College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

High School Music Academy








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The High School Academy will be an opportunity for talented band, orchestra, piano and voice students from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class instruction in a one-week summer session. Participants will be placed into a wind ensemble, chamber orchestra or choral setting with a nationally-renowned conductor.  Select students will be divided up into one of many small ensembles in order to gain invaluable chamber experiences.  Students will also participate in electives that will serve as preparation for collegiate music degree programs. 

The High School Music Academy (Choral) is an opportunity for voice students of all levels and backgrounds from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class instruction in a one-week summer session. With masterclasses in voice, diction, concert decorum, healthy vocal stylization, basic dramatic interpretation and movement, students will prepare both a choral concert and musical theatre performance during their week together. This vocal music experience is designed to give singers greater confidence, a sharpened sense of listening, positive group collaboration, artistic awareness, and an enriching experience that will serve as preparation for collegiate life, in the arts, sciences, or other interests.

Instruction for the High School Academy is provided by a renowned guest conductor, CU faculty members, guest artists, and graduate students in the CU College of Music.

Registration and Fee Deadlines/Information

High School Music Academy:  June 12-17, 2016

            $750 residential

            $520 commuter

Registration and Fee Deadlines:

            • RESIDENT & COMMUTER: Registration deadline for the High School Music Academy                     is May 25, 2016.

            • Registration forms are accepted for the High School camp until positions are filled. If a                      section is full, you will be put on a waitlist. We will contact you if a spot becomes                                  available.

            • Full Camp fee is due at camp check-in on June 12th, 2016.

            • To secure your spot a non-refundable $150 deposit is required with your registration.           

            • To secure your spot in the High School Summer Music Academy Band/Orchestra/Choir,                           please send both your registration and non-refundable deposit of $150 to:

                        CU Summer Music Academy                                                                                                                 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
                        301 UCB                                                                                                                                                     Boulder, CO 80309-0301 


 What Fees include:

            • Commuter fee includes: instruction, camp T-shirt, all lunches           

            • Residential fee includes:  instruction, camp T-shirt, room, all meals

            • Lost room key fee (to be collected at the time of loss):  $10-50

            • Lost Meal Card fee (to be collected at the time of loss):  $5-15

            • Property Damage (where applicable):  Case-by-case Determination

Parents are financially responsible for any and all damages caused by the student to the University of Colorado property, including, but not limited to College of Music facilities and CU dormitory facilities.

Refund Policy

All refunds are by university check unless your payment has yet to be processed; otherwise the check will be voided and returned to you.  Refunds take 4-6 weeks for processing. Prior to June 2nd, there is a $150 fee for refunds issued as a result of cancellation for any reason.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations after June 2nd.


Enrollment and Proficiency

Due to instrumentation limits in the High School camp, enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-served basis reserved with your deposit in the amount of $150. For the High School Academy, enrollment, while open to everyone that meets eligibility requirements, is limited to 115 students.  In the unlikely event enrollment is full; all subsequent registrants will be placed on a waiting list. If a spot comes open, we will notify you of the opening no later than June 2nd.

High School Music Academy: The High School Academy is open to graduates of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Enrollment is limited to the following instrumentation: 8 flutes, 8 clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, 4 oboes, 4 bassoons, 4 alto saxes, 1 tenor sax, 1 baritone sax, 6 French horns, 8 trumpets, 6 trombones, 2 euphoniums, 3 tubas, 6 percussion, 1 pianist, 24 violins, 10 violas, 8 cellos, and 6 basses (1 for band, 5 for orchestra).  Seating Auditions for placement in the large ensemble as well as placement into various chamber ensembles will take place during the first day of camp.

Performance and abilities are suggested to meet the following guidelines.

      o   Proficiency of major scales:  2 octaves, in 16th notes, quarter-note = 112 

      o   Proficiency of harmonic minor scales:  2 octaves, in 8th notes, quarter-note = 120 

      o   Proficiency of chromatic scales:  2 octaves, in 8th notes, quarter-note = 80

      o   Confidence in performing solo and chamber ensemble repertoire 


Special Opportunity

We would like to extend an invitation to any High School musicians who are current participants in Colorado All-State or the University of Colorado High School Honor Band for this academic year. If you are a member of either of these select groups, you will receive a $200.00 credit toward your registration fee.


Academy Instruction

Assembled for their talent, teaching ability, dedication, and enthusiasm for music, distinguished music professionals from across the country participate in the University of Colorado Summer Music Academies.  They include world-renowned conductors, CU professors, middle school and high school teachers, master class and elective teachers, administrators, and outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who serve as counselors and mentors.  Together, their knowledge and experience support an extraordinary educational opportunity where students build confidence and develop good habits and attitudes that shape their future. 

Donald McKinneyHigh School Summer Music Academy Wind Ensemble Conductor

Gary Lewis—High School Summer Music Academy Orchestra Conductor

Gregory Gentry—High School Summer Music Academy Choral Conductor

CU Brass & Percussion Department
CU Woodwind Department
CU String Department
CU Keyboard Department
CU Choral Department

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