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.

Scrape, Squawk, & Bang: An Instrumental Discovery Camp

Discover instruments at Crowden!

Ages 5–9*

Hande Erdem,

Director

* Must have completed Kindergarten
June 17–21
Monday–Friday
9:00am–2:00pm
Performance/demonstration June 21, 1:00pm
Tuition: $450
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 15
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 2–6pm for an additional $8.50 per hour (advance signup required, nonrefundable). Drop-in care is available for $12 per 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.


Summer Strings

Summer Strings at Crowden

Ages 7–12

Rachel Durling, Director


June 24–July 3, 9am–3pm
Week 1: June 24–28 (Monday–Friday)
Week 2: June 30–July 3 (Sunday–Wednesday)
Half-day schedule on Sunday, July 30, 9am–12:30pm
Performance/demonstration July 3, 1:30pm
Tuition: $775
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 15

Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 3–6pm for an additional $8.50 per hour (advance signup required, nonrefundable). Drop-in care is available for $12 per hour.

Spend two fun weeks in our camp designed for beginning- to intermediate-level violin, viola, and cello players! Complete beginners are welcome! 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. Intermediate-level participants are placed into chamber ensembles or group classes; placement in a group is based on a required entrance interview or audition.

Placement interview required, except no audition necessary for students with less than six months of experience.

Piano Partners

Play music together at Crowden

Ages 9–16

Lisa Maresch, Director

July 8–13
Monday–Saturday, 9am–4pm
Performances July 13, times TBD
Tuition: $825
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 15

Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 4–6pm for an additional $8.50 per hour (advance signup required, nonrefundable). Drop-in care is available for $12 per hour.

This program provides the opportunity for intermediate and advanced pianists to work on keyboard ensemble repertoire such as four hands, six hands, and two-piano works. In addition to daily coaching sessions with our experienced faculty, the camp features classes in music theory, history, and performance workshops. Sight reading, keyboard skills, and supervised practice time will be offered in the keyboard lab.

Placement interview required.

Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy

Train in Crowden's Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy

For string players ages 10–14

Rachel Durling, Director


July 8–July 13
Monday–Saturday, 9am–3:30pm
Performance July 13, time TBD
Tuition: $600
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 15

Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 3:30–6pm for an additional $8.50 per hour (advance signup required, nonrefundable). Drop-in care is available for $12 per hour.

Intermediate- to advanced-level string players deepen their ensemble playing experience in this intensive week-long workshop. Students develop their musicianship and communication skills through daily participation in chamber music, string orchestra, master classes, and musicianship clinics. Daily outdoor time is also included to balance the day.

Placement interview required.

Chamber Music Workshop

Crowden's summer Chamber Music Workshop features world class faculty

Ages 13–19

Eugene Sor, Director

July 15–26
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Concerts July 19, 25, 26, all starting at 6:30pm
Tuition: $950
Registration fee: $45
Registration deadline: April 15

Our internationally celebrated faculty guides serious high school- and college-aged string and piano students through an intensive and inspirational two-week course. Develop ensemble playing skills through the performance and study of the world’s greatest chamber music masterworks! Students participate with 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.

Audition by appointment; Crowden will contact prospective students after receipt of registration

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Ages 10–18

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

July 8–July 18
Monday–Thursday, 9am–3pm
Weekly private composition lessons to be scheduled by mutual arrangement
Tuition: $1,200
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 15

This fun and creative workshop for young composers of all levels, students write a piece of chamber music for strings, with or without piano. Our accomplished faculty and guest artists provide guidance and feedback as participants hone their work. The camp culminates in a public performance of student works by professional musicians.

Daily classes include an exploration of traditional and contemporary chamber music, as well as discussions of composition techniques and instrument demonstrations. In addition, each student receives a weekly hour-long private lesson with our expert faculty.

Come create something! Beginners welcome.

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

July 31–August 4
Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–3:30pm
Concert August 4, 2pm
Tuition: $445
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 15

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.

Audition by appointment; Crowden will contact prospective students after receipt of registration form.

ACMP

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

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.