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Summer Music Academy

New this year! 

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor Bobby Rogers leads Reading Orchestra and Wind Ensemble courses. 

We are excited to announce new offerings of Reading Orchestra and Wind Ensemble taught by Bobby Rogers. These special 1-week courses include daily Music Theory and Chamber Music and are geared toward upper-intermediate to advanced musicians, especially those who are interested in joining, or who are already members of, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Students must be able to read Grade 3 level music.

Summer Music Academy

JULY 10 - 28, 2023 | MON-FRI, 9 AM - 3 PM 

Summer Music Academy offers an exciting three weeks of music immersion. Students can learn to play an instrument for the first time or enrich their music studies, all while making new friends with musicians from throughout Sonoma County. They develop musicianship in fundamentals and rhythm classes and enjoy workshops and ensembles led by professional musicians, including members of the Santa Rosa Symphony. 



For 0-3 years of experience, ages 7 and up (Kinder Violin for ages 5 - 6)
July 10 - July 28

Full days of music create a strong foundation for developing musicians (ages 7 and up) with experience ranging from zero to three years of playing. Students can learn a new instrument or develop skills on an instrument they already play.  Students will be placed in classes with peers of compatible skill level. From 9 AM to 3 PM, every weekday for three weeks, students are thoroughly immersed in the exhilarating world of music.
Workshop enrollment includes classes in Choir, Rhythm, Movement, and Fundamentals. Choose an instrumental workshop from the following:

  • Kinder Violin, ages 5 - 6 Back by popular demand!
  • Violin or Viola, ages 7 and up
  • Cello or Bass, ages 7 and up
  • Guitar, ages 7 and up
  • Woodwinds, ages 7 and up
  • Brass, ages 7 and up 

Course Details


For experienced instrumentalists, ages 9 - 23
TUITION: $775 (3 weeks); $350 (select 1-week courses)
July 10 - July 28, 
*Select 1-week course options available.
Performance Academy Concert on Saturday, July 29 at 10 AM

Audition-based ensemble courses and advanced musicianship for older, more experienced instrumentalists ages 9-23. From 9 AM to 3 PM, every weekday for three weeks, students are challenged to bring their musicianship to the next level. Select 1-week course options are available. Performance Academy culminates with a concert on Saturday, July 29, 2023.  

Audition information sheet

Performance Academy enrollment includes specialty classes such as Composition, Improvisation, Conducting, and more.

  • Prelude String Orchestra
  • Intermezzo String Orchestra
  • Chamber Ensemble*
  • Theater/Film/Video Game Ensemble*
  • Jazz Ensemble*
  • Advanced Reading Orchestra/Wind Ensemble* NEW THIS YEAR!
*sign up for one, two, or three weeks of these courses.  Each week will have a specialized focus. Customize a package by selecting one ensemble for each week.

Course Details



Our distinguished faculty is comprised of seasoned musicians and educators who have performed with major orchestras and ensembles throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  All are dedicated to sharing their love of music with young musicians.




Sonoma Academy (2500 Farmers Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95404) 

SMA returns to the beautiful Sonoma Academy campus again this year! Surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeast Santa Rosa, this school has offered in-person classes since the 2021-22 school year and has adapted campus spaces to accommodate COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 


The health and safety of all campers, faculty and staff is our top priority. 

Guidance from state and local authorities will determine actual policies in Summer 2023. Please check back as we release our current guidelines and updated Health & Safety Plan.

If you have questions regarding Health and Safety at our Summer Music Academy, please contact Ryan Contreras.

tuition and payment

Workshops: $700
Performance Academy, 3 weeks: $775
Performance Academy, select 1-week courses: $350

Payment information can be found on the registration form.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with application and will be applied to tuition.

For payment questions, contact Laura Leipzig.


A limited number of financial aid awards are available to help cover tuition fees. Student eligibility is based upon family income and expenses, using criteria created by the State of California Department of Education. Please note that financial aid recipients are not eligible for other tuition discounts.

Priority deadline for financial aid is June 1, 2023. Applications received prior to the deadline are given preference over those received following the deadline.

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Important dates

February 1, 2023        Registration opens
June 1, 2023                Financial Aid Application priority deadline
June 26, 2023              Registration closes
July 10, 2023                First day of Summer Music Academy!
July 27 & 28, 2023       Open House for all workshops and speciality classes
July 29, 2023                Concert featuring Performance Academy students

Noontime concerts by students and faculty daily July 10 - 28, 2023.

If you have questions about Summer Music Academy, please contact program manager, Ryan Contreras.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution from 

Summer Music Academy sponsored by The Friends and Family of Sonja Coyman-Myklebust, in loving memory
Additional support from Kiwanis of Santa Rosa 

Photos by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

Contact Us

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services | Box Office:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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