Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

How does the billing process work?

  • The non-refundable application fee of $50 is due with the application.
  • The deposit ($350 for Intermediate, $600 for High School), is due upon acceptance.  You will submit this deposit using the online payment module in your online account.
  • You can always make your own payments online by credit card. Please log into your account to make these payments at your convenience.
  • The tuition is due in full by June 1.  The full tuition will be due upon acceptance for any applications received after May 15.
  • All required forms must be submitted by June 5. There is a $100 Late Fee charged for required forms submitted after June 10.

In what format would you like the letter of recommendation from a music teacher?

When you submit an SMA application, we ask for the email address of the student’s music teacher.  Once we receive your application, we will contact the music teacher directly, by email, and request that they complete our online recommendation form.

Rooming and Packing Questions

Where can I find a suggested packing list for SMA?

The SMA Parent-Camper Handbook includes a suggested list of items to pack.  The handbook will be available after finishing registration.

Please see the handbook for the list of what to bring, what not to bring, and many other important points of information.

What is the policy regarding electronics and cell phones?

We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE students from bringing Laptops, iPads, tablet computers, etc. to the SMA. The SMA assumes no responsibility for these devices if brought to the program. To ensure the students at the SMA reap the full benefits of our program, we want to limit the use of these devices. Therefore, a student found with any of these devices outside of the dorm area will have it confiscated until the conclusion of the SMA. Internet access is not available in the dorms.

Cell Phones are allowed at camp in the dorms so that students may call home in the evenings. However:

  • High School division students WILL NOT be allowed to use them during performances, rehearsals, or electives without explicit permission from the SMA faculty.
  • Intermediate division students WILL NOT be allowed to use them outside of their dorms.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes! Roommate requests are handled directly through our camp website.  Students will be housed at two students per room.  Triples are not allowed.  One roommate may be requested by mutual consent.

Are the dorms air conditioned?

Unfortunately, the dorms do not have air conditioning.  We suggest that you bring a fan with you to Ithaca!

Is laundry available on campus?

Yes, washers and dryers are available in the dorms, free of charge.  If students plan to do laundry while at SMA, they should bring their own detergent and any other supplies.

Other Questions

Can we arrive late or leave early if we have a scheduling conflict?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate any late arrivals or early departures.  All students must be available for 100% attendance at the SMA program.

What is the concert attire for the performances?

All students will be provided with an SMA shirt for the final performance. Students should bring black bottoms (dress pants or skirt), to wear with their SMA shirts.

Do you offer a commuter option for local students?

Unfortunately, since we are a residential program, we do not offer a commuter option. This is primarily due to the busy daily schedule, as well as the evening activities that are a major part of the SMA experience.

Can I spend Store Credit that I have placed on my student's account in the School Store?

No. The college bookstore uses a separate payment system that does not interact with our own.

Have you received my forms?

Forms are uploaded directly to your online account, or sent in via Fax/Mail (information available on your account).  You can log into your account by clicking on “Manage Account” from our website, and you can monitor your required forms by checking the Form Status bar on your students "Accepted" registration.  Please check there before calling or writing to confirm receipt.  Please wait a few days before double-checking about your forms, as forms are manually reviewed and confirmed.  All forms are due by June 5! There is a $100 Late Fee charged for required forms submitted after June 10.

Note: Due to new Ithaca College policy, forms missing after June 15 will result in the revocation of admission to the Summer Music Academy. This revocation will forfeit the camper's enrollment deposit.

Can I send my student mail during the program?

Yes! Students may receive mail by sending letters/packages to the address below. Please do not send letters/packages after the Wednesday prior to the last day of the SMA.

Ithaca College
Summer Music Academy
[Student’s Name]
3322 Whalen Center for Music
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Other Questions?

Once your family is enrolled in our program, please be sure to read the SMA Parent-Camper Handbook for the answers to most of your questions!