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More Than a Summer Music Camp

SMA 2023 Applications

Applications for SMA 2023 Will Open in December 2022

Summer Music Academy

Welcome to the Summer Music Academy. Our mission is to provide a creative and supportive environment for young adults to grow as musicians and people. Our high school program is unique in that it offers a residential pre-college experience with a rich offering of music courses, as well as non-music courses, taught by Ithaca College faculty and top music educators from across the country. Our intermediate program provides young musicians with the opportunity to work with renowned faculty in a fun and supportive environment.

Our electives have been carefully designed to allow students interested in pursuing careers in music the experiences needed to hone and expand upon their interests, as well as investigate new areas of interest. The program is also designed to give students whom do not wish to pursue a career in music the option to have a quality summer music experience.

Since 1892, the Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, & Dance has worked hard to earn its reputation as one of the finest undergraduate music schools in the country. Each year, our faculty work with students from across the country to transform them into world-class professionals. We are excited to expand upon this success and offer a rich summer program for students of all ages.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Policies

Participants must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster dose as defined by the CDC (if eligible), and may not participate unless fully immunized and boosted (2 weeks after receiving a booster dose). Participants will be required to present proof of vaccination. Again, please note that you must be fully immunized by the time you arrive. Refunds are not provided to individuals who fail to provide proof of vaccination.

Participants must abide by all campus COVID-19 health and safety protocols in effect at the time of the Summer Music Academy. Please note that these may change over time as we adjust to continue to respond to the pandemic. In addition, depending upon the level of community transmission, it is possible that participants will be required to test, at their own cost, prior to traveling to Ithaca.

Please select your division:

High School Division

  • July 9 – 22, 2023
  • Available to students entering grades 10-12 
  • Orchestra, vocal, wind ensemble (band), and jazz programs
  • Applications will be available in December

Intermediate Division

  • July 23 – 29, 2023
  • Available to students entering grades 7-9 
  • Band, orchestra, and voice programs
  • Applications will be available in December

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Immersive, residential pre-college experience
  • Faculty that consists of renowned guest artists, top music educators, and Ithaca College faculty
  • An array of music electives designed for specific music interests: performance, music education, sound recording technology, composition, and jazz
  • Non-music electives
  • College preparatory workshop
  • State-of-the-art facilities in a beautiful campus setting

Now Presenting... The Summer Music Academy 2022 Music Video Project! "Never Know" written by SMA alum Maddy Ferri, presented by the High School Division of the Summer Music Academy.

SMA Video Projects

"Never Know" (2022)
"The Champion" (2021)
"Hold On (Eyes on the Prize)" (2020)
"This Is Me" (2019)
"Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" (2018)
"So Let's Go" (2017)
"I Dream a World" (2016)
"You Can't Stop The Beat" (2015)
"Brave" (2014)
"Home" (2013)
"Viva La Vida" (2012)

Interested in Classical Piano?

If you are looking for a summer camp for your student who plays classical piano, learn more about our Summer Piano Institute!