Best Summer Arts Programs? Our Picks For 2020!

Published November 14, 2019; Updated January 7, 2020

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 2020 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 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 2020 in Berea, OH. Learn more

ArtsBridge Summer Musical Theater (& Musical Theater 2) — 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 2020 in Berea, OH. Learn more

AMDA High School Summer Conservatory — Each summer, AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory offers intensives in Musical Theatre, Acting for the Stage, and Acting for TV and Film. Musical theatre students will have the opportunity to expand their vocal performance skills and develop their audition book. Additionally, they train with experienced Broadway performers and directors to build an original show for the culminating performance. Acting for the stage students will study contemporary plays, 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 to 12 during the 2019/20 school year. Summer 2020 in New York City or Los Angeles, CA. Learn more

Boston Conservatory, Musical Theater Acting Intensive (MTAI) — Boston Conservatory’s Musical Theater Acting Intensive is a rigorous, three-week program designed for emerging theater artists, ages 15 to 25. Students delve deep into the complex art of character development, with intensive studies in acting, singing, and movement. Students explore classical and contemporary repertoire, with daily classes in subjects ranging from Shakespeare to clowning to pop and rock vocal techniques. Throughout the three weeks, students will also refine one to two audition pieces, so that they leave the program with the skills and confidence needed to nail their next audition. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. 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 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn more

Boston University Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI) — This immersive, five-week program is designed to emulate the freshman BFA experience. It focuses on performance training and theatre-making for serious and highly-motivated high school students. Students will test their interests and abilities in a professional training environment. The coursework covers acting, design, voice & speech, movement, improvisation, and other theatre techniques, as well as providing further learning opportunities through masterclasses, experimental theatre laboratories, and the creation of an original piece of theatre with members of their ensemble. BUSTI students earn four college credits for their coursework. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn more

Broadway Artist Alliance Summer Intensives — BAA offers four summer intensives for students with a strong technical foundation who want to expand and refine their skills. Students attend advanced Master Classes in their Major (Voice, Acting or Dance) and choose from more than 30 electives to develop their talents. Sessions One, Two and Three each culminate in an industry showcase where students will perform a solo piece for NYC’s top casting directors, agents, and managers, and receive individual feedback. Summer Session Four concludes with a fully staged showcase in an off-Broadway theater where students will perform a solo piece for an invited audience of family and friends, as well as NYC’s top casting directors, agents, and managers. Summer 2020 New York, NY. Learn More

BroadwayEvolved NYC Summer Intensive — The Summer Intensive offers students over 30 hours of personalized training and feedback, including acting workshops, private vocal technique lessons, dance, business of Broadway seminars, and individualized performance based masterclasses all taught by renowned Broadway artists. The program is open to students ages 14 to 18. Summer 2020 New York, NY. Learn More

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Pre-College Program — This 6-week program enrolls more than 100 students in multiple programs, including Acting and Music Theater. With a wide variety of classroom projects, lectures and demonstrations, and master classes, students focus on the audition process rather than a production, allowing them to enter the college application/audition process with a repertoire of monologues and songs and the skills needed to find appropriate material. Students hone their material with nationally acclaimed faculty before performing a mock audition with constructive feedback at the end of the program. Summer 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn More

The College Audition Conservatory — This 8-day college audition preparatory program gives students the opportunity to work with faculty from ten of the top university and college musical theatre programs in the country. Students attend master class style courses and participate in mock college auditions. Summer 2020 Orlando, FL. Learn More

Emerson College, Pre-College Acting Studio — This five-week program, which qualifies for four college credits, offers an introduction to acting training including classes in voice, movement, improvisation, scene study, auditioning technique/monologues, and stage combat. Classes are taught by Emerson’s Acting faculty, with additional specialty master classes offered by local professionals. Rising high school juniors and seniors who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others are encouraged to apply. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn More

