Each summer middle and high school students from across the nation come to Westminster for an extraordinary learning experience. Working with Westminster’s renowned artist faculty, they strengthen their passion for music, develop their technique and expand their creativity in an atmosphere of artistic and intellectual discovery. Our programs offer residential and non-residential options.
Composition Week provides aspiring young composers with concentrated study in the fundamentals of composition. Through individualized attention, students of all levels of proficiency, from beginner to advanced, work with Westminster faculty members.
Now in its 32nd year, Piano Camp is a unique and exciting musical experience for high school students. Led by Professor Ingrid Clarfield, pianists are inspired by an outstanding faculty as they explore the joy of learning and performing solo and ensemble repertoire. In group classes, they address such topics as: performance anxiety, technique, music history, careers in music, and preparing for college auditions. The week culminates with a recital in Bristol Chapel on Westminster's campus.
This program offers the opportunity for the dedicated young classical singer to explore the many facets of developing the singer’s art. The young singers study voice in daily private lessons (five lessons in Week One and four in Week Two) taught by Westminster artist faculty members.
Middle School Camps (residential and commuter options available for Middle School Camps)
Modeled after the highly acclaimed High School Vocal Institute, the middle school program introduces students to the fundamentals of music through classes in basic theory and music reading, plus electives in conducting, art and drama.
Throughout the week, students attend classes and rehearsals. On Wednesday, all travel to New York to see a musical on Broadway. At the end of the week, all students will perform in a production led by music director Derek Cressman and stage director Jason Vodicka.
This residential program offers young musicians the opportunity to develop their playing skills, learn more about the fundamentals of music theory, composition and history, and share in the joy of making music together.