Female student playing instrument as part of ensemble at SYMS

SYMS - Summer Youth Music School

For over seventy years, the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) has provided students the opportunity to share their passion for music with other talented musicians in a supportive and engaging environment, studying with outstanding teachers and freelance artists from around the country.

Students engage in a daily schedule of exciting and varied classes. Campers concentrate on a major instrument or voice part and choose electives to broaden their experience. They participate in large ensembles (band, choir, orchestra), master classes, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and other stimulating and challenging courses designed to improve their technique and musical understanding.

Students and faculty also perform a variety of free evening recitals throughout the sessions and each session concludes with a final concert.

There are two sessions (dates subj to change):

  • SYMS Jr: July 14-19, 2019

A one-week session for musicians who have completed Grades 6-8.

  • SYMS Sr: July 20-28, 2019

A nine-day session for musicians who have completed Grades 9-12.

Commuter and overnight options are available for each session; students who have completed Grade 6 may only attend SYMS Jr as a commuter.

Private lessons, at additional cost of $25 per half hour, are available to interested students.

Registration is expected to open on March 14.

For the program website: SYMS


Travel Information


SYMS - Summer Youth Music School

SYMS is held primarily at the Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 30 Academic Way:  Travel to Durham

Specific check in location and directions will be on the SYMS website and/or sent to participants prior to the session start date.

Program Staff


SYMS - Summer Youth Music School

  • Andrew Boysen

    Andrew Boysen Jr. is a professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire where he conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches conducting and is the Director of the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS).

    For Questions relating to SYMS, contact Lyndsay Boysen, SYMS Administrative Director: lyndsay.boysen@unh.edu

This course is currently unavailable.