Emerson College, Pre-College Musical Theatre Studio — This five-week program, which qualifies for four college credits, offers rising high school juniors and seniors intense technique-based training to strengthen singing, acting, dance, and song interpretation. With its emphasis on process, the program mimics the training in the Emerson BFA Musical Theatre Program. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn more

Florida State University, Summer Music Theatre Intensiv(MTI) — This intense 3-week summer workshop for rising high school juniors and seniors is designed for high school students that intend to pursue a degree or career in music theatre. Faculty for the program include the Program Heads of Florida State’s Music Theatre and Acting programs, faculty from their School of Theatre, and accomplished alumni. The program culminates in a final cabaret that is open to the public. Summer 2020 in Tallahassee, FL. Learn More

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts — 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. Campers participate in full scale productions and can take classes in improvisation, acting technique, commercial technique, creative writing, directing, dialects, musical theater, Shakespeare, stage combat, scene study, theatre games and more. Summer 2020 in Hancock, NY. Learn more

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic 2-week summer arts camp experiences for ages 5 to 18. Their theater programs include Musical Theater, Shakespeare, Writing and Performing for the Stage, and more. Summer 2020 in Idyllwild, CA. Learn more

Interlochen Arts Camp  Interlochen offers an impressive selection of summer theatre programs ranging from one to six weeks in length for students grades 3 to 12. Program options include musical theatre, acting, acting for the camera, improvisation, design and production, repertory theatre, and Shakespeare bootcamp. Summer 2020 in Interlochen, MI. Learn more

Ithaca College Summer Theatre Intensive — At Ithaca College’s three-week intensive, students can choose between multiple tracks, including Acting and Musical Theatre. During the program, which qualifies for 3 college credits, students experience college life and college-level courses, honing their skills in acting, singing, and dancing. The program also includes preparation for the college audition and interview process. Summer 2020 in Ithaca, NY. Learn more

La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory — La Jolla Playhouse offers students grades 10 to 12 this intensive five-week experience to build the skills required by top college theatre programs. Students receive professional training in acting, scene study, voice and speech, ensemble-devised performance, and movement. During the program, students attend master classes with Playhouse artists, see world-premiere plays, engage with designer presentations, listen to first rehearsal read-throughs, and watch technical rehearsals of Playhouse shows. Summer 2020 in La Jolla, CA. Learn More

Muny/Webster Intensive — This three-week program invites 12 rising high school junior and seniors to an immersive experience at a professional theater. In the first half of the Intensive, students prepare to perform in a Muny production, rehearsing alongside the Equity cast. In master classes, students also enjoy unlimited access to some of Broadway and television’s brightest creative talents. During the second half of the Intensive, students receive pre-collegiate training from the professors at Webster University. Classes include song study, acting, musical theatre dance, improv, and audition technique. Students also have the opportunity to earn up to two college credits. Summer 2020 in St Louis, MO. Learn More

North Carolina School of the Arts, Drama Summer Intensive — 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 2020 in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more

Northwestern University, National High School Institute (Cherubs) — The Theatre Arts Division is an immersive, hands-on exploration into stage performance and production. A rigorous combination of classes and rehearsals provide students with a challenging and inspiring learning environment every day for 5 to 7 weeks. Working with professional theatre practitioners from around the country, students receive extraordinary training in a collaborative and supportive environment. Every student performs in one of the final performances at the end of the program. Summer 2020 in Evanston, IL. Learn more

NYU, Steinhardt, NYU Summer Study in Music Theatre — In this two-week intensive workshop, students explore music theatre performance techniques from the perspective of an actor, singer, and dancer. Activities include acting, song analysis and dance classes, choreography and musical staging rehearsals, private voice lessons and coachings, as well as master classes on auditioning, utilizing technology, vocal function, and a panel discussion with alumni artists currently working in the field. The workshop culminates with a showcase presentation in which students perform the material they have been working on in class. Summer 2020 in New York, 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. The summer program is open to high school sophomores and juniors from around the world. Summer 2020 in New York, NY. Learn more

