Published: March 6, 2017

CU Boulder’s College of Music offers ample opportunities for current CU Boulder students, local middle and high school students, and community members to immerse themselves in music and music education this summer:

CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW)

A conductor works with opera singers during a rehearsal.By the time an opera production hits the floorboards, composers and performers have spent years transforming theatrical ideas and music for the stage. The College of Music’s CU NOW program gives Boulder audiences the rare opportunity to observe this process and share suggestions with composers themselves. Interactive, workshop-style performances feature acclaimed opera composers working with CU singers on new operas ahead of world premieres at some of the top opera companies in the country. You'll leave with exciting insights into the creative process when you experience opera from the ground up at CU NOW!

2017 CU NOW performances, which run from June 16-18, are free and open to the public. Learn more about individual performances on the CU NOW website.

Alexander Technique Course and Intensive

Participants doing an exercise in the Alexander Technique course.Whether you’re a musician, a dancer, an actor, or none of the above, the way you move affects the way you feel. During the College of Music’s unique Summer Alexander Technique Course and Intensive, experts in mindful movement and the teachings of Australian actor Frederick Matthias Alexander help attendees change their habits in movement and thought to find health, balance and fulfillment in all aspects of life. Students, faculty and community members are welcome to attend a five-day course or one-day intensive every summer at the foot of the Flatirons.

The one-week course runs from July 10-15, 2017 and costs $400 for community members, $350 for students. The one-day intensive is scheduled on July 15 and costs $90. Get more information and register on the Summer Alexander Technique Course website.

Summer Music Academy

Students in a Summer Music Academy camp play drums with their instructor.Middle school and high school musicians are invited to see what it’s like to be a college music student for a week at the College of Music’s Summer Music Academy. With three different camps geared toward middle school band and orchestra students, high school band, orchestra and piano students and high school jazz students, the Summer Music Academy teaches musicianship, professionalism and teambuilding. College of Music faculty and music education students and guest conductors from around the country lead large ensembles and small chamber groups.

Find more information about camp dates and costs on the Summer Music Academy website

Summer Session Courses

The College of Music offers several on-campus and online music courses during Maymester, Session A and Session B. Courses are open to anyone; you do not have to be a music major to enroll:

Maymester (Three-week intensives from May 15 to June 2)

  • Appreciation of Music (MUEL 1832-001)
  • History of Jazz (MUEL 3642-001)

Session A (Five-week courses from June 5 to July 7)

  • Appreciation of Music (MUEL 1832-100)
  • Music of the Rock Era (MUEL 2852-100)
  • History of Jazz (MUEL 2852-100)
  • Music in American Culture: Misfits and Geniuses-American Music Mavericks (MUEL 2752-100, ONLINE)

Session B (Five-week courses from July 11 to August 11)

  • Basic Music Theory (MUEL 1081-200)
  • Appreciation of Music (MUEL 1832-200, ONLINE)
  • History of Jazz (MUEL 3642-200, ONLINE)

Explore course details and register in MyCUInfo.