2017 Summer Camps for Cello Players

Are you a young cellist who wants to develop their playing skills through an intense program during the summer? A college student looking to take private and master classes during the summer while on break? Then check out the cello summer camps below.


What Camp Should You Attend?

In order to determine which summer camp is best for you, you will need to ask yourself several questions.


What do you want to get out of your summer cello camp experience?

Make sure that you know why you want to attend cello camp. Don’t just attend because your friends are doing it. Are you intending to take master classes? Find a new private teacher? Have fun playing in an orchestra?

Once you know why you’re going to summer camp, finding the right summer camp is much easier.

What kind of summer camp environment do you want?

Do you want to a day camp experience where you are dropped off in the morning and sleep at home at night, or would you prefer an away camp where you can be fully immersed in your musical learning?

If you’re looking for an away camp experience, consider where you want to be located. Do you want to get any cultural music experiences from attending a summer camp abroad?


How long can you attend summer camp?

Most music camps range from a week long to all summer. What timeframe are you looking to attend camp? Do you have any other summer plans that you need to worry about?


Can you afford summer camp?

Finally, you need to make sure that you are actually financially able to attend summer camp. Week long day camps are going to be your cheapest option for summer camp. The longer duration the summer camp, the more it will cost. Also, if you plan to attend an international summer camp, make sure you keep the cost of travel in mind as well since you’ll need to purchase flights and lodging.



2017 Cello Summer Camps



Music & Culture Summer Camp – The Reina Sofia School of Music at Madrid (Spain)
Focus: Summer camp of music and culture to study instruments, musical theory, choir and languages.
Dates: July 10-24

The Ingenium Academy International Music Summer School (London, UK)
Focus: Orchestral, vocal, choral, instrumental, piano, saxophone, conducting.
Dates: July 23-Aug. 13

Performing Arts Abroad Music (PAA)
Focus: Music programs abroad; all instruments and areas of study.
Dates: Vary by program and location.





FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy
Focus: All orchestra instruments including harp, no piano; intensive private daily lessons and rehearsals.
Dates: June 11-15

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
Focus: Band, chamber music, choir, harp, jazz, orchestra, piano, songwriting.
Dates: Vary by program, June 25-Aug.5

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Summer Programs
Focus: Voice, composition, Gilbert & Sullivan.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Stanford Summer Arts Institute
Focus: Music theory/music composition.
Dates: June 25 – July 14; July 17-Aug. 5

University of the Pacific Music Camp
Focus: Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Pacific Music Business Camp; Senior Band, Orchestra, Choir Camp; Pacific Music Theatre Camp; Senior piano camp.
Dates: 7-day programs between June 18-July 22



CU Boulder College of Music High School Music Academy, Jazz Academy
Focus: High School Music Academy: Band, orchestra, and piano. Jazz Academy.
Dates: Vary by program, June

CU Denver: LYNX Camp – Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry – singer/songwriter, recording arts, music business, performance/ensembles.
Dates: June 18-30.

Lamont School of Music Summer Academy
Focus: Classical; all instruments including guitar, voice, composition. Private lessons, chamber music, orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, music theatre, music theory, recitals, master classes.
Dates: June 18–July 2

Rocky Ridge Music Center
Focus: Classical programs for all orchestral instruments; composition; voice; piano. Jazz program, music + environment program.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August



The Hartt School Community Division
Focus: Meet the Masters instrumental jazz; Summer Master Classes (strings, woodwinds, or brass); Summer Musical Theatre Intensive; Young Composers Project.
Dates: Vary by program beginning late June.


Florida State University College of Music
Focus: Band Camp, Choral Ensemble Camp, Double Bass Workshop, Guitar Workshop, Honors Chamber Winds Camp, Jazz Ensemble Camp, Marching Band Leadership Camp, Piano Camp, Piano Institute, String Orchestra Camp, Tuba and Euphonium workshop.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Frost Young Musicians’ Camp
Focus: Classical music, jazz, rock, musical theater and contemporary voice, and composition.
Dates: July 3-14




Sun Valley Summer Symphony Summer Music Institute
Focus: Classical training in strings, voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, percussion for all ages through college students.
Dates: July 24-Aug. 5



DePaul University Community Music Division
Focus: Summer music lessons in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, composition, theory, conducting.
Dates: July 24-Aug. 5

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Focus: Guitar, horn, oboe, percussion, trombone, trumpet, violin, cello, vocal careers.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July



DePauw University
Focus: Voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, organ, piano.
Dates: Vary by program, end of May through June

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Focus: Summer Music Academies and Workshops for Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Organ, and College Audition Preparation.
Dates: Vary by program, beginning June 4 through July





Intermuse International Music Institute & Festival
Focus: Strings (violin, viola, cello) and piano. Solo & chamber music. Workshops on: Careers in music, stage presence, improvisation, yoga for musicians, dance/movement & acting as related to musical expression.
Dates: July 7-16

Peabody Preparatory
Focus: Classical Singer Workshop (h.s & college), Strings (violin, viola, cello), Piano, Band, Guitar.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August



Interlochen Summer Arts Camp
Focus: Multi-week programs in orchestra and wind symphony; advanced string quartet; harp; composition; organ; piano; voice; jazz; rock; singer-songwriter; musical theatre. 1-week institutes in strings; woodwinds; brass; percussion; piano; musical theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