Oklahoma City University, High School Musical Theater Program — In this three-week, pre-college intensive, students in grades 9 to 12 overcome performance challenges through rigorous classroom training and on-stage experience. Rising high school juniors and seniors are also encouraged to apply for the 10 day Pre-College-Intensive where students receive diagnostic feedback in the areas of voice, acting, and dance and participate in mock auditions. Summer 2020 Oklahoma City, OK. Learn More

Penn State University, Summer Theatre Artistic Training Experience (S.T.A.T.E.)  An intensive two-week musical theatre summer program for rising high school juniors, and seniors. Students have the opportunity to work with Penn State’s Musical Theatre faculty, current students, and notable alumni on Penn State’s University Park Campus. Each student takes private voice lessons and receives plenty of individual attention. Summer 2020 in State College, PA. Learn more

The Performing Arts Project (TPAP)  These summer intensives are located on the campus of Wake Forest University. Blueprint is a two-week program for students ages 14 to 18, focusing on technique and audition preparation. Panorama is a three-week program for students ages 16 to 25, focusing on developing creativity and artistry within a technical framework. Summer 2020 in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more

Perry-Mansfield Intensives — Perry-Mansfield offers two summer theater intensives: a four-week Young Artist Intensive for students ages 13 to 15 and a seven-week Pre-Professional Intensive for students ages 16 to 18.  Students study with some of the nation’s finest theatre professionals and teachers and are featured in theatrical productions. In addition to classes, students select from a range of electives to further explore their craft and compliment their training. Evening rehearsals and performances prepare actors for the rigor and artistic range required in today’s demanding professional world. Summer 2020 Steamboat Springs, CO. Learn More

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory (RSAC) — Led by Mason Gross Theater Department faculty, this renowned four-week conservatory training program offers rigorous study for young actors from across the country. Students engage in theater history, theater appreciation, and stagecraft, as well as seminars and intensive workshops with guest teaching artists. Participants attend multiple professional performances in New York City and New Jersey. The program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Musical theater track is available. Summer 2020 in New Brunswick, NJ. Learn more

Southeastern Summer Theater Institute (SSTI) — SSTI offers four sessions of their four-week program for students in grades 8-12. Each sessions includes three weeks of rehearsal and performance and one week of audition coaching with college and professional coaches. The program features small session sizes, professionally crafted productions, hands-on technical theatre intensives, and masterclasses with Broadway stars. Summer 2020 in Hilton Head Island, SC. 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 to 18, find expression and fulfillment on stage and in the classroom. Summer 2020 in Loch Sheldrake, NY. Learn more

Syracuse University Summer College: Acting and Musical Theater — This summer program was created for talented students who have been inspired by the energy and sophistication of theater and musical theater. This three-week program develops performance skills and provides a behind-the-scenes view of theater that combines music, drama, and dance. Students grow creatively through full-time, college-level theater training under the direction of acclaimed professional performers and teachers. Open to students ages 15 and older. Summer 2020 in Syracuse, NY. Learn more

Texas State University, NEXUS Musical Theatre Pre-College Intensive — Nexus offers focused training with Texas State Musical Theatre faculty and top industry professionals, culminating in a final showcase performance. Classes are modeled on Texas State’s BFA musical theater curriculum, including voice, acting, musical theater dance, tap, ballet, jazz, audition prep, improvisation, and help with audition material selection. Students also attend master classes and workshops in audition technique, college audition prep, vocal health, physical health and nutrition, and mental wellness/stress management. Summer 2020 in San Marcos, TX. Learn More

UCLA, Acting and Performance Summer Institute — UCLA offers two sessions of this three-week intensive for high school students with a serious interest in theater arts. The program includes performance training classes, movement-based techniques, a final performance project, guest workshops, and field trips. Students earn four college credits. Summer 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Learn More

