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Junior Instrumental Intensive

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind summer music camp experience in this innovative ensemble for strings, created for late elementary and middle school students who want to build on the skills they’ve learned throughout the school year, and led by Idyllwild Arts Academy instructors and seasoned professional musicians. Students will explore the mechanics of orchestral performance and working with a conductor, while continuing to enrich individual musicality and technique. The week will include string orchestra rehearsals and a performance, small group coaching and chamber music, individual instrument lessons, and masterclasses.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. The priority audition deadline is February 1, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your chance to experience this transformative and inspirational summer music experience. The secondary audition deadline is April 15 to fill any remaining open seats.

We ask that all students submit an audition video, regardless of participation in past programs. The video helps our faculty and staff plan and prepare for group assignments, class schedules, private lesson schedules and much more for the music programs.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. After  successfully completing the Camp InTouch application for the 2023 Jr. Instrumental Intensive, students will then submit a recorded video. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee due at the time of audition.

Priority Audition Deadline: 

February 1, 2023 

First round evaluation will take place shortly after this date. You will be notified of acceptance as soon as evaluations are complete.

Secondary Audition Deadline: 

April 15, 2023
The Honor Music Discount is reduced from $600 to $400 for a one-week program after April 15.

Please allow up to two weeks for a response to allow time for faculty evaluation.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. The priority audition deadline is February 1, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible to secure your chance to participate in this transformative and inspirational summer music experience. The secondary audition deadline is April 15 to fill any remaining open seats.

Audition material can be submitted in video or audio recording form, with or without accompaniment. Performance tempos and repertoire selections should highlight the student’s ability to play accurately and overall musicianship.


  • Two 2 octave scales (3 octave optional)
  • One 2 octave arpeggio (your choice of key, 3 octave optional)
  • Two Short Contrasting Pieces of your choice

Audition Instructions: 

  1. Complete an online Camper application. Make sure to submit the application.  
  2. Once you have completed the Camper Application, your application will be reviewed within 5 days by a member of the Enrollment team. At this time, you will be charged the $50 application fee and receive an email with a link to the Submittable audition application for you to submit your audition. 
  3. Complete the Submittable application and provide an email address for your teacher recommendation form within Submittable. 

We use the platform Submittable to receive all auditions for the Summer Program (a universal  platform utilized for exhibitions, contests and even university and job applications).  It is very easy to use. You will be prompted to set up a free Submittable account with your email.  This account can be used for any future open calls you apply to at Idyllwild Arts and beyond!

Honors Music Discounts

Music students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for a discount of up to $1,200 for a two-week program and up to $600 for a one-week music program. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:

  • Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website. 
  • In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band. 
    • Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application. 
  • You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page  – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team. 
  • When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
    • Instrument availability
    • Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
    • Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application. 
  • Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
    • Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
    • Send you email instructions for completing the audition
  • After the audition is reviewed and your child is accepted, we will manually enroll your child and apply the Honor Discount.

To verify your child’s participation in an Honor Ensemble:

  1. Log on to your CampInTouch account (parent’s account*).
  2. Click on the yellow pencil icon to go to the Forms & Documents page. 
  3. You will then need to complete the following forms:
  • Honor Music Group Verification Form**:
    Upload a document in PDF format verifying your membership in an All-State or Honor ensemble using the Upload Honor Music Group Verification by clicking in the arrow on the right-hand side of the form.

*Forms & Documents are only available on the parent’s CampInTouch account, not the camper’s account.

** Detailed instructions for uploading PDF documents are available on your CampInTouch account.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to help! Contact the Summer Registration Office by email at or by phone at (951) 468-7265.

Jr. Instrumental Intensive Required Attire

Concert clothing is CONCERT BLACK. Students can mix and match from this list as desired:

  • Black button-down, blouse, or formal shirt (no sleeveless tops)
  • Black pants, skirt, or dress (below the knees)
  • Black suit/tuxedo and white shirt with black bow tie
  • Black dress shoes and socks

Rehearsal and Practice Supplies (Anything that you might need to practice and rehearse with others) – Pencils, Erasers, Metronome, Rosin, Extra Strings, etc. 

Instrument Target #
Violin 10
Viola 5
Cello 5
Bass 4
The instrument breakdown listed above is a projection of the intended enrollment for the program – actual final enrollment may vary slightly from this at the conductor’s discretion.

9 – 13

July 9 – July 15, 2023
One week Session

Student performance
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Time and location TBD

Tuition, Room and Board
Residential option available for ages 10 & up

Day Student Tuition

Lab Fee

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
24 Students
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students


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