Summer Music Programs (College Students and Older)

Flute students in colleges, universities, conservatories, and graduate schools (in addition to recent graduates) have a wide variety of opportunities to participate in summer music programs throughout the world.  See below for a list of some possible camps, schools, and festivals.

This is a free resource for members of the New England flute community.  Any listings through this service do not constitute endorsement by the Boston Flute Academy, nor are the services in any way affiliated with us.

CLICK HERE for an updated list of SUMMER 2015 Flute Camps, Masterclasses, & Festivals via Flute Talk Magazine!

Atlantic Music Festival
Colby College, Waterville, ME
Ages 18-34
4-week fellowship program for emerging professional musicians.  Instrumental program fellows participate in all-fellowship orchestra, collaborate with international performing artists, and perform as featured artists throughout the festival.

Banff Summer Music Festival
Banff, Alberta, Canada
College students and older
Intensive programs for emerging and established music professionals.  Includes Master Classes for Strings and Winds, Chamber Music Residency for Pre-formed Ensembles, and Banff Festival Orchestra.  Participation in multiple programs is possible.

Colorado College Summer Music Festival
Colorado Springs, CO
High school seniors to graduate students (ages 16 and up)
3-week program for advanced student musicians to participate in small chamber ensembles, festival orchestra, master classes, auditioned concerto readings with the orchestra, and private lessons.  Performance opportunities in festival student concert series.

The Consummate Flutist
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Advanced high school, college, and pre-professional
An inspirational week of masterclasses, lectures and workshops with master artists Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Soo-Kyung Park, Stephen Schultz and Jim Walker. Daily masterclasses will focus on standard repertoire and orchestral excerpts. The flute faculty will also present lectures and workshops focusing on many aspects of flute performance and career planning, including performance and audition techniques, Baroque and extended technique classes, and strategies for being a successful student and beyond!

Credo Chamber Music Association (CCMA)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH
Ages 18-25
An intensive week-long program of masterclasses, chamber music coaching, reading sessions, and orchestral rehearsals.  Also includes one day of service to others in that week.

Hot Springs Music Festival
Hot Springs National Park, AR
College and up (talented pre-professional students working with professionals)
2-week festival that pairs mentor musicians from major orchestras, chamber ensembles, and conservatory faculties with talented pre-professional apprentices.  Both groups play side by side in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral, and chamber opera repertoire.

IES Vienna Summer Music Program
Vienna, Austria
College students
6-week summer study abroad program designed with the music performance major in mind, but also suitable for other talented musicians.  3 main components: music history on a featured topic that varies year to year, performance studies, and study of German language.  Performance studies include group sessions and lectures, and individual technical training.

Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class
Philadelphia, PA
The Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, from June 23 – June 27, features interactive courses and master classes with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and courses with Mimi Stillman, founder of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. Sessions include warm-up classes, breathing techniques, and a Claude Debussy study. Student participants will play several times during the week in the master classes and receive individualized attention from Jeffrey Khaner. Due to the limited number of student spots available, participants can also audit. Auditors can enjoy the benefit of taking part in all courses and attending all master classes. All flutists are encouraged to apply.

Early applications for all Summerfest programs, with a reduced application fee, are due April 1; registration ends May 1. Learn more and register today on our website.

Location: Curtis Institute of Music, Lenfest Hall (Philadelphia, PA)

Madeline Island Music Camp: Chamber Music for Winds Program
Madeline Island, WI
College and graduate wind players
1-week program in which woodwind and horn players take daily technique classes, coachings, and private lessons given by the members of the Prairie Winds ensemble.  Curriculum also includes instrument-free sessions and seminars.

National Music Festival
Chestertown, MD
Average age: 23
2-week program that brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers, to rehearse and perform together in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral, and chamber opera repertoire.

National Repertory Orchestra
Breckenridge, CO
Ages 18-28 (must have completed at least one year of college/university/conservatory by that summer)
Intensive 8-week fellowship that works to equip young musicians for orchestra music careers.  2 full orchestra concerts are performed each week, along with smaller chamber concerts.,18977,0

NEC Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra
New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
Advanced high school-professional flutists
A unique ensemble opportunity for students and teachers at the intermediate and advanced levels.  This intensive weekend combines large ensemble and smaller select ensemble rehearsals, concluding with a final concert at NEC’s historic Jordan Hall.  Teachers are invited to participate with students in the large ensemble, and will be featured in the select ensemble.  Their studio participation is welcome.  University and conservatory music majors will be featured during one selection.  Director Paige Long will bring her unique flute collection, including her Kotato double contrabass flute, and will select flutists to use them during the weekend.  Teachers are eligible to receive MA educator Professional Development Points.

Orford Arts Centre Music Festival
Orford, Quebec, Canada
Programs include 3-week Academy Orchestra, 2-week instrument-specific training programs (including flute), and 2-week Woodwind Octet workshop.  Intensive training for rising professional musicians.

Rome Festival Orchestra
Rome, Italy
Ages range from early 20s to early 60s
4-week program in which instrumentalists and singers study, live in the center of Rome, and perform with the Rome Festival Orchestra, Opera, Ballet, Concert Chorus, and chamber music ensembles.

Round Top Festival Institute
Round Top, TX
Ages 18 and older
6 weeks of intensive training for talented young musicians seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career.  Symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music, and solo repertoire included.   

Texas Music Festival
Houston, TX
Ages 18-30
Hosted by the University of Houston, this orchestral training festival provides participants with orchestral playing opportunities, private lessons with Rice University faculty member Leone Buyse and Houston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Aralee Dorough, chamber music coaching sessions, and a Young Artist Competition. The TMF provides all of its participants with full tuition fellowships (valued at around $4000) and provides participants from out of town with housing and meals.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute
Whistler, BC, Canada
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler offers young musicians an experience and education like no other, joining together the GRAMMY® and JUNO Award-winning VSO with Whistler, one of the world’s finest mountain resorts. Students will be immersed in a collaborative musical environment alongside and mentored by a world class symphony orchestra, under the direction of the VSO’s internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Bramwell Tovey. Participation in the Whistler Institute Orchestra, chamber music, individual and group coachings, as well as a variety of unique performance opportunities will fill students’ warm summer days and cool, refreshing evenings in the mountains of beautiful British Columbia in Canada.

Start date: June 28
End date: July 5

Young Artist Summer Program
Philadelphia, PA
The Young Artist Summer Program takes place July 7 – July 26. Young artists will experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging, and supportive learning environment. This three-week course features personalized attention from top-tier faculty which includes Curtis faculty members, musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis alumni with active solo and chamber music careers, and side by sides with Curtis Artist teachers drawn from the student body.

Start date: July 7
End date: July 26
Location: Curtis Institute of Music, Lenfest Hall (Philadelphia, PA)