University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music (CCM), Immersion Acting Workshop — The Immersion Acting Workshop is an intensive two-week program where students study movement for the actor, stage combat, Meisner technique, practical acting skills, rehearsal process, professional demeanor, audition technique, and acting as a career. Summer 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn More

University of Michigan, MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes  — MPulse 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 rising high school juniors and seniors. The Musical Theatre Workshop is open to rising high school seniors, although applications from rising high school juniors of exceptional ability may also be considered. Summer 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Learn more

Walnut Hill School Summer Theater — The Summer Theater Program’s combination of studio classes and professionally mounted stage productions allows students to develop their craft and apply their skills in performance. During this four-week boarding program for students ages 13 to 17, each student takes daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and is cast in a play and a musical. 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 2020 in Natick, MA. Learn more

Visual Arts Summer Programs

Boston University, Visual Arts Summer Institute (VASI) – The Boston University School of Visual Arts’ Summer Institute offers high school students, ages 15 to 18, an intensive four-week visual arts program designed to help students build exceptional portfolios. Students earn three college credits and leave the program with photographs of their work ready to be included in their portfolios. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn More

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts — 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. Campers interested in visual arts can take classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry making, stained glass, screen printing, and fiber arts. Summer 2020 in Hancock, NY. Learn more

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic 2-week 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. Summer 2020 in Idyllwild, CA. Learn more

Interlochen Arts Camp — Interlochen offers an impressive selection of summer theatre programs ranging from one to six weeks in length for students grades 3 to 12. Visual arts programs include drawing, painting, experimental fashion, jewelry and metalsmithing, general visual arts, and college portfolio prep. Summer 2020 in Interlochen, MI. Learn more

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Summer Pre-College Art and Design Residency Program — In MICA’s program, students collaborate with expert faculty, visit working professionals, earn college credit, learn how to put together an application portfolio that stands out, and dramatically expand their creative skills. During the program, students get to explore Baltimore and travel to cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Students can choose from two-week, three-week, or five-week sessions. Summer 2020 in Baltimore, MD. Learn more

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Summer Academy — PAFA’s five-week program provides talented and motivated high school students with a college-level art-making experience. Students take rigorous courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and illustration and have the opportunity to earn four college-level credits. The program is open to students who will have completed 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades by the start of the program. Summer 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more

Pratt Institute, PreCollege Summer Program — In this 4-week program, high school students have an invaluable opportunity to sharpen their portfolios, get a taste of college life, and earn four elective college credits. Students choose a concentration of study modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings, including art, design, architecture, creative writing, cultural studies, and many other creative fields. To complement this concentration course, students are automatically enrolled in foundation, art history, and portfolio development classes. Summer 2020 in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Pre-College — This six-week summer residential program 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. Students select a focus major out of a diverse range of 23 majors including printmaking, ceramics, fashion design, animation, glass, and more. Summer 2020 in Providence, RI. Learn more

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Early College Program Summer Institute – SAIC offers three two-week sessions and one four-week session of their program, which qualifies for college credit, to visual artists ages 15 to 18 who have completed their sophomore year of high school. The program helps students prepare a competitive portfolio for college admission. 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 2020 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 2020 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 and/or principal players from major orchestras, including those of New York, Vienna, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Students in all programs can attend more than 400 performances, master classes, lectures, and panels. More than 650 students ranging in age from 10 to 37 attend from 40 states and 40 countries. Summer 2020 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 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn more

Boston Conservatory Vocal Choral Intensive (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 2020 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 ages 14 to 19 experience high-quality training through the intensive study and performance of orchestral and chamber music repertoire, private lessons, and master classes. During the program students earn six hours of college credit. Summer 2020 in Lenox, MA. Learn more

Brevard Music Center (BMC) Summer Institute & Festival — More than 500 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. Students ages 12 and up learn by sitting with principal players from major symphonies, attending seminars with Grammy-winning composers, working with masterful conductors and soloists, and attending the nearly 80 performances presented each season. Summer 2020 in Brevard, NC. Learn more

