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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.

Due to low enrollment, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Middle School Summer Music Academy.  

In our early planning stages, there was considerable interest for a virtual event, and we felt confident to move forward. Since late 2020, however, a lot has changed. With vaccinations rolling out and things opening up, it became clear that a virtual option was not going to allow for the types of connections our students expect and benefit from at this camp. With the level of restrictions still in place on our campus, especially for musicians, it is not feasible to pivot to an in-person mode either. 

We’re looking forward to getting additional clearance from the campus administration as next year progresses and we look forward to returning to a full in-person event in June 2022. Please continue to watch this page for more updates this fall!

June 19-24, 2022

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

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 12, 2022. A non-refundable $150 deposit, which goes toward the full camp fees, is required with your registration.


TBD for 2022.


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: Registration and deposit deadline 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 1, 2022.

May 31: Payment-in-full deadline 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 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 $150 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after May 31.

Enrollment and eligibility

The Middle School Summer 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. There are no auditions required for enrollment.

Once the registration deadline has passed, all subsequent interested participants will be placed on a waiting list. If a spot opens up, we will notify you of the opening no later than June 1, 2022.

Honor Musicians’ discounts

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: if you are a member of this select group, you will receive a $150 credit toward your registration fee. To redeem this credit, please use the discount code provided to you at the Honor Band 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.


For the 2022 Middle School Summer Music Academy, we're excited to offer scholarship assistance to help students of financial need. 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 Middle School Summer Music Academy. The completed form with essay is 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 Boulder 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 for students to build confidence, and develop good habits and attitudes that shape their future.

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