Best Summer Arts Programs? Our Picks For 2018!

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 2018 programs ranging from days to weeks in categories such as acting, dance, music, musical theater, and visual arts. 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, we hope it can help you identify the offerings that best suit you.

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!

 

Acting/Musical Theater Summer Programs

 

ArtsBridge Summer Musical Theater — Naturally, ArtsBridge Summer programs get high marks. Our 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 2018 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 programs. This program is designed to explore vital acting techniques, improve vocal and physical instruments, and get students prepared for the college audition process. Summer 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more

 

AMDA High School Summer Conservatory — Each summer, AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory offers intensives in Musical Theater, Acting for the Stage, and Acting for TV and Film. Musical theater students will have the opportunity to expand their vocal performance skills and develop their audition book. Additionally, they train with experience Broadway performers and directors to build an original show for the culminating performance. Acting for the stage students will study contemporary plays and work with a stellar faculty of working artists and take part in a live performance at the close of the program. Students participating in the Acting for TV and Film program will hone their skills with some of NYC and LA’s finest actors and directors. They will leave the program with an on-camera scene for their reel. All programs are open to all talented high school students completing grades 8-12 during the 2017/18 school year. Summer 2018 in New York City or Los Angeles, CA. Learn more

 

Baldwin Wallace, Music Theatre Overtures — Fifteen hand-chosen high school juniors will join Victoria Bussert, director of BW’s nationally recognized music theatre program, for an intensive week of training including private voice lessons, daily workshop and monologue and dance classes. Applicants must be current juniors planning to graduate high school in 2019. Auditions are required for all Music Theatre Overtures applicants. Summer 2018 in Berea, OH. Learn more

 

Boston Conservatory, Musical Theater Dance Intensive (MTDI) — Boston Conservatory’s Musical Theater Dance Intensive offers talented young dancers the opportunity to deepen their skills and challenge their abilities as they work with Broadway veterans and acclaimed faculty in rigorous training in ballet, jazz, and theater dance. The dance program is complemented with classes in voice and acting to build triple-threat performers. Students will emerge from this three-week intensive with increased technical abilities in ballet, jazz, and theater dance, improved skills in choral ensemble work, and greater confidence in and understanding of acting skills and how they apply to “acting the song.” Students between the ages of 15 and 25 with significant dance experience are encouraged to apply. Summer 2018 in Boston, MA. Learn more

 

Boston University Summer Theater Institute (BUSTI) — An immersive, five-week program is designed to emulate the freshman BFA experience. It is focuses on performance training and theatre-making for serious and highly-motivated high school students. BUSTI students earn four college credits for their coursework. Summer 2018 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 2018 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 2018 in Boston, MA. Learn more

 

French Woods Festival — French Woods is an individual choice performing arts summer camp serving ages 7 to 17. They offer programs in theater, dance, music, circus, magic, rock and roll, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, water sports, skate board, horseback riding and more. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts is located on a private lake in the western Catskill Mountains of New York State near the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania Border. The camp is approximately two and a half hours from New York City, between Monticello and Binghamton. Summer 2018 in Hancock, NY. Learn more

 

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic summer arts camp experiences for ages 5 to 18, including several theater offerings ranging from Musical Theater, to Shakespeare, to “page to stage” intensives. Two-week sessions. Summer 2018 in Idyllwild, CA. Learn more

 

Interlochen Arts Camp  Among Interlochen’s impressive array of summer camp offerings is a range of summer theatre programs ranging from one to six weeks in length. Program options include musical theatre, acting, design and production, repertory theatre, and Shakespeare bootcamp. Summer 2018 in Interlochen, MI. Learn more

 

Ithaca Summer College for High School Students — In Ithaca College’s residential pre-college summer program, high school students experience college life and college-level courses while living in a safe environment. Three-week programs are offered in acting and musical theatre. Students are able to hone their skills in acting, singing, and dancing while earning three college credits. Summer 2018 in Ithaca, NY. Learn more

 

Long Lake Arts Camp — Long Lake Camp For The Arts, is a summer Performing and Fine Arts overnight camp serving ages 8 to 16. Campers can design their perfect sleepaway camp with either a 3 or 6 week overnight experience. Their unique size of only 250 campers and 160 staff means every camper enjoys exceptional attention. Long Lake specializes in Theater, Improv, Fine Arts, Dance, Music, Circus, Drama, Rock Bands, Acting, Film, Photography, and has a beautiful waterfront. Summer 2018 in Long Lake, 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. The Theatre & Drama Academy is open to students completing grades 10-11. The Musical Theatre Workshop is open to 2017-2018 high school juniors, although applications from current tenth graders of exceptional ability and experience will be considered. Summer 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI. 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 2018 in Evanston, IL. 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 4-week summer intensive. Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors with passion and the desire to be immersed in the fundamentals of acting, singing, and dancing are eligible to apply. Summer 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC. 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. The summer program is open to high school sophomores and juniors from around the world. Summer 2018 in New York, NY. Learn more

 

Penn State School of Theater  An intensive two-week musical theatre summer program for high school students entering 10th – 12th grades. Students have the opportunity to work with Penn State’s Musical Theatre faculty, current students, and notable alumni. Each student takes private voice lessons and receives plenty of individual attention. Summer 2018 on Penn State’s University Park Campus. Summer 2018 in State College, PA. Learn more

 

The Performing Arts Project (TPAP)  These summer intensives are located on the campus of Wake Forest University. The Performing Arts Project offers two summer intensives: Blueprint, a two-week program for students ages 14 to 18, focusing on technique and audition preparation, and Panorama, a three-week program for students ages 16 to 25, focusing on developing creativity and artistry within a technical framework. Both programs require an audition for acceptance. Summer 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more