Eastern Music Festival (EMF) — In this rigorous program, experiential learning offers students an opportunity to converse with faculty about the many issues faced by professional musicians. EMF offers programs in several areas including Orchestra, Piano, Guitar, Conducting, and Euphonium Tuba as well as fellowships in strings, percussion, piano, and trombone for young professional musicians. Summer 2020 in Greensboro, NC. Learn more

Eastman School of Music, Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies — This 3-week residential program at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music is open to inquisitive performers, conductors, and composers currently in grades 9 to 12 who are seriously considering a career in music. In addition to lessons, ensembles, and weekly performance classes, students delve into music academics with courses in music theory, history, and even career seminars. Summer 2020 in Rochester, NY. Learn more

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts — 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. Students are given instruction on all levels and perform in ensembles based on their age/ability and schedule. Both group and individual private lessons are available from the staff for all orchestral instruments. Summer 2020 in Hancock, NY. Learn more

Greenwood Music Camp — This five-week program has been enriching the lives of young people and encouraging them to realize their potential as musical, intellectual and social beings since 1933. The program is open to students ages 13 to 18 with prior chamber music and orchestral experience. Summer 2020 in Cummington, MA. Learn more

Idyllwild Arts Teens & Kids Summer Program — Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts fantastic 2-week summer arts camp experiences for ages 5 to 18, with a diverse range of music programs to choose from. High school-aged programs include piano performance, symphony orchestra, chamber music, strings, jazz instrumental, choir, wind symphony, and songwriting. Idyllwild also offers several fashion design and filmmaking programs. Summer 2020 in Idyllwild, CA. Learn more

Interlochen Arts Camp — Live, learn and perform with young musicians from all over the world, in this program led by a distinguished faculty and renowned conductors. Interlochen offers music programs for grades three through 12. Students can attend multi-week programs for orchestra, composition, jazz, classical voice, and more. One-week instrumental institutes are also available for most orchestral instruments. 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 2020 in Interlochen, MI. Learn more

Kinhaven Music School — At Kinhaven ninety high-school-aged musicians are challenged by a variety of repertoire during six weeks of chamber music, orchestra, and group and individual instruction. Students  experience community, shared learning, and mutual support in an encouraging environment. Kinhaven also offers programs for middle school students and adults. Summer 2020 in Weston, VT. Learn more

Meadowmount School of Music — This seven-week program for exceptional string players and pianists balances intense practice and physical recreation to ensure that students remain focused and productive. An emphasis on chamber music provides social interaction and personal development in an artistic context. Performance opportunities include weekly master classes with the Meadowmount faculty and visiting artists as well as concerts both on and off campus. Summer 2020 in Westport, NY. Learn more

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes (University of Michigan) — MPulse 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 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Learn more

NYU Steinhardt Classical Vocal Intensive — This two-week program employs both group and individual instruction, allowing students to explore the techniques of classical vocal performance from the perspective of the singing actor. Activities include yoga for singers, staging rehearsals, private song coaching, voice lessons, master classes, and classes in stage deportment, dance, lyric diction, and song analysis. Students who successfully complete the summer workshop and apply for 2020 Fall admission are advanced to a live audition and not required to submit a pre-screen audition. This applies to transfer students, undergraduate regular, and early decision applicants. Summer 2020 in New York, NY. Learn more

Jazz/Contemporary Music:

Berklee College of Music, Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive — Berklee’s Five Week 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. The program culminates with a final week of concerts where students perform for faculty, fellow students, family, and friends. Students can earn three college credits. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn more

School of Improvisational Music (SIM) Summer Intensive — This summer intensive is for aspiring students of jazz and creative music. Since 2001, SIM has held 25 intensive workshop sessions for 800 students of all ages from around the globe. The sessions include masterclasses, ensemble coaching, student and faculty performances, and private lessons led by a faculty of creative improvisers from the jazz and contemporary music fields. Summer 2020 in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more

