The Idyllwild Arts Instrumental Artist’s Intensive offers a one of a kind opportunity for young artists to engage in a two-week deep dive into everything that a budding musician needs to shape a career in music and get an intimate look at what it’s like to be a part of the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s musical community. This comprehensive pre-professional ensemble experience allows students to immerse themselves in all facets of music making: Large Ensemble/Symphony, Small Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music groups, and Solo Performance. Students will also participate in private lessons, masterclasses, and additional coaching opportunities throughout the program, as well as attend special performances by our seasoned faculty and special guests. An audition is required.
July 14 – July 27, 2024
Two week session
Saturday, July 27, 2024
Time and location TBD
110 across all programs
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, String Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Music Intensive.
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
Immerse yourself in an intensive two-week summer camp experience led by Idyllwild Arts Academy instructors and other leading professional chamber and orchestral musicians from around the world. The Instrumental Artist’s Intensive is made up of two tracks; the IA Summer Winds and the IA Summer Strings, both with weekly performances. Students will be placed by the program directors based on their audition as well as instrumental needs.
Week one will include two daily rehearsals of Symphonic Band or String Chamber Orchestra with students also breaking into small chamber groups, working on individual/solo work, and receiving private instruction, creating an inclusive immersive experience.
Week two consists of two daily rehearsals of the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble and culminates in a final performance of each. Entwined in the two weeks will be masterclasses with our coaches and a featured guest chamber group, and performances from guest artists, faculty and fellow students.
IA Summer Winds
The IA Summer Winds program is made up of Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Music, Private Lessons, and Individual Performances. The Symphonic Band is a large ensemble made up of specific wind, brass, percussion, and occasionally some string instruments depending on repertoire. Wind Ensemble is a more intimate iteration of the Symphonic Band that convenes and continues in week two, alongside the Symphony Orchestra, which will also involve members of the Summer Winds program as assigned. Symphony Orchestra brings stringed instruments into the mix, and provides a unique opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed to excel both as a chamber musician and in an orchestral setting. Students will participate in a multitude of technique-building activities in all of their large ensembles which include 2 daily full rehearsals, sectionals, and additional masterclasses in additional subjects like orchestral repertoire, conducting, and other topics. Students in both the orchestra and wind ensemble will have the unique opportunity to play alongside seasoned professional musicians and faculty who will also serve as coaches throughout the week. Both the Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra will have spectacular culmination concerts at the end of the second week to showcase everything the students have accomplished.
All of the ensembles in the IA Summer Winds program focus on building the essential technical and musical skills specific to wind, brass, and percussion that create a solid foundation for a lifetime of performance, while continuing to build on the skills that the students are working on during the school year.
This program is truly an immersive intensive with longer days focused on musical development. This gives students the opportunity to work intently with our distinguished faculty and implement the skills acquired in real time. The schedule is rigorous and fun, and is also designed to foster an experimental, collaborative environment for the students, with our curated mix of chamber coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses, performances and individual instruction.
IA Summer Strings
The IA Summer Strings program is made up of Symphony Orchestra, the IA String Chamber Orchestra, a Chamber Music Intensive (including strings+piano), Individual Performances, and Private Lessons.
The Chamber Music Intensive happens in the first week and is open to Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, and Harp. The curriculum will include performance techniques, highlighting on-stage interaction, body language and audience connection, and ensemble sight-reading. Students will work deeply with their coaches to develop the necessary skills to collaborate in a smaller ensemble, and understand the intricacies of rehearsing and performing together in this format. The Chamber Orchestra, also in week one, builds on the chamber music program and is a strings-only ensemble composed of violin, viola, cello, and bass. This group works alongside the Chamber Music Intensive to deepen the collaborative skills that every string player needs to excel in all levels of performance. The first week culminates in a performance which may include the opportunity to perform as a full string ensemble without conductor to highlight and bring together everything that the students have learned in both chamber music and chamber orchestra over the first week.
The Symphony Orchestra, which will also involve members of the IA Summer Winds track, provides students with the exciting opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed to excel both as a chamber musician and in a large orchestral setting. Students will participate in a multitude of technique-building activities which include 2 daily full rehearsals during the second week, sectionals, and additional masterclasses in additional subjects like orchestral repertoire, conducting, and other topics. Students in the orchestra will have the unique opportunity to play alongside seasoned professional orchestra musicians and faculty who will also serve as coaches throughout the week. The Symphony Orchestra will have a spectacular culmination concert at the end of the week to showcase everything the students have accomplished.
