Westminster Summer Programs & Workshops

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UPDATE: Based on ongoing state and federal recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus, this summer Rider University is providing remote and alternative instruction and is committed to providing the same quality programming in an exciting new format. For programs continuing virtually, all class instruction with Rider faculty, masterclass sessions, and materials will be provided. 

However, due to the on-campus resources, equipment, and/or minimum software requirements, we are unable to offer select courses remotely. View our list of cancelled programs. We very much hope to see you next year.

For questions regarding our 2020 PreCollege Summer programs, please visit Frequently Asked Questions or email us at [email protected].

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.

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Rider University Scholarship Opportunity

Many of these young artists continue their education at Rider University. As a participant in our summer programs, students will automatically qualify for a RENEWABLE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP towards admission to Rider University's School of Fine and Performing Arts. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-962-4647 or [email protected].

High School Programs


Name Date Description
Vocal Institute July 19 - August 1, 2020 Under the direction of choral conductor and clinician, Jason Vodicka, the acclaimed two-week Vocal Institute annually draws students from across the country and around the world.
Solo Vocal Artist July 5 - July 18, 2020 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 taught by Westminster artist faculty members.
Musical Theatre Institute July 19 - August 2, 2020 This summer, study with Director Trent Blanton. Work in a Master Class with a Broadway artist.
NEW! Technical Theatre Institute Cancelled A behind-the-scenes exploration of all areas of technical theatre to include scene design, lighting, sound, and costuming.
Real To Reel: Film and Acting Academy Cancelled A comprehensive study in acting, movement, and voice for stage & film
Solo Pianist Week Cancelled This workshop offers the serious young pianist an enhancing and stimulating musical experience, as well as exposure to the artistic and practical aspects of solo performance.
Composition Week June 21 - June 26, 2020 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.
Organ Institute Cancelled This program offers young organists a unique opportunity combining rigorous organ study with an engaging choral experience.
Piano Camp Cancelled Now in its 35th 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.
Pre-College Music Theory Online July 13 - August 7, 2020 Designed for future music majors, this program will teach fundamental aural and written music theory content and skills.

Middle School Programs

Residential and commuter options available for Middle School Camps


Name Date Description
Vocal Programs
Vocal Institute Cancelled 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.
Piano Programs
Piano Camp Cancelled Modeled after the highly acclaimed High School Piano Camp. Led by Westminster professor Victoria Chow, the middle school program includes daily group lessons, master classes, and ensemble coachings. The week culminates in a Thursday night composition recital and a Friday afternoon final recital.
Musical Theatre Programs
Music Theatre Workshop Cancelled Throughout the week, students attend classes and rehearsals. On Wednesday, all students 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 Nicholas McBride and stage director Susan Barry.

For Youth Academic Programs, visit Summer Sessions
For Youth Athletic Camps, visit Auxiliary Services


Phone: 609-924-7416
E-mail: [email protected]