Summer Music Workshops Now Called Summer Music Institute

In Celebration of 20 Years, Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Camp Gets a New Look

SUN VALLEY, ID – The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music is celebrating 20 years of providing educational opportunities in music to elementary through high school students in the Wood River Valley.  In conjunction with this milestone, the summer component of the School of Music, previously called Summer Music Workshops, is being rebranded as the Summer Music Institute.

The Summer Music Institute (SMI) provides wide-ranging musical training for students from elementary school through college, regionally and nationwide.  Nestled in the Wood River Valley, surrounded by the Smoky and Pioneer-Mountain ranges, Sun Valley offers a majestic, natural backdrop for creating music with a talented community of performers from across the country.

Symphony Education Director Kim Gasenica remarks on the dramatic expansion the program has undergone over the years: “Inspiring young musicians since 1998, the Summer Music Institute has grown from 35 students and a handful of faculty to nearly 350 students and over 50 instructors.  Students thrive in the nurturing environment, exploring classical music with exceptional Sun Valley Summer Symphony (SVSS) and regional music teachers.  Our new brand reflects the diversity and quality of these programs that bring classical music to students of all ages from all over the country.”

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is currently inviting applications for the SMI.  In 2017, the SMI will run from July 24 to August 5.

The one- and two-week programs are designed to enable young musicians to experience working with professional teachers and coaches from the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.  The Symphony draws its membership from world-renowned professional orchestras across the continent, including the LA Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.

Students can choose one of two programs at the Summer Music Institute.  The Experience is a one-week program (July 31-Aug. 4, 2017) designed for music students in grade 2 through high school.  Beginning through advanced students can study piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion with SVSS musicians.  Students will participate in orchestra or choir, chamber groups, classes, private lessons, and master classes during the week.

The Encounter is a more intensive two-week program at the Summer Music Institute (July 24-Aug. 5, 2017).  Open to advanced juniors and seniors in high school as well as undergraduate students, The Encounter provides immersive, professional-level training to help students develop current skills and open new vistas of musical understanding.  The program is open to pianists, vocalists and string players, who will have opportunities to play in large and small ensembles, as well as to participate in private lessons, classes and master classes.  Students will also have the opportunity for close interactions with the SVSS and the guest artists appearing with the symphony.  The members of Time for Three — Nick Kendall, Charles Yang and Ranaan Meyer — will be our artists-in-residence for this program.  Students will also have the opportunity to work with pianist Conrad Tao.

Concerts presented by Maestro Alasdair Neale and the SVSS will take place consecutively with both The Experience and The Encounter.  Students in 2017 will have the opportunity to hear international, classical-music all-stars Lang Lang and Time for Three, among others.  Our Encounter program also overlaps with the SVSS “In Focus” Series, a set of three chamber concerts that will feature great works of the Russian-classical literature.

For information, registration and application forms, please visit  The registration deadline for The Experience is May 1, and the application deadline for The Encounter, which includes an audition recording, is April 1.

March 8, 2017