Skidmore Jazz Institute — The 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 on Skidmore’s campus. Summer 2020 in Saratoga, NY. Learn more

Stanford Jazz Institute — One-and two-week programs on Stanford’s beautiful campus 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 with the idea that young players can learn directly from living legends, touring artists, and recording pros. Students ages 12 to 17 are eligible. The program focuses on combo performance and improvisation and the Jazz Camp curriculum provides thorough training in jazz theory, ear training, and instrumental and vocal techniques. Summer 2020 in Stanford, CA. Learn more

Litchfield Jazz Camp — Founded in 1997, Litchfield Jazz Camp gives about 300 residential and day students the opportunity to work with a faculty of amazing and inspiring jazz musicians who represent the best jazz players and 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. Students can attend one to four-week sessions. Summer 2020 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 to 25, 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 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Learn more

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) — This three-week intensive 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 to 22 who possess a strong technical background in ballet are encouraged to apply. Summer 2020 in Boston, MA. Learn more

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet — This 5-week summer program provides excellent technical training for beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional dancers, while dance educators come together to participate in the school’s annual Teachers Workshop. Summer 2020 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. They offer a one-week ballet intensive as well as a two-week dance intensive with daily classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, musical theater dance, and choreography. Both rigorous programs culminate in student performances. Summer 2020 in Idyllwild, CA. Learn more

Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive — Students receive superior ballet training with an emphasis on individual corrections in this unique training program designed for serious young dancers who want to develop exceptional technical skills, artistic refinement, and a sophisticated approach to repertoire. The intensive includes classic and contemporary ballet training, modern dance, and flamenco as well as Yoga and pilates. 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 2020 in Tivoli, NY. Learn more

Oklahoma City University,  The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment — Broadway Bound Summer Dance Camp is perfect for high school students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year who are interested in the vast world of Broadway and entertainment dance (high schoolers entering their freshmen year of college are also welcome to attend). The 11-day camp experience is packed with over 70 hours of dance classes and rehearsals focusing on multiple dance techniques used in the entertainment industry including Musical Theater Dance, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Rhythm Tap, Ballet, Triple Threat Classes, Acting, and Singing. Classes are taught by Oklahoma City University’s nationally recognized faculty. Each class has been created to encourage technical growth and personal development. The workshop will culminate with a showcase performance on the final day of each session. Learn more

Perry-Mansfield Intensives — Perry-Mansfield offers two summer theater intensives: a four-week Young Artist Intensive for students ages 13 to 15 and a seven-week Pre-Professional Intensive for students ages 16 to 18. The intensive includes core classes in ballet, modern, and jazz dance and electives in theatre, visual art, equestrian, and creative writing. With a faculty to student ratio of 8 to 1, dancers receive unparalleled personal attention and reach incredible levels of achievement. Summer 2020 in Steamboat Springs, CO. Learn more

Point Park University, International Summer Dance —  International Summer Dance is a six-week program that specializes in three styles: ballet, jazz and modern. The curriculum includes daily technique classes in ballet, jazz and modern, supplemented by Pointe and variations, male technique, pas de deux, tap, music for dancers, Pilates, and yoga. The program culminates in a performance for friends, family, and the public. Summer 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn More

San Francisco Ballet Summer Session — San Francisco Ballet’s intermediate and advanced/pre-professional programs provide a deep dive into ballet technique for students as they prepare for careers as professional ballet dancers. The programs, taught by San Francisco Ballet School faculty and special guests, are designed to address the individual technical and artistic needs of students. The intermediate program is three-week session for students ages 12 to 16 and the pre-professional program is a four-week program for students ages 15 to 18. Summer 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Learn more

The Washington School of Ballet, NW Summer Intensives — This intensive audition-based program offers comprehensive training in both classical ballet and contemporary dance for serious students seeking a rigorous curriculum. The Washington School of Ballet provides a safe, nurturing environment enabling each student to explore their technical and artistic capabilities. Summer 2020 in Washington, DC. Learn more

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