Published: April 7, 2022 By

Panoramic Flutist To support our students’ and our community’s musical development, the College of Music offers summer session courses and richly varied summer programming, including: 

From May 31-June 3, the Panoramic Flutist—a program for aspiring and professional flutists—will host an interactive, four-day residential that includes workshops, master classes and/or private lessons, as well as experiencing faculty recitals and even enjoying yoga together. 

And be sure to spread the word about Flute + Trumpet Day on June 11: Designed for high school students, this fun-filled day will include warmup sessions, classes, workshops, and performances featuring Professor of Flute Christina Jennings and Associate Professor of Trumpet Ryan Gardner.

“We’re very much looking forward to bringing high School flutists and trumpeters to CU for a day of music and community,” says Jennings. “The flutes and trumpets are sort of the pack leaders of their instrument families and bringing these shiny leaders together is a fun way of bonding and sharing the CU experience.”

Adds Gardner, “It’s been a great deal of fun to collaborate and to share ideas with Christina. We’re so excited to host and work with the students, to play fun music … and, most of all, to have a great time!”

The college’s Summer Music Academy further presents opportunities for both high school and middle school students to receive world-class music instruction. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, join us in making music together in-person again—from string orchestra, wind ensemble and concert band to piano. 

Meanwhile, our CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW)—part of the college’s Eklund Opera Program—is a three-week, interactive session for student singers and composers to collaborate and workshop both their own pieces and works by new opera professionals. Composer Kamala Sankaram—who has made a name for herself composing unique works utilizing unconventional methods and ideas, including exploring the interplay of singers with electronic and digital music—will join CU NOW this summer. Public performances of Sankaram’s “Joan of the City” opera will take place June 17-19: stay tuned for details! 

Additionally, through the CU NOW Composer Fellows’ Initiative, student composers will receive individualized mentorship from world-renowned Gene Scheer and Tom Cipullo to create original 20-minute operas.

For professional wind and orchestral conductors, the college’s Conducting Symposia—led by College of Music conducting faculty and renowned guests—strengthen conducting technique, rehearsal strategies and more.

The College of Music’s Summer Master of Music Education is designed to address a variety of interests, needs and areas of expertise for K-12 teachers. Students working toward an MME degree complete 12 hours of study in music education, 12 hours of study in music and six hours of open electives. This summer, the program will be offering a course in Music Teacher Wellness which will be co-taught by our Professor of Music Education Margaret Berg alongside Associate Professor of Music Education Frank Diaz of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington.

Speaking of wellness, don’t miss our Alexander Technique Summer Course that helps change the ways in which participants think about habits and movement. The program is designed to enhance overall well-being through exploration of Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Biotensegrity, T’ai Chi and Qigong … and more.