piano students and teacher

The piano program at the High School Summer Music Academy includes private lessons with CU Boulder 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 other music academy participants. 

June 12-17, 2022

The 2022 schedule is TBD. View our most recent in-person schedule.

Registration, fees + deadlines


To secure your spot in the High School Summer Music Academy, please follow the Register link below and complete the online registration form by May 12, 2022. A non-refundable $150 deposit, which goes toward the full camp fees, is required with your registration.


Along with your registration and non-refundable deposit, please provide a recording of your playing by May 12, 2022. Include two contrasting pieces in your recording, and announce on the recording which pieces you are performing. This is not an audition. Rather, this is a reference for the piano faculty at CU to assign performers to chamber groups. Please send this recording via one of the following options: 

  1. Email a YouTube link (or links) to Jennifer Hayghe (jennifer.hayghe@colorado.edu). Note: An alternative acceptable format may be a link to an audio track(s) in a file sharing website such as SoundCloud.
  2. Mail a CD to:

CU High School Summer Music Academy
Attn: Jennifer Hayghe
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301


  • $775 overnight resident: includes all housing and meals
  • $550 daytime-only commuter: includes all lunches

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.


March 1: Optional scholarship application deadline. See scholarship opportunities below for more information regarding application requirements and a link to the application form. Awardees will be notified by April 1.

April 1: Scholarship award notification

May 12, 2022: Registration, deposit and recording deadline for the High School Summer Music Academy. Please follow the link above to the online registration form. Registration forms are accepted for the High School camp until positions are filled or the deadline passes. If an instrument section is full, you will be put on a waitlist. We will contact you if a spot becomes available no later than June 1, 2022.

May 31: Payment-in-full deadline for the High School Summer Music Academy. Payment may be completed through the registration portal linked above.

May 31: Cancellation deadline for full refund of camp fees excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. See refund policy below for more information regarding refunds and cancellation.

June 1, 2022: Waitlist notification

Refund policy

Refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to May 31, refund is in full excluding a non-refundable $50 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after May 31.

Enrollment + proficiency

The Piano Summer Music Academy is open to graduates of grades 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12. A maximum of 16 applicants will be accepted in the High School Piano Summer Music Academy. Enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-served basis reserved with your registration and non-refundable $150 deposit as well as a recording of two contrasting pieces that demonstrates your best playing. Please see registration for specific information.

In the event enrollment is full, all subsequent registrants will be placed on a waitlist. If a spot becomes available, we will notify you of the opening no later than June 1, 2022.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships are awarded by SMA leadership to students of financial need. Need is demonstrated by students requesting assistance on their application and including an essay sharing about their financial need. Additional preference will be provided to students who are of minority.

In order to be considered for scholarship assistance, please fill out the form below, including a brief essay telling us about yourself, your need for financial assistance, and how you could benefit from attendance at the High School Summer Music Academy. The completed form and essay are due March 1, and awardees will be notified by April 1. Financial need will be taken into account when reviewing applications, and scholarships will be awarded as funds allow.

View the Scholarship Application form

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. Visit the University of Colorado Boulder Keyboard Department's page to learn more about our faculty.

COVID-19 protocols

The Summer Music Academy follows all state, county and campus guidelines to help keep our students and community safe. Masks are required in public indoor spaces on the CU Boulder campus, regardless of vaccination status; masking also applies to community members attending in-person indoor events on campus. Exceptions include directors while conducting an ensemble, students playing a wind instrument or anyone actively eating/drinking. We strongly encourage eligible individuals to be vaccinated before coming to campus. For more information, visit colorado.edu/covid-19.

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