Credit: The Rivers School Conservatory
The Rivers School Conservatory offers premier classical and jazz music education that develops the highest level of artistic and technical achievement in students of all ages. The school fosters creativity and imagination and cultivates inspiration, self-confidence, discipline, and leadership skills that are developed through the exploration of music. The school has a reputation for helping their students develop a life-long passion for music.
Rivers offers specialized music programs for kids entering grades 3-12 during the summer. Younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Auditions are held in order to accept and place students in the appropriate large ensemble, classes, and chamber groups. Review the school’s website for upcoming audition dates.
Summer Music at Rivers is a two-week summer program for students of any wind, string, or brass instruments, and piano. Each session concludes with performances of the chamber groups and large ensembles. Students rehearse daily, participating in chamber ensemble and also receive private instruction.
This two-week immersion welcomes students new to jazz/improvisation as well as more experienced players are welcome. Each student is placed in a combo of 4-7 players of similar ability to work with a jazz faculty member and perform at the end of the session. Beginners focus on blues form and time, while more advanced students work on chord-based approaches and complex harmonic/rhythmic developments.
A week-long morning program for talented young string players, the Summer Orchestra program accommodates beginners through advanced students. Each day includes rehearsals, sectionals, and a break with refreshments.
Summer Percussion Workshop
This weeklong seminar is an opportunity for percussion students to refine their playing skills through classes and private instruction. The program includes daily master classes, mallet ensemble, percussion ensemble, drum circle on hand percussion, performance class, and a final concert.
Limited need-based financial aid is available for summer programs.