Summer Music Academy

Registration for July 2024 Now Open!

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.

Courses

Instrument Workshops

MON-FRI, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 8 – July 26

For 0-3 years of experience, ages 7-14 (Kinder Violin for ages 5-6)

Full days of music create a strong foundation for developing musicians (ages 7-14; Kinder ages 5-6) 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 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, every weekday for three weeks, students are thoroughly immersed in the exhilarating world of music.

Choose an instrumental workshop from the following:

  • Kinder Violin, ages 5-6   (Limited space available)
  • Violin or Viola, ages 7-14
  • Cello or Double bass, ages 7-14
  • Guitar, ages 7-14
  • Woodwinds, ages 7-14
  • Brass, ages 7-14

Workshop enrollment includes classes in Choir, Rhythm, Movement, and Fundamentals.

Performance Academy

MON-FRI, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 8 – July 26.
*Select 1-week course options available.
Performance Academy Concert on Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 am

For experienced instrumentalists ages 9-23. Placement audition required.

AUDITION INFORMATION – CLICK HERE

Audition-based ensemble courses and advanced musicianship for older, more experienced instrumentalists ages 9-23. From 9:00 am to 3:00 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 27, 2024. 

  • Prelude String Orchestra (3 weeks only)
  • Intermezzo String Orchestra (3 weeks only)
  • Chamber Ensemble/Electives*
  • Music Technology/Composition*
  • Jazz Ensemble*

*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.

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

Workshops – Course Details

For 0-3 years of experience, ages 7-14 (Kinder Violin for ages 5-6).

Workshop classes are a good choice for brand new or developing musicians. Students with some instrument experience will be placed in classes with peers of compatible skill level.  Enrollment includes daily Choir, Rhythm, Movement and Fundamentals classes.

One week option NOT available for Workshop Courses.​

Kinder Violin

Ages 5 to 6.  More info soon.
Faculty: Liz Moore Cooper

Beginning or Continuing Violin and Viola

No prior music experience is necessary for beginning violin and viola; 0-3 years’ experience for continuing violin and viola students. Classes teach students to play violin or viola in a group setting. More experienced players develop new skills and hone the fundamentals. Ages 7 and up.
Faculty: Alex Volonts & Daphne Gooch

Beginning or Continuing Cello

No prior music experience is necessary for beginning cello; 0-3 years’ experience for continuing students cello. Classes teach students to play the cello in a group setting. More experienced players develop new skills and hone the fundamentals. Ages 7 and up.
Faculty: Kathleen Balfe

Double Bass Intensive

No prior music experience is necessary for beginning bass; 0-3 years’ experience for continuing students bass. Classes teach students to play the bass in a group setting. More experienced players develop new skills and hone the fundamentals. Ages 7 and up.
Faculty: Karen Zimmerman

Beginning or Continuing Guitar & Classical Guitar

No prior music experience is necessary for beginning guitar; 0-3 years’ experience for continuing guitar. Classes teach guitar technique, standard music notation and music theory in a group setting. Includes both ensemble and solo playing. Ages 7 and up.
Faculty: Chris Newton & Julio Reyes

Beginning or Continuing Woodwinds 

Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students who have played woodwinds for 0-3 years. Open to flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. Classes introduce students to playing woodwinds in a group setting. More experienced players develop new skills and hone the fundamentals.
Faculty: Sara Williams

Beginning or Continuing Brass 

Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students who have played brass instruments for 0-3 years. Open to horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Classes introduce students playing brass in a group setting. More experienced players develop new skills and hone the fundamentals.
Faculty: Rachel Aragaki

All workshop courses include supplemental classes in Rhythm, Movement, and Choir

Faculty: Darina Drapkin & Liz Fanora Jones (Rhythm, Movement & Choir)

If you have questions about Summer Music Academy, please contact program manager, Ryan Contreras: rcontreras@srsymphony.org

Performance Academy – Course Details

For experienced instrumentalists, ages 9 – 23.

Students focus on performance in an ensemble setting and deepen their musical understanding through specialty classes such as composition, conducting, improvisation, music theory, and more. The courses culminate in a performance on Saturday, July 29. Students are appropriately placed in ensembles by audition.

One-week option is available ONLY for Chamber Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble.
Customize a package by selecting one of these ensembles for each week.

One-week option NOT available for Prelude or Intermezzo.

Prelude String Orchestra

Audition required. Open to violin, viola, cello, and double bass. No prior ensemble experience required. Students must have played their instrument for at least one year. Students will master the basics of playing in an ensemble.  
Faculty: Karen Zimmerman

Intermezzo String Orchestra

Audition required. Open to violin, viola, cello, and double bass. For intermediate string students with at least two years’ ensemble experience. Students will learn to follow a conductor as they enhance their ensemble skills, improve their technique and develop their musicianship.
Faculty: Jeanette Isenberg

Chamber Ensemble  – One week course option available

Audition required. Open to violin, viola, cello, and double bass. For advanced string students with at least four years ensemble experience. Classes will focus on technique and ensemble playing as students practice standard repertoire for chamber ensembles. Students also choose one specialty class (TBD) to complement their ensemble learning. May enroll for one, two or three weeks.
Faculty: Joel Cohen

Jazz Ensemble  – One week course option available

Audition required. Open to all instruments. For intermediate to advanced students, this class is an exploration of different jazz styles, with a focus on improvisation technique and ensemble playing. There is a special need for musicians who play drum set, bass (electric or upright) and piano. Drum set and keyboard are provided by Santa Rosa Symphony.  Students also choose one specialty class (TBD) to complement their ensemble learning.  May enroll for one, two or three weeks.
Faculty: Robert Bowman

Music Technology/Composition – One week course option available

No Audition required. Open to all instruments. This course explores everything related to Music Technology while working in the state of the art Media Tech Lab. Students enrolled will be able to use a desktop workstation everyday learning about programs including Rock Band and more.   Students also choose one specialty class (TBD) to complement their ensemble learning.
Faculty: Costantinos Dafnis

Performance Academy courses include supplemental classes such as Music Exploration Lab, Conducting, Improvisation, and more!

Faculty: Jeanette Isenberg (Music Exploration Lab), Costantinos Dafnis (Composition), & Robert Bowman (Improvisation)

If you have questions about Summer Music Academy, please contact program manager, Ryan Contreras: rcontreras@srsymphony.org

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Coming Soon.

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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition

Kinder Violin Workshops – 3 weeks ONLY$900
Instrument Workshops – 3 weeks ONLY$850
Performance Academy Courses – 3 weeks$925
Performance Academy: Music Technology – 3 weeks$950
Performance Academy: select 1-week courses$475

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

After completing your registration form, please submit your deposit:

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Financial Aid

Priority deadline for financial aid is June 1, 2024. Applications received prior to the deadline are given preference over those received following the deadline.

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.

dates & Safety

Important Dates

February 1, 2024Registration opens
June 1, 2024Financial Aid Application priority deadline
June 26, 2024Registration closes
July 8, 2024First day of Summer Music Academy!
July 25 & 26, 2024Open House for all workshops and specialty classes
July 27, 2024Concert featuring Performance Academy students

Health & Safety

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 2024. Please check back as we release our current guidelines and updated Health & Safety Plan.

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

Location

Sonoma Academy
2500 Farmers Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

SMA returns for a third year to the beautiful Sonoma Academy campus! Surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeast Santa Rosa, this school has become the home base for many Santa Rosa Symphony Youth programs.

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