College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

High School Music Academy (Piano)








High School Music Academy Piano: The High School Summer Music Academy at the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music, is an exciting opportunity for high school musicians from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class instruction in a one-week summer session. The Piano program will include private lessons with CU faculty members; daily performance/master classes; classes on practicing, technique, and sight-reading; chamber music opportunities; designated practice time; additional electives; and opportunities to meet and have fun with young music academy participants.

Registration and Fee Deadlines/Information

High School Music Academy:  June 12-17, 2016

            $750 residential

            $520 commuter

Registration and Fee Deadlines:

          RESIDENTS: Registration Deadline for the High School Piano camp is May 25, 2016.

          • COMMUTERS: Registration Deadline for the High School piano camp is June 10, 2016.

          Registration forms are accepted for the High School camp until positions are filled. If the piano camp is at capacity, you will be put on a waitlist.

               We will contact you if a spot becomes available.

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

                  Along with your Registration Form and non-refundable deposit in the
                    amount of $150, please provide a recording of your playing. The
                    recording should include two contrasting pieces. This is not an audition
                    CD, rather a reference for the Piano faculty at CU to assign performers
                    to chamber groups. Please send this recording one of the following options: 

                        1. CD Along with the Registration Form and deposit to:

                                                High School Summer Music Academy

                                                301 UCB

                                                Boulder, CO 80309-0301

                        2. In addition to the registration form and deposit, email
                        a youtube link(s) of your playing to:

                                    Dr. Andrew Cooperstock:

                                    (An alternative acceptable format may be a link to an audio track(s)
                                    in a file sharing website such as SoundCloud)

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


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. 



15–20 piano applicants will be accepted in the High School Summer Music Academy Piano camp. Enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-served basis reserved with your deposit in the amount of $150. In addition, please provide along with your Registration Form and non-refundable deposit in the amount of $150, a recording of your playing. The recording should include two contrasting pieces. This is not an audition CD, rather a reference for the Piano faculty at CU to assign performers to chamber groups. Please see  REGISTRATION AND FEE DEADLINES for specific information.

In the 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 1st.

High School Music Academy: The High School Academy is open to graduates of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.


Financial Aid/Sponsorship

We will notify registered campers when aid might become available and provide scholarship applications. Students often receive scholarships from local music or civic organizations, such as band booster organizations, youth symphonies, etc.  Ask your director/teacher about scholarship opportunities in your area.  If monies for financial aid from the Summer Music Academy become available in the future, you will be notified.



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. 

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