Summer Programs

Explore our fun and inspiring summer music camps for ages 5 through adulthood!

From our exploratory music camp to exhilarating chamber music intensives, Crowden offers summer programs for all ages and levels of experience. Just click on a program name below to learn more.

Summer Strings (FULL)

Summer Strings at Crowden

Ages 7–12

Rachel Durling, Director

PROGRAM FULL

June 26–July 8 (No class on July 4)
9am–3pm
Week 1: June 26–June 30 (Monday-Friday)
Week 2: July 3, July 5–July 8 (Monday, Wednesday-Saturday)
Performance/demonstration July 8, 2pm
Tuition: $750
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14
Before-and after-care is available 8–9am and 3–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.
Audition/Interview Dates: April 22, 28, 29. Crowden will contact students for ensemble placement audition appointments after applications have been received. No audition necessary for students with less than nine months of experience.

This two-week program is designed for beginning- to intermediate-level violin, viola, and cello players. Complete beginners are welcome! Intermediate-level participants are placed into chamber ensembles or group classes; placement in a group is based on a required entrance interview or audition. Each student receives one private lesson, and participates in a variety of activities, including an all-camp string ensemble and all-camp chorus, outdoor play, arts & crafts, and music games. Camp culminates in an informal recital on Saturday, July 8 at 2pm.

All Things Cello!

Cello at Crowden!

Ages 7–14

Cathy Allen, Director


July 23–28
Sunday 1pm–4pm, Monday-Friday 9am–4pm
Performance/demonstration July 28, 2pm
Tuition: $575
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 4–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.
Placement interviews by appointment; Crowden will contact prospective students after receipt of registration form.

This week-long program provides an opportunity for young cellists to develop their music skills in a wonderful community of other cellists. Participants enjoy daily immersion in cello technique, with master classes, supervised practice sessions, improvisation classes, and small ensemble rehearsals, all coached by our dynamic faculty of professional cellists. In addition, participants learn to play music with their whole bodies through classes in rhythm and body mapping. The week culminates in a recital on Friday, July 28, at 2pm.

Piano Partners

Play music together at Crowden

Ages 9–13

Kerrilyn Renshaw, Director

July 23–28
Sunday 1pm–4pm, Monday–Friday 9am–4pm
Performance/demonstration July 28, 12:30pm
Tuition: $655
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 4–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.
Audition dates: April 16, 22

This program, run concurrently with our All Things Cello camp provides the opportunity for intermediate and advanced pianists to work collaboratively with other young musicians. All participants are placed in piano duos; in addition, some students are placed in ensembles with cellists. The daily schedule includes ensemble rehearsals coached by our experienced faculty, as well as classes in music theory, sight reading and keyboard skills, master classes, improvisation, body mapping, and supervised practice time. The week culminates in a recital on Friday, July 28 at 12:30pm.

Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy (FULL)

Train in Crowden's Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy

For string players ages 10–13

Eugene Sor, Director

PROGRAM FULL

June 26 –July 8 (no class July 4)
9am–3pm
Week 1: June 26–June 30 (Monday–Friday)
Week 2: July 3, July 5–July 8 (Monday, Wednesday–Saturday)
Performance/demonstration July 8, 12:30pm
Tuition: $750
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 3–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.
Audition dates: April 22, 28, 29

Intermediate- to advanced-level string players deepen their ensemble playing experience in this workshop, which balances in-depth rehearsals with fun outdoor activities. Students develop their musicianship and communication skills through their daily participation in chamber music, chamber orchestra, chorus, rhythm and movement classes, and outdoor games. The two-week workshop culminates in a public performance on Saturday, July 8, at 12:30pm.

Chamber Music Workshop

Crowden's summer Chamber Music Workshop features world class faculty

Ages 13–22

Eugene Sor, Director

Faculty and Guest Artists: the Aizuri Quartet, the Delphi Trio, Aaron Requiro, Jory Fankuchen, Eugene Sor, and more

July 10–21
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Concerts July 14, 20, 21, all starting at 6:30pm
Tuition: $820
Registration fee: $45
Registration deadline: April 14
Audition dates: April 22, 28, 29

Our internationally celebrated faculty guides serious high school and college string and piano students through an intensive and inspirational two-week course, developing ensemble playing skills through the performance and study of the world’s greatest chamber music masterworks. Students participate in at least two chamber groups in daily coached rehearsals and receive additional instruction in string chamber orchestra or piano duo, master classes, alternative style and improvisation workshops. The workshop includes open faculty rehearsals and a public faculty concert, and culminates with two high-level concerts performed by the students.

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Ages 13–18

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

Faculty: Emily Laurance, Scott Cmiel, Eugéne Thériault, Dan Becker, Preben Antonsen, Douglas Machiz, Samuel Carl Adams

June 26–July 20 (no class July 4)
Monday–Friday
9am–3pm
Weekly private composition lessons to be scheduled by mutual arrangement
Final concert July 20, 5pm
Tuition: $2,200
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14

In this intensive workshop for dedicated and aspiring composers, students develop chamber works for strings with or without piano. The camp culminates in high-level public performances by accomplished faculty members from Crowden’s Chamber Music Workshop.

Students will develop a deeper understanding of music through the study of music history, counterpoint, improvisation, and the use of electronics in music. Through close listening sessions, instrument demonstrations, and presentations by guest artists, each student will develop his or her musical voice, and learn the tools and techniques to express that voice.

In addition, each student will receive a weekly hour-long private lesson with our expert faculty.

Students are encouraged to begin work on their compositions in advance of the start of the program, and plan to revise and finish their work over the course of the workshop.

Acceptance into the program is based on evaluation of a submitted composition and/or teacher recommendation. Applicants who are new to the program will be scheduled for a brief placement interview upon receipt of application.

Click here for fall or spring semesters in the John Adams Young Composers Program, available year-round!

Adult Chamber Music Workshop

Adult chamber music at Crowden

Ages 23 & up

Phyllis Kamrin, Director

August 2–6
Wednesday-Sunday, 10am–3:30pm
Concert August 6, 2pm
Tuition: $415
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14
Audition by appointment; Crowden will contact prospective students after receipt of registration form.

This five-day intensive workshop features daily coached rehearsals, as well as daily master classes and independent rehearsal time. Each participant plays in two ensembles, delving into chamber music’s most beloved pieces. Crowden’s renowned chamber music faculty share their passion and expertise as they guide students through a deepened development of ensemble playing skills and music appreciation, culminating in a concert for family and friends on the workshop’s final day. Group placement is based on audition. Pre-formed groups are welcome and encouraged to apply.

ACMP

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

Scrape, Squawk, & Bang: An Instrumental Discovery Camp (FULL)

Discover instruments at Crowden!

Ages 5–9

Rachel Durling, Director

PROGRAM FULL

June 19–23

Monday–Friday
9:00am–2:00pm
Performance/demonstration June 23, 1:00pm
Tuition: $430
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 14
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 2–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.

This week-long camp is a wonderful way to introduce your child to one of the most popular beginning instruments: violin, cello, piano, or fife. In addition to small group classes in their chosen instrument, campers also enjoy a range of fun musical activities including an all-camp chorus, rhythm and movement classes, and hands-on opportunities to explore a variety of other orchestral instruments.

Which ensemble is right for me?

Read our Guide to Summer Youth Ensembles and find out!

If you have questions or need guidance on the best option for you or your child, we are happy to help. Contact us at info@crowden.org or 510.559.6910.

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