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.
July 14 – July 20, 2024
One week session
9 – 13
Residential options only for ages 10 & up
At least 2-3 years of school band or private study is recommended.
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
In this one-week program, students will explore the mechanics of individual and ensemble performance. Students will have the opportunity to work 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. Students may also have the opportunity to work alongside members of our larger Summer Symphony Orchestra for teens.
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. The secondary audition deadline is April 15 to fill any remaining open seats. Submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your chance to experience this transformative and inspirational summer music experience.
Audition material should be submitted in video form, with or without accompaniment. Performance tempos and repertoire selections should highlight the student’s ability to play accurately and overall musicianship.
One 3 octave scale (quarter note = 50-60, 2 beats per bow, 8th notes or 16th notes)
Two 2 octave arpeggio (your choice of key, 3 octave optional)
Two Short Contrasting Pieces of your choice
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.
After successfully completing the CampInTouch application for the 2024 Junior 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, 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 $600 to $400 for a one-week program after April 15.
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!
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:
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:
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. Please be sure to bring:
Your personal instrument
Extra strings, rosin, and other necessary accessories for your instrument
Blank music staff paper
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 dress shoes and black socks
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.
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