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"Summer Music West is a great experience through which to share the love of music, meet new people and learn more about my instrument"

-2010 Participant

Program Descriptions

Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes
Composition Intensive


Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes
The perfect training program for the young stage performer -- now in its thirteenth year! A collaboration with Lamplighters Music Theater.
Ages: 10-18
Audition required. See audition requirements for details.
         2015 Audition dates: TBA in April
When: June 15-27, Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Friday 12:00-5:00pm
Performance: Saturday, June 27, 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: TBA
Application Deadline: April 15

Explore the "Topsy-Turvy" world of rollicking pirates, damsels in distress and modern major generals! Daily classes and rehearsals emphasize singing, acting and stage movement, leading to a fully staged and costumed performance of Gilbert and Sullivan scenes in association with artistic staff from Lamplighters Music Theatre, San Francisco's award-winning Gilbert and Sullivan company.

"Participation in Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes expanded my range, helped me meet new people, recognize new talents and helped me grow as a singer."
-- Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes student, age 14

Sample Daily Schedule

1:00-1:30   Vocal warmup/movement
1:35-2:30   Musical coachings/Staging #1(large ensemble numbers)
2:30-2:45   BREAK
2:50-3:30   Musical coachings/Staging #2 (solos/small ensembles by group)
3:35-4:10   Musical coachings/Staging #3 (solos/small ensembles by group)
4:15-5:00   Musical coachings/Staging #4 (solos/small ensembles by group)

Note: Every student will experience unscheduled time slots, which may be used for individual or small group practice.

Composition Intensive
Proficiency on an instrument, basic music theory and notation skills required.
Ages: 9-20
Audition Interview and submission of one previously composed work required
When: June 15-July 2, Monday-Thursday; 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
Tuition: $1500
Application Deadline: April 15

Students explore the chamber music composition process, from the initial idea to sketching, workshops and completing the final score. Studying scores and recordings is central to this concentrated program, which includes group seminars, private lessons, and special events including instrument demonstrations, recitals and reading sessions.  Students learn from the work of both traditional and contemporary composers while developing their individual voice within a small group of their peers. The program culminates in a concert of students' works performed by enrolled students and guest artists.

Sample Daily Schedule

10am  Composition Development: Form, Line, Instrumentation, Harmony
11am  Electronic Music, Develop Improvisational and Listening Skills
Noon  Lunch
1pm  Guest Speakers, Ensembles, Instrument Demos
2pm  Composition Seminar - One on one instruction
3pm  Score Study, Student Presentations