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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 of last year’s activities included skit night, the Amazing Race and swing dance lessons.

Dates: June 25-30, 2017

View the 2017 schedule

Registration, Fees and Deadlines


Registration is now closed. If you are on the waitlist and a spot in your section opens up, we will notify you as soon as possible and no later than June 6


  • $625 residential
    • Includes instruction, camp t-shirt, room and all meals.
  • $390 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, 2017: 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, 2017.

April 1, 2017: Scholarship award notification

May 12, 2017: Registration, deposit and recording deadline for residents and 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 6, 2017.

May 31, 2017: Payment-in-full deadline for residents and commuters for the Middle School Summer Music Academy. Payment may be completed through the registration portal linked above.

May 31, 2017: 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 6, 2017: Waitlist notification

Refund Policy

All refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to May 31, 2017, refund is in full excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after May 31, 2017.

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 unlikely 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 6, 2017.

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.

Scholarship Opportunity

For the Middle School Summer Music Academy of 2017, 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, 2017, and awardees will be notified by April 1, 2017. Financial need will be taken into account when reviewing applications, and scholarships will be awarded as funds allow.

View the Scholarship Application form (PDF)
View the Scholarship Application form (Google 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.

anne pauluAnne Paulu
Middle School Summer Music Academy Orchestral Ensemble Conductor

Anne Paulu is a dedicated and passionate orchestra teacher with the Boulder Valley School District as well as a freelance violinist in the Denver Metro area. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder with an Honors Scholarship and received her Bachelors of Music Education. Ms. Paulu continued her training at CU where she worked as a Graduate Assistant and completed her Masters Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy.

She began her career with Lakewood Talent Education, teaching Suzuki Violin to 50 young children. She started her public school teaching career working part time with the Cherry Creek School District. Ms. Paulu accepted her current position in the Boulder Valley School District in 1997, teaching 5th grade through high school. She currently teaches at Centennial Middle School, 6th through 8th grade. In 2012 and 2015, Centennial Middle School was awarded the great honor of performing at the CMEA conference in Colorado Springs.

Ms. Paulu also performs in the Denver Metro area. In addition to being a member of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra since 1991, she has had the privilege of performing at the Temple Buell Theatre with such Broadway show productions as "Phantom of the Opera," "Miss Saigon," "White Christmas" and "South Pacific," as well as many others.

Ms. Paulu believes that the quality of our culture, both present and future, is strongly linked to the quality of “The Arts” in our nation – how they are taught, valued, and preserved. Education needs to be about developing the WHOLE child, valuing the areas of every discipline, and understanding how they cohesively build intelligence, discipline, compassion, and humanity.


kristin hamesKristin Hames
Middle School Summer Music Academy Wind Ensemble Conductor

Kristin Hames is in her first year as Director of Bands at Stafford Middle School in Frisco, Texas. Prior to joining the Stafford Sound Machine, Mrs. Hames was the Director of Bands at Richardson North Junior High for 13 years. During her time at North, the Symphonic Band received consistent superior ratings at regional band festivals and was named first runner-up in the Texas State Honor Band competition in 2005. In 2008, Mrs. Hames was named as the Phi Beta Mu “Outstanding Young Bandmaster.” She was named as a Richardson ISD Teacher of the Year in 2006 and has also been honored with a PTA Lifetime Membership. Previously, Mrs. Hames was the Assistant Band Director at Shepton High School in Plano where she was named as Beginning Teacher of the Year in 1999.

Mrs. Hames completed her Master of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. She is an honor graduate from Texas A&M University-Commerce where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Mrs. Hames has conducted bands and workshops throughout the United States and in China. Her professional affiliations include the Texas MEA, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu and Alpha Chi.