Redlands Symphony | Summer Music Academy

Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy

Our 2020 Academy is Coming July 13-24!

We're getting our 2020 Session ready and it's gonna be our best academy yet. If you have any questions, please contact our office. We'll be opening registration soon.

July 13-24, 2020. 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
Drop-off: 8am
Early drop-off: 7:30am
Late pick-up: 5pm

Not Your Typical Summer Camp

Forget your typical band camp. The Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy takes the excitement of summer camp to the next level with hands-on musical experiences.

Enjoy a two-week summer music day camp where kids age 8-14 can explore their music passions. The Academy is open to students of all abilities. Everyone receives training and instruction in a broad range of musical topics, such as theory/aural skills, music history, and ensembles.

Your kids will also experience special programming, which includes presentations by musicians from the Redlands Symphony and field trips to local sites for musically enriching events.

The Academy concludes with a grand finale concert on July 24, 2020, at 3 pm, where you, your family, and friends can see what your young artists have accomplished over the two-week period.

Who are the teachers?

Our staff and faculty are 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 presented by the Redlands Symphony, which has been bringing classical music to our community since 1950.

Students also have the opportunity to observe a Master Musician Presentation by a member of the Redlands Symphony, receiving insight into the life of a professional musician and guidance on ways to improve their own musicianship. Past Master Musicians have included:

What classes are available?

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

Ensemble Sessions Focused on:

  • Band
  • String Orchestra
  • Vocal Chamber Music

Instrument Exploration could include:

  • Conducting
  • Ukulele — limited to students taking classes
  • Recorder — limited to students taking classes
  • Strings
  • Instrumental Chamber
  • Theater

What will a day be like?

Every day at the Academy will be an adventure!

Each day will have a structured schedule, like this:

7:30amEarly Drop Off Time
8amStudent Drop Off
8:30amMorning Activity Session with Camp Counselors
9amMusic History
(Special presentations may take place, like a highlight of Jazz history)
10amYouth Choir
11amMusic Theory
12pmLunch
(Special presentations from professional musicians and local field trips may take place)
1pmEnsemble Rehearsal
2pmElective Period
(Options could include Instrument Exploration, Conducting, Ukuele, Recorder, Piano, Instrumental Chamber)
3pmTheater
4pmStudent Pick Up
5pmLate Pick Up Time
This Year, Registration Includes:
  • A cool Summer Music Academy t-shirt
  • A ukulele and/or recorder of their own (for those who choose these classes), so they can keep making music
  • A voucher for four tickets to take their family to a Redlands Symphony concert of their choice in the 2019–20 season

Refund Policy

Tuition is non-refundable after the Academy begins July 13, 2020. Any refund must be requested in writing and received by the Redlands Symphony no later than 7 business days before July 13, 2020. In case of emergencies, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Redlands Symphony.


Coming 02/15/20

Mozart: The Voice of Genius

Renowned pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins us for two of Mozart’s greatest concertos, and the evening comes to a climax with the passionate “Great” G minor Symphony.



Our 2019 Academy Sponsors Included:

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

The Academy is also made possible by the generous donors who support the Redlands Symphony.

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