Published: March 1, 2019

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.June 14-16, 2019

The College of Music's CU NOW program--which stands for "CU New Opera Works"--gives Boulder audiences the rare opportunity to observe the opera creative 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. This year, vising artist Tom Cipullo workshops one of his operas and CU student composwers premiere scenes from brand new works at the Composer Fellows Initiatives. Find more information about performances on the CU NOW website

Wind Band and Orchestra Conducting Symposia

June 9-14, 2019

Wind and orchestral conductors are invited to the immersive workshop to learn conducting technique, rehearsal strategies and more from College of Music conducting faculty and renowned guests. On the beautiful CU Boulder campus, Wind Band and Orchestra Conducting tracks are designed for individuals conducting professionally, including graduate students and those leading public school band and orchestra programs and community and collegiate ensembles. Find more information and register on the Conducting Symposia website.

Summer Music AcademyStudents in a Summer Music Academy camp play drums with their instructor.

High school academy: June 16-21, 2019
Middle school academy: June 23-28, 2019

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 and high school 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 13 to May 31)

  • Guitar Class (MUEL 1145)
  • Appreciation of Music (MUEL 1832)
  • Music of the Rock Era: Special Topics in Heavy Metal (MUEL 2872)
  • Topics in Music Technology (MUEL 4121)
  • Intro to Audio Recording (MUEL 2091)
  • History of Jazz (MUEL 3642)

Session A (Five-week courses from June 3 to July 5)

  • Piano Class I (MUEL 1115)
  • Appreciation of Music (MUEL 1832)
  • Music of the Rock Era (MUEL 2852)
  • Words and Music (MUEL 3822)
  • History of Jazz (MUEL 3642)
  • Musical Mavericks: Misfits and Geniuses (MUEL 2832)

Session B (Five-week courses from July 9 to August 9)

  • Basic Music Theory (MUEL 1081)
  • Piano Class I (MUEL 1115)
  • Piano Class I - Online (MUEL 1115)
  • Appreciation of Music (MUEL 1832)
  • History of Jazz (MUEL 3642)

Explore course details and register in MyCUInfo.