University of Michigan MPulse
Focus: Performing arts institutes in bassoon, clarinet,  flute, harp, horn, jazz, oboe, percussion, trumpet, musical theatre, vocal arts, and Center Stage Strings. Also dance, theatre and drama.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Western Michigan University
Focus: Pre-college experience for serious musicians in strings, vocal/choral, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, or composition.
Dates: July 9-22



New York

Fredonia Summer Music Festival
Focus: Band; voice; strings.
Dates: Band/Voice: June 23-July 1; Strings: July 16-22

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Focus: Musical Theatre; private lessons on all symphonic instruments or voice; classical, jazz, rock, pop. Full camp setting includes water + other sports; dance; art; theatre; circus; magic.
Dates: June–Sept., 2 1/2 week sessions.

Ithaca College Summer Music Academy
Focus: Orchestra; vocal; wind ensemble (band); jazz. Performance Track for advanced performance level students.
Dates: July 9-22

Long Lake Camp for the Arts
Focus: Orchestral, ensembles, pit orchestras, private instruction on all instruments, rock bands. Full camp setting – fine arts, theatre, circus, film, dance, sports, waterfront.
Dates: 3 and 6 week sessions starting June 25

Manhattan School of Music – Camp MSM
Focus: Voice and instrumental programs.
Dates: Voice majors July 3-29; Instrumental majors July 9-29

Oasis at LIU Post Performing Arts Program
Focus: Band, orchestra, wind, choir, jazz
Dates: June  26-July 14

Focus: Advanced classical program for strings and other instruments.
Dates: Vary by program, July-August


North Carolina

Appalachian State University Cannon Music Camp
Focus: 3-week music retreat offering musical instruction with intensive college preparatory work in performance and music theory.
Dates: June 24-July 15

East Carolina University
Focus: Summer Band Camp (full concert band, small ensemble, solo, jazz performance techniques); Guitar Festival (classical); Chamber Music Institute; Vocal Music Institute; NC Suzuki Institute.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July




Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Music
Focus: Majors include instrumental or vocal performance (all instruments including strings), voice, composition, music technology. Private lessons, music theory, sight-singing, Eurhythmics, concert choir.
Dates: July 1-Aug 11

Lebanon Valley College Summer Music Camp
Focus: Concert band, string ensemble, choir, jazz, rock and blues, piano. Secondary concentrations include musical theatre, small chamber ensembles, jazz songwriting, audio and music production. Private lessons, fundamentals of music, master classes, electives.
Dates: July 9–14

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Focus: Strings Camp, Clarinet Camp, Flute Camp, Oboe & Bassoon Camp, Percussion Camp, Choral Academy, Saxophone Camp, Youth Music Camp.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival
Focus: Orchestra, chamber music, solo performance, symphonic winds, piano, vocal.
Dates: Sessions in June & July


South Carolina

Summer Music Programs at University of South Carolina
Focus: Carolina Summer Music Conservatory (woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice, piano, strings); Drum Major Clinic & Leadership Academy; String Project.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July



Belmont University School of Music
Focus: String Crossings Camp (multiple styles including Classical, Swing, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass); Summer Winds Band Camp (woodwinds, brass, percussion in Classical & Jazz); Vocal Arts (solo and choral with ensemble options); Piano Camp (Classical or Jazz plus music theory, sight-reading, improvisation).
Dates: Vary by program, June

Memphis Music Camp
Focus: Choir, band and orchestra.
Dates: Vary by program through June



Round Top Festival Institute
Focus: Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion.
Dates: June 4–July 16

TCU Summer Music Institute
Focus: Band, choir, strings, harp, percussion, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone.
Dates: Vary by program



Kinhaven Music School – Senior Session
Focus: Chamber music, orchestra, composition, strings, winds, brass, percussion, piano
Dates: June 23-Aug. 6



Chamber Music Institute in Richmond
Focus: A festival for profession bound string, brass, woodwind, harp, and piano students with an emphasis on excellence in chamber music with quality instruction.
Dates: July 31 – Aug 4

Garth Newel Emerging Artist Fellowship Program
Focus: Chamber Strings
Dates: July 10 – Aug 7

Ovations Summer Strings Academy (George Mason University)
Focus: Unique chamber music and string orchestra experience for string students (rising 7th graders through 12th grade).
Dates: June 25 – 30

Wintergreen Music Festival
Focus: Chamber Strings, Orchestral Strings, Winds
Dates: July 6 – Aug 6



Marrowstone Music Festival
Focus: Comprehensive and intensive orchestra training, ages 14-25. Orchestral and chamber music, master classes.
Dates: July 23-Aug 6

Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Focus: Small groups and large ensembles, master classes, chamber strings.
Dates:  July 3-28

University of Puget Sound Brass Camp
Focus: Small groups and large ensembles, master classes, final performance.
Dates:  June 26-30




Lawrence University
Focus: Musical Theatre; Piano Odyssey Camp; Chamber Music Odyssey Camp; Band Camp; Opera Theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Shell Lake Arts Center
Focus: Jazz, concert band, music theatre, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, extreme strings, vocal, show choir, rock band
Dates:  June 11-Aug 11. Various camps and workshops run weekly.


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