 

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory (RSAC) — An unparalleled conservatory training for young people serious about acting, Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory is a highly selective, four-week conservatory acting program that accepts only 38 high school students from across the country. All conservatory faculty are working theater professionals dedicated to providing students with a challenging, inspiring learning environment that allows each student to develop as a young theater artist. RSAC is now offering a Musical Theatre track for 12 – 14 high school students who will study acting technique with equal focus on singing and dancing. Students also have the opportunity to earn three college credits. Summer 2018 in New Brunswick, NJ. Learn more

 

Stagedoor Manor — Experience total theater immersion combined with 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 2018 in Loch Sheldrake, NY. 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. Over the course of the program, students may also have the opportunity to work with guest faculty from some of the country’s leading colleges and universities, such as The Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory. Summer 2018 in Natick, MA. Learn more

 

 

Visual Arts Summer Programs

 

French Woods Festival — French Woods is an individual choice performing arts summer camp serving ages 7 to 17. They offer programs in theater, dance, music, circus, magic, rock and roll, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, water sports, skate board, horseback riding and more. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts is located on a private lake in the western Catskill Mountains of New York State near the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania Border. The camp is approximately two and a half hours from New York City, between Monticello and Binghamton. Summer 2018 in Hancock, NY. Learn more

 

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic summer arts camp experiences for ages 5 to 18, with offerings for visual arts students in a number of disciplines. High school-aged programs include photography, ceramics, drawing and painting, and jewelry making. Idyllwild also offers several fashion design and filmmaking programs. Two-week sessions. Summer 2018 in Idyllwild, CA. Learn more

 

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. Students are welcome to attend multiple programs and sessions and a multiple-session discount is available. Summer 2018 in Interlochen, MI. 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. Choose from two-week, three-week, or five-week sessions to fit your summer schedule. Summer 2018 in Baltimore, MD. 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. The program is open to students who will have completed 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades by Summer 2018. The program welcomes young artists dedicated to honing their craft and exploring the world of art. Summer 2018 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 2018 in Brooklyn, 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 2018 in Providence, RI. Learn more

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Early College Program – Three two-week sessions and one four-week session are available to visual arts between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. Enrolled students earn transferable college credit. Students have the opportunity to study with passionate teachers and acclaimed practicing artists, designers, and scholars, many of whom teach in the undergraduate program at SAIC. Summer 2018 in Chicago, IL. Learn more

 

Music Summer Programs

 

Vocal and Instrumental:

 

ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong — Spend two weeks with faculty from top college and conservatory voice programs concentrating on solo classical vocal skills within the art song repertoire. The curriculum stresses vocal technique, diction and language, repertoire, acting, 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 2018 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 2018 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! Summer 2018 in Boston, MA. Learn more

 

Boston Conservatory Vocal Choral Institute (VCI) — 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. Students take voice lessons and participate in special master classes with Conservatory faculty. Every student in VCI performs in two solo recitals and the program ends with a gala ensemble performance. Summer 2018 in Boston, MA. Learn more

  

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) — 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 2018 in Lenox, MA. 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 2018 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 2018 in Greensboro, NC. Learn more

 

French Woods Festival — French Woods is an individual choice performing arts summer camp serving ages 7 to 17. They offer programs in theater, dance, music, circus, magic, rock and roll, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, water sports, skate board, horseback riding and more. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts is located on a private lake in the western Catskill Mountains of New York State near the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania Border. The camp is approximately two and a half hours from New York City, between Monticello and Binghamton. Summer 2018 in Hancock, NY. 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 2018 in Cummington, MA. Learn more

 

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic summer arts camp experiences for ages 5 to 18, with a diverse range of music programs to choose from. For high schoolers, Idyllwild offers intensives in chamber festival, harp performance, jazz instrumental, festival choir, wind symphony and songwriting. Two-week sessions. Summer 2018 in Idyllwild, CA. 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 2018 in Interlochen, MI. Learn more

 

Kinhaven Music School — Ninety high-school-aged musicians are challenged by a variety of repertoire during six weeks of chamber music, orchestra, and group and individual instruction. The experience is one of community, shared learning, and mutual support in which friendship and encouragement are always present. Summer 2018 in Weston, VT. Learn more

 

Meadowmount 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. Summer 2018 in Westport, 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 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI. Learn more

 

Music Horizons at 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. Summer 2018 in Rochester, NY. 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. Students who successfully complete the summer workshop and apply for 2019 Fall admission are advanced to a live audition and not required to submit a pre-screen audition. This applies to transfer students, undergraduate regular or early decision applicants. Summer 2018 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. Students play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, and improve their technique in weekly private lessons. Summer 2018 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 2018 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 early July. Summer 2018 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 2018 in Stanford, CA. Learn more

 

Litchfield Jazz Camp — Founded in 1997, Litchfield Jazz Camp serves 350- 400 residential and day students. Students, age 12 and up, have the opportunity to work with a faculty of amazing and inspiring jazz musicians who represent the best jazz players/educators on the scene today. Litchfield is a non-competitive, all-inclusive program. No audition is required – just a desire to attend and make music. Summer 2018 in Washington, CT. 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 2018 in San Francisco, 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. Students and professionals between the ages of 15–22 who possess a strong technical background in ballet are encouraged to apply. Summer 2018 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 2018 in Carlisle, PA. Learn more

 

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic summer arts camp experiences for ages 5 to 18; each summer, they offer two sessions of their dance intensive, which culminates in a student performance. Two-week sessions. Summer 2018 in Idyllwild, CA. 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 in Washington, DC. Learn more


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