Scholarship deadline March 15, 2017

Discounts & Financial Aid

Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of at least $1000. Discount offer ends March 15, 2017. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Four-Week Music Discount

Students who are accepted and enroll in two consecutive programs, e.g., Symphony Orchestra Intensive/Chamber Festival Intensive, or Wind Symphony Intensive/Chamber Festival Intensive are eligible to receive a 15% discount for the full cost of tuition, meals and housing. In effect, students pay for three weeks and receive the fourth week free. Honor Group participants may apply the Honor Group discount of $1000 to one program.


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2017 Repertoire Announcement

The Repertoire for 2017 Summer Festival has been announced!


High School Symphony

Shostakovich, Festive Overture, Op. 96

Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

Rossini, La Gazza Ladra Overture

Stravinsky, Firebird Suite (1919)



Kalinnikov, Symphony No. 1, Finale

Saint-Saens, Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah

Chabrier, Espana

Mahler, Symphony No. 2, First Movement


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IdyllwildARTS Summer Program

Summer Music Festival 2015
Symphony Orchestra July 12 ~ July 25, 2015
Chamberfest July 26 ~ August 08, 2015
Conductor, Larry Livingston
Application Deadline: April 15, 2015

10532379_10100989005751365_71952474622680367_nSymphony Orchestra
Two week Session:
July 12 ~ July 25, 2015

Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, July 25

Designed for the most talented pre-college musicians, this outstanding performance program provides participation in a large symphony orchestra which is devoted to reading, rehearsing, refining and performing the finest orchestra literature from a variety of musical style periods.

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Respighi, Pines of Rome
Saint-Saëns, Danse Macabre
Ives, Variations on America
Borodin, Polovetsian Dances

Chamberfest IMG_0657
Two week Session:
July 26 ~ August 08, 2015

Chamber Music Concerts: Saturday, August 1 , 10 AM & Saturday, August 8, 9 AM
Chamber Orchestra Concerts: Saturday, August 1, & TBA
Final Concert Saturday, August 8, 8 PM, at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

Chamberfest is an intensive two-week program designed to offer outstanding pre-college musicians the opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed for excellence in small ensemble performance and to rehearse and perform the most challenging literature in the chamber orchestra repertoire. Students selected for Chamberfest will have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading teachers and artists of chamber music and orchestral performance. This program is for students who have an interest in pursuing music as a possible career choice. Toward that end, admission to the program is highly selective and limited.


2015 Chamberfest Orchestra Repertoire 
Beethoven, Symphony No. 8
Leonore Overture No. 3
Berlioz, Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict

Summer music camp in California


Nested in the pastoral beauty of the San Jacinto mountains of Southern California, the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival features two remarkable experiences for young orchestral musicians under the leadership of Larry Livingston.  Aimed at pre-college students, the program is built around two, two-week modules.  The first of these involves a large symphony and focuses on orchestral training with core participation by an outstanding applied music faculty.   A large orchestra averaging more than 100 players, the symphony offers an inspiring musical adventure for every level of player. Over the past summers, the symphony has performed such demanding works as the symphonies of Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius as well as Bernstein’s Dances from West Side Story.


The Chamberfest takes place immediately following the Symphony Orchestra session and puts joint emphasis on chamber music and chamber orchestra.   It is geared more toward students planning on majoring in music in college and who demonstrate an especially high level of instrumental skill. Central to the Chamberfest program is a world-class faculty who serve both as orchestra coaches and, equally important, as chamber music teachers.   Musicians selected to participate in Chamberfest will have the opportunity to develop and refine the techniques needed for excellence in small ensemble performance and to rehearse and perform virtuosic literature from the chamber orchestra repertoire.  The Chamberfest Orchestra will perform its final concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 8, 2015 at 8 PM  .Repertoire driven, both the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamberfest are immersion programs, designed to spark maximum educational and artistic growth.

Every summer, aspiring young musicians come from all over the world to participate in the Idyllwild Festival. Students selected for the Festival have the opportunity to work in close proximity with some of the world’s finest artist/educators, individuals who carry a deep personal commitment to the education and training of everyone they teach.  For twenty-six consecutive summers, the Idyllwild Festival has flourished through passionate music-making and an irreducible reverence for the welfare of young people.  Students leave profoundly enriched, their lives forever changed by the unique miracle of Idyllwild.