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Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy

The Redlands Symphony 2019 Summer Music Academy is Coming Next Summer

The Academy returns July 8-19, 2019, and it'll be even better than ever! Call our office at 909.587.5565 to join our waiting list and stay up-to-date on important information.

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At the Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy...

...students age 8-14 receive training for musicians of all skill levels, from beginner to virtuoso.

Students at the Summer Music Academy are grouped by their level of musical experience and given instruction tailored specifically to them. The Academy concludes with a grand finale concert, where family and friends can see what their young artists have accomplished over the two-week period.

Who are the teachers?

Our staff and faculty were active musicians and educators throughout the region, including members of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. Every instructor is highly-trained as a musician and educator, and each is First Aid and CPR certified to ensure a safe and fun learning environment for everyone.

The Summer Music Academy is managed by the Redlands Symphony, which has been bringing classical music to our community since 1950.

Summer 2018's faculty included several new faculty members, including:

  • Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, Department Chair of Music at La Sierra University
  • Dr. Dean Anderson, Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University
  • Czarina Kaye Francisco Jimenez, Choir Director at Loma Linda Academy

Students also have the opportunity to meet with professional musicians in masterclass settings, receiving insight into the life of a professional musician and guidance on ways to improve their own musicianship. Masterclass instructors for the 2017 Academy included:

What classes are available?

All students will study choir, music theory, and music history

In addition, the following classes will be available by age/ability group:

3rd-6th Graders:

beginning strings
rhythm and percussion

7th-9th Graders (and advanced younger students):

intro to music theatre
rhythm/ear training
chamber music
sight reading
individual instrument coaching
piano and vocal coaching
performance forum

What will a day be like?

Every day at the Academy will be different!

Some days, we’ll have visits from special guest performers. On others, we’ll try different instruments from the orchestra... or even observed a full Redlands Symphony rehearsal! But a typical day will look something like this:

8-8:30amStudent drop-off
8:30-9amGeneral Welcome Session
9-9:50amMusic Theory
10-10:50amCamp Choir
12-12:50pmBeginning Strings
2:2:50pmRhythm & Percussion
3-3:50pmCamp Project
4-4:30pmStudent pick-up

Instruction will be tailored to each student's knowledge and skills. Furthermore, this year’s Academy will be more focused on performance-based instruction for those students who want to hone in on a specific skill set.

Typically this means, our younger elementary students will learn to read music, become familiar with instruments including ukulele and recorder, and gain a basic understanding of music history. More advanced students will receive individual coaching on their instrument, play in chamber ensembles, and expand their knowledge of music from around the world.

All students received:
  • A cool Summer Music Academy t-shirt
  • A ukulele of their own, so they can keep making music
  • Four tickets to take their family to a Redlands Symphony concert of their choice in the 2018-19 season

Coming 12/15/18

A Christmas Carol: The Concert

Celebrate the Holidays with our full orchestra, the Inland Master Chorale, and a cast of singing actors.

Special Thanks to our Academy Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors, whose generous donations allow us to underwrite scholarships for dozens of students with financial need:

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