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Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy

Update: Ransom Wilson Joins Faculty

Ransom Wilson, the Grammy-nominated Music Director & Conductor of the Redlands Symphony, has joined the faculty of the Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy. Maestro Wilson will be offering a special session for parents of children who are studying or interested in studying music. This workshop session is intended to answer their questions about their child's future and help them make informed decisions about education and career choices.

He will also be leading a conducting workshop and sharing stories from his career as a musician with the students.

The Redlands Symphony 2017 Summer Music Academy is Coming this July

Save the dates! The Academy returns July 17-28, and it'll be even better than the first! Call our office at 909.587.5565 to join our waiting list and stay up-to-date on important information.

This year the Academy will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Redlands. The address is 100 Cajon Street in downtown Redlands at the corner of Cajon and Vine Streets.

We’re putting the final details in place, but you can register online.

Wondering what the Academy will be like this summer? Take a look at last year's fun...

In July 2016...

...students age 8-14 joined an exciting new program in our community: the Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy. The Academy provides musical training to students 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. On the last day, family and friends get to see what they’ve learned at a special grand finale concert.

Who were the teachers?

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

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

Masterclass instructors for the 2016 Academy included:

  • Sara Andon, Redlands Symphony Principal Flute
  • Kira Blumberg, Redlands Symphony Principal Viola
  • Kathryn Nevin, Redlands Symphony Principal Clarinet
  • David Scott, Redlands Symphony Principal Trumpet

What was a day like?

Every day at the Academy was different!

Some days, we were visited by special guest performers. On others, we tried out different instruments from the orchestra... or even observed a full Redlands Symphony rehearsal! But a typical day looked something like this:

7:30-8amStudent drop-off
8amWelcome and Choir Rehearsal
9:45amBreak
10amMusic theory
10:45amArts & Crafts
11:30amLunch
12:30pmInstrumental Instruction
1:15pmBreak
1:30pmMusic History
2:15pmBreak
2:30pmArts & Crafts
3pmEnsemble Rehearsal
4-4:30pmStudent pick-up

Instruction was tailored to each student's knowledge and skills. Elementary students learned to read music, became familiar with instruments including guitar and recorder, and gained a basic understanding of music history. More advanced students received individual coaching on their instrument, played in chamber ensembles, and expanded their knowledge of music from around the world.

All students received:
  • A cool Summer Music Academy t-shirt
  • A recorder 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 2016-17 season

Coming 10/14/17

Paris, New York, & Jazz!

Featuring: Ibert, Ravel, Still, and Gershwin



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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