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"It was the most fun I've had at a music camp!"
--Chamber Music student, age 14, cello

Application Procedure
Long Distance Applicants
Scholarship Consideration
Tuition Payments


The application process begins February 1st and continues until April 15th each year. Note: The audition selection process may result in openings after application deadlines. Please inquire about openings after these deadlines.


First, print the instructions below to help you!
Then, click   to register for an audition. 

➜ Click  the purple icon above to get to the online registration site.
➜ Current Preparatory students, please click "My Account."
➜ All other applicants, please click "Request Account." Adults must create an account before adding children under 18. After submitting account information, click "Submit & Add Family Member." Under "Personal Information/Role in Family," select "child" and enter a birthdate for the student.
➜ An audition or interview is required for all applicants. Under "Other Services," click "Register for Courses" and in the upper drop down menu called "Department List" (orange letters) select "Summer Music West".  Then select the course "Audition/Interview for SMW." Click "Add to Cart". Be sure to complete the questions about your previous musical experience including youth orchestra/band/chorus, other summer camps, and chamber music (list repertoire performed and studied) and the dates of your participation.
➜ Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee online with a credit card. An audition time will be arranged when your online application is complete.
➜ Print out and complete the music teacher questionnaire and musicianship questionnaire if applicable.  You may also submit a musical resume.  Return all additional application materials (required questionnaires or scholarship materials) to Summer Music West by the date listed in the program description.
➜ Composers must submit a recent score (and recording, if available) to
➜ Long-distance applicants may submit a video recording in lieu of a live audition.


The San Francisco Conservatory has no on-campus housing or dormitory facilities. Summer Music West assumes no responsibility for securing housing for long distance applicants. We provide carpool information for applicants living within driving distance.

Helpful links:
· local hotels
· temporary housing options
· map of public transportation and parking

Auditions and/or interviews are required for all programs and will be arranged only upon receipt of a completed online application and payment of the application fee. The bulk of auditions occur in April. Admission will be based on demonstrated ability as well as compatibility with other applicants.

Submit one previously composed work (with recording if available) with application. An interview with the composition instructor is required, during which you should be prepared to perform one short piece on your instrument. Long distance applicants may interview by phone.

Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes
Present two contrasting selections in English (one at a lively tempo), from the Gilbert & Sullivan, classic Broadway (no belting, please), light opera or operetta repertoire. Choose songs that show off your personality. Selections should be memorized. Accompanist provided.

An interview may be required on the basis of placement questionnaire. Please print the questionnaire and submit it with your application.

Chamber Music, String and Piano Academy, Piano Duo Academy
Present two or more selections from contrasting style periods, demonstrating slow and fast tempi and two scales (one major, one minor) demonstrating a variety of articulation patterns in at least two octaves. Chamber Music applicants playing piano or string instruments should present three octave scales. Expect sight-reading. All new ensemble applicants who did not participate in Summer Music West last year should submit our music teacher questionnaire. String and Piano students under age 13 must also complete our musicianship questionnaire.

Video Recordings
Long-distance applicants may submit a video recording in lieu of a live audition. VHS or DVD recordings submitted should include the components listed above and meet with the approval of your teacher. List your name, instrument, composers, titles and program for which you are applying on the video label. If applying to the ensemble programs, please have your teacher select a sight reading excerpt for you to include on the video. Audition recordings will not be returned and must be received by listed application deadlines. MP3s and CDs will not be accepted. International students should ensure their video is appropriately formatted for North America.

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is charged upon online registration for an audition or interview. Only one fee per applicant is required.

Partial Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students who show a high level of musical proficiency and demonstrate a clear financial need. To apply for scholarship consideration, print, complete and submit this scholarship application  . You must submit a fully completed form along with page one of parent's most recent Federal Income Tax return. If no tax return is filed, you must submit adequate proof of income such as a Form W-2, a 1099, a year-end pay stub or the foreign equivalent. All information will be held in strict confidence. Completed forms must be received by April 15. An incomplete application will not be considered.

Do not send a tuition payment until you have received a tuition statement from the Summer Music West office. Once you have received a tuition statement, a non-refundable deposit of $250 or full tuition payment is due immediately to guarantee your place. A final balance payment is due three weeks prior to the start of class.

All fees and deposits are nonrefundable. Any intention to withdraw must be discussed with the Summer Programs Coordinator, then submitted in writing to the Conservatory Business Office. If withdrawal is made at least two weeks prior to the first day of class, the final tuition payment amount will be refunded (less a $25 handling fee). Further fines may apply to later withdrawals. No refunds will be made after the third day of class.