Summer Programs

Families, school-aged children, teens and adults can explore new skills over the summer. Multiple camps and summer workshops keep the music playing!

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Summer Music Programs for PK - Grade 12

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Kindermusik® Adventures

June 8 - July 7, 2022
9:30-10:15 a.m. | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $150.00 (includes materials kit)
Sibling Tuition: $115 (no kit included)

6 months - 5 years and their caregivers.

Experience enough music, stories, and activities to inspire a lifetime of learning! In Kindermusik® camp, parents and children will play, learn, sing, dance, create, and share in the fun of making music together. Each one of our activities is specially designed to nurture every child’s natural curiosity, encouraging each child to learn new words, new concepts, and new ideas. Tuition includes materials kit. One full kit per family required.

Webster Groves, CMS Center
Wednesdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6
9:30–10:15 a.m. or 10:30–11:15 a.m. or 11:30-12:15 p.m.

Chesterfield, Strauss Center in Faust Park
Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7
9:30–10:15 a.m. or 10:30–11:15 a.m.

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String Orchestra Camp

June 13 - 17, 2022
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $175.00*

String students age 7- high school

Students participate daily in full string orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and master classes/special presentations. Three orchestra levels under the direction of CMS orchestra conductors will musically challenge every student.

At least one year’s experience playing instrument and reading music (quarter and eighth notes, minimum).

*String Camp Package: Enroll in String Orchestra Camp and Chamber Music Encounter and pay a combined tuition of only $500.00

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Chamber Music Encounter

June 13 - 17, 2022
1–5 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
Still accepting applications for Viola students.

Tuition: $380.00*

String & piano students through high school

Professional chamber musicians and CMS faculty well experienced in chamber group settings will coach trios, quartets, and quintets in this wonderful music form where compositions are performed by and written for one player for each part. Guest performers and speakers will share their experience in successful chamber music performance and ensemble development. Culminating presentation by all groups at the end of the camp.

Acceptance is based on audition, instrumentation needs for chamber ensembles (trios, quartets, quintets), and readiness for small ensemble playing.

String players need a developed vibrato. Students must be at or beyond the following representative minimum skill levels:
Violin: Suzuki Book 4-Vivaldi a minor Concerto
Viola: Suzuki Book 4-Seitz Concerto #2, 3rd movement
Cello: Suzuki Book 4-Breval Sonata in C Major
Piano: Clementi or Kuhlau Sonatinas

Space is limited. Audition video required after application.

*String Camp Package: Enroll in String Orchestra Camp and Chamber Music Encounter and pay a combined tuition of only $500.00

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Flute Camp

June 6 - 9: 4-7 p.m.
June 10: 2-5 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $155.00

Grades 7-12 in Fall 2022

Calling all flutists! Facilitated by Nadine Hur, this program is designed to address individual strengths and challenges. It includes warm-up exercises, tone, intonation and breathing techniques, and nationally-renown guest flutists.  Past guests include Jeannie Baxtresser, Soo-Kyung Park, Keith Underwood, Immanuel Davis, Katherine Borst Jones, and Hadar Noiberg.

One year playing flute in a school band program or at least one year of private flute instruction.

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Band Camp

June 20 - 24, 2022
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline EXTENDED: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $275.00

Grades 7-12 in Fall 2022

Participate in ensembles, master classes, and special events while learning important practice and audition preparation techniques. Work directly with St. Louis professional musicians who play your instrument! Meet and play music with students from around the bi-state area. We hope to split students into MS & HS groups, while allowing advanced MS students the opportunity to audition into the HS group. The week concludes with a full concert by the entire band.

One full year of participation in a school band program (on the instrument you will play during camp) or at least one year of private instruction. Auditions (to determine placement) are required for all students and will be held virtually by video submission, due by April 15.
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Summer Composition Intensive

July 11 - 22, 2022
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (M-F)
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022

Tuition: $405.00

Grades 7-12 in Fall 2022

Students will develop their compositions with St. Louis area composers and musicians. Work will be in groups according to experience level - from those needing the basics of notation, transposition, and scoring, to students with prior composing experience. The culminating event will feature each original work performed and recorded by professional musicians.

Must be able to read music and play an instrument or sing.

