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The Middle School Summer Music Academy will be an opportunity for talented band and orchestra students from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class instruction in a one-week summer session. Band and orchestra participants will be placed into a concert band or string orchestra with a nationally renowned conductor. When not in rehearsal, you can expect exciting games and activities throughout the week geared toward teamwork, creative and critical thinking, and fun; a few activities from previous years included skit night, the Amazing Race and visiting Fiske Planetarium on campus.

Dates: June 21-26, 2020

Exciting news – the Imig Music Building is currently undergoing construction, as of January 2019!  We are looking forward to a partial reconstruction of our building with new facilities, additional spaces, and expanded capabilities.  As the construction project will last about a year and a half, the 2019 and 2020 Summer Music Academies (both High School and Middle School) will be impacted. 

We will begin our week in Williams Village, just to the south and east of main campus.  Our residence hall, commuter drop-offs and pick-ups, rehearsals, meals, and recreational activities will all be held in this complex.  The activities we will hold at the Imig Music Building on main campus will be: large ensemble rehearsals on Friday, and the Band and Strings Final Concert on Friday.  We will provide transportation from Williams Village (“Will Vill”) to Imig for ALL instances except the Final Concert.  On Friday afternoon, you will need to pick up your student from Will Vill, and return them to the Imig Music Building for the Final Concert at call time, in concert dress (please see schedule for exact times). 

As a result of construction, there will be a loss of street access along the south side of the Imig Music Building; and some classroom spaces still in use will be adjacent to construction areas.  Crews, faculty, and staff will all work together to minimize the impact on the College of Music both day-to-day and for special events, including the Summer Music Academies. 

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this exciting transition period!

View the 2020 schedule here

Registration, Fees and Deadlines


To secure your spot in the Middle School Summer Music Academy, please follow the registration form link below and complete the online registration form by May 7, 2020. A non-refundable $150 deposit, which goes toward the full camp fees, is required with your registration. 

**As a result of moving to a new registration system, our payment options have changed.  Please read the payment options information on the first page of the online registration form.

Online registration opens Jan. 16, 2020 at 10 a.m., MST. Register here!


  • $675 overnight resident
    • Includes instruction, camp t-shirt, on-campus lodging and all meals.
  • $450 daytime commuter
    • Includes instruction, camp t-shirt and 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 Opportunity 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 7, 2020: Registration and deposit deadline for overnight residents and daytime commuters for the Middle School Summer Music Academy. Please follow the link above to the online registration form. Registration forms are accepted for the middle 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 2, 2020.

May 31: Payment-in-full deadline for overnight residents and daytime commuters for the Middle 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 2, 2020: Waitlist notification

Refund Policy

Refunds for card payments will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Refunds for check payments will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form. Prior to May 31, refund is in full excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after May 31.

Enrollment and Eligibility

The Middle School Academy is open to graduates of grades 6, 7 and 8.  Enrollment is open to anyone enrolled in a school band and/or orchestra class (max enrollment for the band is 80 students and max enrollment for the orchestra is 80 students). While there are no auditions required for enrollment, there will be auditions for seat placement during the first full day of camp.

While open to everyone that meets eligibility requirements, enrollment is limited to 160 students. In the event enrollment is full, all subsequent registrants will be placed on a waiting list. If a spot opens up, we will notify you of the opening no later than June 2, 2020.

Special Opportunity

We would like to extend an invitation to any Middle School musicians who are current participants in the University of Colorado Middle School Honor Band for this academic year. If you are a member of this select group, you will receive a $150 credit toward your registration fee. In order to redeem this credit, please use the discount code provided to you at the festival. If you register for the Academy before the Honor Band Festival, we will apply the $150 discount to your registration after the festival has ended.

Scholarship Opportunity

For the Middle School Summer Music Academy of 2020, we are excited to announce that we will be offering scholarship assistance to help select students of financial need attend the Middle School Academy. In order to be considered for scholarship assistance, please fill out the form below and return the completed form along with a brief essay telling us about yourself, your need for financial assistance, and how you could benefit from attendance at the Middle School Summer Music Academy. Instead of mailing or emailing the completed form, you may complete the Google form below. 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.

Erin Moriearty
Middle School Summer Music Academy Wind Ensemble Conductor

Cameron Law
Middle School Summer Music Academy Orchestral Ensemble Conductor​

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