All of the ensembles in the IA Summer Strings program focus on building the essential technical and musical skills specific to violin, viola, cello, and bass, that create a solid foundation for a lifetime of performance, and continue to build on the skills that the students are working on during the school year. The schedule is rigorous and fun, and is also designed to foster an experimental, collaborative environment for the students, with our curated mix of chamber coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses, performances and individual instruction.
This program is truly an immersive intensive with longer days focused on musical development. This gives students the opportunity to work intently with our distinguished faculty and implement the skills acquired in real time.
Winds and Brass:
Harp and Piano:
The central orchestral piece for the Symphony Orchestra will be Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
All excerpts are from 1st parts, unless otherwise noted
Complete an online Camper application through CampInTouch.
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.
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!
Acceptance after Feb.1 will be made on a rolling basis, so it’s a good idea to get auditions in early.
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.
Priority Audition Deadline: February 1, 2024
First round evaluation will take place shortly after this date. You will be notified of acceptance as soon as evaluations are complete. Auditions will be reviewed on a rolling basis after February 1. Please allow up to two weeks for a response to allow time for faculty evaluation.
Secondary Audition Deadline: April 15, 2024
The Honor Music Discount is reduced from $800 to $400 for a one-week program after April 15.
Honors Music Discounts:
Music students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for a discount of $1,200 for a two-week program and $600 for a one-week music program. After April 15, the Honor Discount is reduced to $800 for a two-week program and $400 for a one-week program so get your auditions in early! 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:
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:
Log on to your CampInTouch account (parent’s account). Click on the yellow pencil icon to go to the Forms & Documents page. 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. (Examples of verification include a concert program, acceptance letter, or participation certificate.)
*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 email@example.com or by phone at (951) 468-7265.
Idyllwild Arts cannot provide individual instruments or personal equipment with the exception of percussion and pianos/keyboards.
Please be sure to bring:
Concert dress code is a white top and black bottom with black shoes/socks. Students can mix and match from this list as desired:
2023 orchestra repertoire included:
Florence Price: Symphony No. 3
Antonín Dvořák: Festival March and selections from Slavonic Dances
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: incidental music from Othello
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
George Gershwin: selections arranged for orchestra
George Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches
Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Coordinator: Daniel Bassin
Wind Symphony and Ensemble Coordinator: TBD
Additional Faculty TBD
Daniel Bassin is an active and experienced conductor, composer/improviser, trumpeter and educator. Hailing from Long Island, NY, and with musical roots in New York City, Boston, MA, and Buffalo, NY, Dr. Bassin is excited to begin his tenure as Director of Orchestras at Idyllwild Arts, beginning the 2022-2023 school year. Having previously served in orchestral conducting faculty positions at the State University of New York campuses of the University at Buffalo (UB) and Buffalo State College, Dr. Bassin has also had extensive experience working with choruses.
A passionate advocate of both the music of our time and neglected masterworks, Dr. Daniel Bassin has world-premiered more than 100 new compositions in concert and has presented over 50 rare classics in their regional first hearings. His performances have taken him to 38 countries and 42 American states. Featured numerous times in Buffalo’s ArtVoice Classical Music Notes column, reviewer Jan Jezioro writes Daniel “consistently programs some of the most innovative classical music in Western New York.” He received his initial training in Long Island public schools and at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College, followed by the New England Conservatory (B.M. with Honors in Composition), Bard College (M.F.A. in Orchestral Conducting), and in the spring of 2014 he was awarded the Ph.D. in Composition from the University at Buffalo.
Symphonic Band – a large ensemble made up of specific wind, brass, percussion, and occasionally some string instruments depending on repertoire. There are generally multiple students playing the same musical part. Symphonic Band music generally includes contemporary original wind compositions, concert marches, transcriptions of orchestral arrangements, and popular music.
Wind Ensemble – a more intimate iteration of the Symphonic Band with fewer members per section, requiring each student to work more independently alongside our professional teaching artists.
Symphony Orchestra – a large ensemble composed of strings, winds, brass, and percussion. A piano or harp is sometimes included depending on the composition. String parts use multiple players on each part, while the wind parts are generally a single musician on each part. Symphony orchestras are often 60+ members. Some common composers for an orchestra include Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler.
String Chamber Orchestra – a strings-only ensemble composed of violin, viola, cello, and bass.
Chamber Music Groups – originated as a small group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room. Chamber ensembles are open to Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, and Harp playing together in small groups of 4 or 5 students. Students will be placed with peers of a similar experience level.
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