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String Intensive

July 6 – 10, 2022
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022

Tuition: $400.00

Intermediate to advanced string players ages 12 & up, including adults & professionals.

The Clazz String Intensive is designed to introduce classically-trained string players to the art of improvisation through the pedagogical ideals of jazz and musical languages from other cultures. This summer students will be exposed to jazz, blues, bluegrass, tango, and more. Faculty will include Clazz Quartet (Jeremy Cohen, Helmut Lipsky, Matt Pickart, and Cris Campbell) and special guests. For further information, please visit Clazz International Music Festival.


Audition video required for placement. More information will be sent to students upon enrollment.

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Popular Songwriting Camp

June 6 - 10, 2022
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $250.00

Grades 9-12 in Fall 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned tunesmith or just beginning to create your own music, this camp is for you! Songwriting Camp includes daily songwriting technique lessons, co-writing sessions with peers coached by camp faculty, feedback sessions with camp faculty and peers, and a culminating concert. This camp focuses on contemporary, mass-market popular songwriting in a variety of styles.

Must be able to accompany themselves on piano, guitar, ukulele or other harmonizing instrument.

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Jazz Camp 2022

July 11 - 15, 2022
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For beginning, intermediate, and advanced level jazz improvisers and instrumentalists entering grades 9–adult in Fall 2022

Instructors: Paul DeMarinis, Kim Portnoy, Kevin Gianino,Tom Byrne, Dave Black, Nick Savage, Willem von Hombracht,Ben Wheeler, and others.

Classical Piano Camp

July 18 - 22, 2022
9 a.m.-3 p.m

Students entering 6th to 12th grade in Fall 2022

2022 Guest Artist: Melissa Coppola, DMA, Director of Keyboard Studies, Webster University

Instructors:Pat Eastman, MM; Caroline Hixson, MM, NCTM;Sue Martin, MM; Ruth Price, DMA; Donna Vince, MM, NCTM

Application Deadline: June 27, 2022 to submit pre-screening videos

Summer Music Programs for Adults (19+)

MOCM Adult Chamber Music Intensive

June 27 - July 2, 2022
CMS Center - Webster Groves

Application Deadline EXTENDED: April 14, 2022

Tuition: $350.00

Intermediate and Advanced instrumentalists age 21 and over

The MOCM Adult Chamber Music Intensive places adult amateur instrumentalists in chamber ensembles of various sizes and instrumentation to work with faculty player/coaches. The collaborative faculty have included members of the St. Louis and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Arianna String Quartet, and other St. Louis area performers and teachers.

Participants are encouraged to learn parts in advance of the Intensive.

Adult String Orchestra

July 5 - 9, 2022
5-8 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $250.00

Adult violin, viola, cello & string bass students (age 19+)

Ready to dust off those group-playing skills? Join us for this not-quite-beginner string orchestra for adult students. Some experience playing in an orchestra or ensemble (even if it was decades ago) is helpful. Participate in string orchestra rehearsals with CMS conductor and sectional coaches. An informal performance for friends and family will be held on the last day of camp. Great opportunity for individual adult string lesson students!

Approximate playing level at Suzuki books 2–4

Beginner Strings Adult Group Class

July 5 - 9, 2022
5-8 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Tuition: $250.00

Adult violin, viola, cello & students (age 19+)

Interested in learning to play violin, viola, or cello in a group setting? Come join us for a week of learning a string instrument from scratch alongside other adults in a friendly group environment. No previous musical experience required. At the end of camp, students will join the Adult String Orchestra for an informal performance for friends and family.

Participants are expected to provide their own instruments and a copy of Essential Elements Book 1 for their instrument.

Summer Session of Individual Lessons

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June 18 - August 1, 2022

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All Ages!

Registration begins in June. Click here to submit the inquiry form.

Take your musicianship to the next level! Individual lessons give you the personal attention you need to succeed. 30-, 45-, or 60-minute lessons are available. Students must have their own instruments. A traditional piano is preferred for piano students.

Youngest Beginning Lesson Age:

  • Piano and Guitar: ages 6
  • String Instruments: ages 7-8
  • Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion: ages 9-10
  • Composition, Harp, Voice: age 12 (Composition students must have basic note-reading skills)

Lesson locations available in Webster Groves and Chesterfield.