided through a collaborative journey of artistic risk-taking and independent thinking to explore, solve problems and realize their full potential. Designed for aspiring artists ages 11-24, this intensive program supports the growth of the contemporary ballet dancer with training that is rooted in the philosophy and guidance of master choreographer Alonzo King. Summer 2017 in San Fransisco, CA. Learn more


Boston Conservatory Summer Dance Intensive — This three-week intensive at Berklee offers talented young dancers the opportunity to deepen their skills and challenge their abilities as they work with esteemed professionals and acclaimed faculty in contemporary ballet, modern dance and improvisation. Summer 2017 in Boston, MA. Learn more


Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet — The 5-week summer program provides unparalleled technical training for beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional dancers, while dance educators come together to participate in the school’s annual Teachers Workshop. Summer 2017 in Carlisle, PA. Learn more


Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet— Celebrates 18 years as one of the ultimate training, coaching and mentoring dance experiences. A permanent international dance center provides a creative residence in an aesthetically inspirational and healthy working environment for dance artists. Auditions are held in various cities across the country. Summer 2017 in Tivoli, NY. Learn more


Perry-Mansfield — For the serious student interested in pursuing a career in the arts, this is a unique program that boasts a distinguished faculty that translates the demands of the professional world into a one-of-a-kind experience. Summer 2017 in Steamboat Springs, CO. Learn more


San Francisco Ballet — Offers both intermediate and advanced/pre-professional students programs to specifically address their technical and artistic needs. Classes are taught by San Francisco Ballet School faculty and special guests. Summer 2017 in San Francisco, CA. Learn more


San Francisco Conservatory of Dance — The three sessions of the summer program this year aim to advance students’ artistic development and broaden the realm of their possibilities through unique curricula designed by a stellar faculty. Summer 2017 in San Francisco, CA. Learn more


The Washington Ballet — Students are accepted into The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) Summer Intensive by audition only. Audition classes will take place in various cities. Students may audition by either attending an audition class or submitting a video audition. Summer 2017 in Washington, DC. Learn more


Keep in mind that wherever you decide to apply, deadlines are looming! Don’t wait to decide what to do with your summer —you don’t want to be left home on the couch.

A special shout out to ArtsBridge Summer attendees and everyone in the ArtsBridge community who contributed to this list of amazing programs! And if you need additional help, you should look into our college consulting services and get in touch!



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