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 18–22
Monday–Friday
9:00am–2:00pm
Performance/demonstration June 22, 1:00pm
Tuition: $440
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13
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.

Please note: the piano section of this camp is now full. Space is still available in the violin, cello, and fife sections, so enroll today!

Summer Strings

Summer Strings at Crowden

Ages 7–12

Rachel Durling, Director


June 25–July 6
No class on July 4
Monday-Friday, 9am–3pm
Performance/demonstration July 6, 2pm
Tuition: $750
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13
Before-and after-care is available 8–9am and 3–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.
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 Friday July 6 at 2pm.

All Things Cello!

Cello at Crowden!

Ages 7–14

Cathy Allen, Director


July 22–28,
Sunday, 1pm–4pm
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Saturday recitals, TBA
Tuition: $650
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13, 2018
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 masterclasses, 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. Some advanced cellists have the opportunity to play in small ensembles with pianists from the Piano Partners program.

Piano Partners

Play music together at Crowden

Ages 9–16

Lisa Maresch, Director

July 22–28
Sunday, 1pm–4pm
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Saturday recitals, TBA
Tuition: $800
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 4–6pm at an additional charge of $7/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. All participants are placed in piano ensembles; a select few will have the opportunity to work with cellists from our All Things Cello camp to prepare cello and piano duos as well. In addition to daily coaching sessions with our experienced faculty, the program also features classes in music theory, improvisation, and body mapping. Sight reading, keyboard skills, and supervised practice time will be offered in the keyboard lab.

Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy

Train in Crowden's Young Musicians' Chamber Music Academy

For string players ages 10–13

Rachel Durling, Director


June 25–July 6
No class July 4
Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm
Performance July 6, 12:30pm
Tuition: $750
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13
Before- and after-care is available 8–9am and 3–6pm at an additional charge of $7/hour.

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 daily participation in chamber music, chamber orchestra or piano duo, chorus, rhythm and movement classes, and outdoor games. The two-week workshop culminates in a public performance on Friday, July 6 at 12:30pm.

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

Chamber Music Workshop

Crowden's summer Chamber Music Workshop features world class faculty

Ages 13–22

Eugene Sor, Director

July 9–20
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Concerts July 13, 19, 20, all starting at 6:30pm
Tuition: $850
Registration fee: $45
Registration deadline: April 13

Faculty:

Delphi Trio (Jeffrey LaDeur, Liana Berube, Michelle Kwon)
Fry Street Quartet (Robert Waters, Rebecca McFaul, Bradley Ottesen, Anne Francis Bayless) (July 9-13)
Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin, Joseph Maile, Pei-Ling Lin, Jeremiah Shaw) (July 16-20)
Jory Fankuchen, violin/viola
Doris Fukawa, violin
James Jaffe, cello (July 16-20)
Ariana Kim, violin (July 9-13)
Lisa Lee, violin (July 16-20)
Nathan Olson, violin (July 16-20)
Evan Price, violin
Aaron Requiro, violin
Arkadi Serper, piano
Eugene Sor, cello
Sandy Wilson, cello (July 9-13)

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 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.

This year's faculty includes three award winning ensembles plus members of several additional acclaimed ensembles including the Alexander String Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, Baumer String Quartet, Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, Hot Club of San Francisco, and Lee Trio.

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

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop

Ages 12–18

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

July 2–July 26,
No class July 4
Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm
Weekly private composition lessons to be scheduled by mutual arrangement
Tuition: $2,600
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13

In this intensive workshop, students develop a musical voice and learn the tools and techniques to express that voice. This year’s workshop will include a series of guest artists who will introduce musical instruments and traditions from around the world.

In addition to daily classes in topics such as music history, improvisation, and electronics in music, each student also receives a weekly hour-long private lesson with our expert faculty. The program culminates with a public performance of student works by professional musicians.

Students are encouraged to begin work on their compositions in advance of the start of the program. As students deepen their understanding of the instruments available and how to work with them, they should be prepared to revise substantially over the course of the workshop.

Acceptance into the program is based on a placement interview with the Program Director. Crowden will contact applicants upon receipt of application to schedule the interview.

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 1–5
Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–3:30pm
Concert August 5, 2pm
Tuition: $430
Registration fee: $25
Registration deadline: April 13
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.

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.