The Choir Summer Music Academy is an opportunity for middle school choir students from Colorado and around the country to receive outstanding instruction in a one-week summer camp on the stunning campus of CU Boulder. Participants will sing in a choir with a nationally renowned conductor. Along with their peers, participants will also attend classes that incorporate singing and the voice, with special opportunities to meet professors from CU’s College of Music. When not in rehearsal, participants can expect exciting games and activities geared toward teamwork, creative and critical thinking and fun. Residential and commuter options are available.

The Choir Academy is postponed until Summer 2019. Please check back later for more details.

Dates: TBD

Eligibility and Registration

Enrollment and Eligibility

There are no auditions required for Choir Academy enrollment and participation. The Choir Academy is open to anyone who is enrolled in their school or community children’s choir and has also completed the 6th, 7th or 8th grade.

Enrollment is limited to 50 participants. If enrollment becomes full, additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be notified by July 1 if a spot opens up.


Registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your spot in the Choir Summer Music Academy, please complete the online registration form by June 17. A non-refundable $150 deposit, which goes toward the full camp fees, is required with your registration.

Online registration opens Jan. 8.


  • $625 residential
    • Includes participation in choir, musical instruction, fun activities, an end-of-the-week concert in CU’s beautiful Grusin Hall (Imig Music Building), overnight accommodations in a CU Boulder dorm room, all meals (most of which are in CU Boulder’s premier cafeteria, the Center for Community) and a camp t-shirt.
  • $390 commuter
    • Includes participation in choir, musical instruction, fun activities, an end-of-the-week concert in the CU’s beautiful Grusin Hall (Imig Music Building), all lunches and a camp t-shirt.

Incidental Fees

  • 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, CU College of Music facilities and CU dormitory facilities.

Special Discount

  • Current members of Boulder Children's Chorale and/or Colorado Children’s Chorale will receive a $150 discount, credited towards the registration fee. To redeem the $150 discount, registration must be completed by April 15. Please use the discount code provided to you.
  • A $150 discount will be offered for students who also register for and attend the CU Middle School Summer Music Academy June 24-29. To redeem $150, please use the discount code provided to you.

Scholarship Opportunity

For the Choir Summer Music Academy of 2018, we are excited to announce that we will be offering four full-tuition scholarships to help select students of financial need attend the Choir Academy. To be considered for scholarship, please fill out this Google form, including a brief essay telling us about yourself, your need for financial assistance, and how you could benefit from attendance at the Choir Summer Music Academy. The completed form and essay are due April 1.

View the Scholarship Application form

Refund Policy

All refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to July 1, refund is in full excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 1.


March 1: Scholarship application deadline (optional). See Scholarship Opportunity for more information and a link to the application form. Awardees will be notified by April 1.

April 1: Scholarship award notification.

June 17: Registration and deposit deadline for residents and commuters for the Choir Summer Music Academy. Please follow the link above to the online registration form.

July 1: Payment-in-full deadline for residents and commuters for the Choir Summer Music Academy. Payment may be completed through the registration portal linked above.

July 1: Cancellation deadline for full refund of camp fees excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. See Refund Policy above for more information regarding refunds and cancellation.

July 1: Waitlist notification.

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 nationally 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.

Nathan PayantNathan Payant
Choir Academy Conductor

Nathan Payant is a passionate and dedicated conductor and educator living in Denver. After 10 successful years as the choir director at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colorado, he has taken a leave from teaching to pursue his DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder. Payant is also an adjunct professor at CSU, where he directs the 110-person University Chorus. 

In addition to teaching and his studies, Payant sings professionally in several Denver ensembles, including St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Evans Choir and Colorado Bach Ensemble. He is also the cofounder and artistic director of Anima Chamber Ensemble.

Payant holds an MM in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and a BME from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. When he is not teaching or singing, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful family: his wife, Natalie, and three daughters, Faythe, Ava and Lilian.


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