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More Than a Summer Music Camp

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 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.

ICSMA 2021 Planning Update

We are hard at work modifying SMA to provide a meaningful, musical experience at Ithaca College while protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.

Here are some of the changes that will be implemented for our 2021 season:

  • Smaller ensemble and performance cohorts;
  • Adherence to social distancing and mask-wearing policies;
  • Staggered scheduling designed to de-densify spaces being utilized;
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing administered in conjunction with the Cayuga Medical Center;
  • Dedicated, on-call nursing staff with COVID-19 training; and
  • A camp-wide video project that will include in-person and virtual participants.

Important Note: Our in-person programming will only be available to campers who can be picked by a family member/guardian within 1-day’s drive (not using public transit). In the event that a COVID-19 case is identified, the family must be able to provide transportation home.

All others are invited to join us for expanded virtual SMA opportunities that run concurrently.

In the event that we are unable to offer an in-person experience due to local, state, or federal directives, the non-refundable application fee can be transferred from the In-Person program to the Virtual program.

More information is available on Ithaca College's Coronavirus Updates page.

Please select your division:

High School Division

  • July 11 – 24, 2021
  • In-Person Application Opens on January 5, 2021
  • Available to students entering grades 10-12 within a day's drive of campus
  • Orchestra, vocal, wind ensemble (band), and jazz programs
  • Must be willing to take COVID test on-campus
  • Virtual SMA application available at a later date

Intermediate Division

  • July 25 – 31, 2021
  • In-Person Application Opens on January 5, 2021
  • Available to students entering grades 7-9 within a day's drive of campus
  • Band, orchestra, and voice programs
  • Must be willing to take COVID test on-campus
  • Virtual SMA application available at a later date

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

Application Open Update:

Applications for ICSMA 2021 will open on January 5, 2021

To ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our participants, we are moving the application open date forward to give families more information about what to expect this summer. We will continue to offer the same great experiences that families have come to expect, but with increased focus on health for all participants involved.

Now Presenting... The Summer Music Academy 2019 Music Video Project! "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman, presented by the High School Division of the Summer Music Academy.

SMA Video Projects

"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!

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