Female student playing instrument as part of ensemble at SYMS

SYMS - Summer Youth Music School

Students concentrate on a major instrument or voice part and choose electives to broaden their experience. They associate with talented young musicians who share their excitement about music, and they study with outstanding teachers and freelance artists. Enrollment for certain instruments may be limited.

In addition to concert bands, a variety of choruses, a string orchestra, and a full orchestra, we offer master classes, small ensembles, jazz groups, and other opportunities designed to improve each student's technique and musical understanding. Stimulating and challenging classes are available to students at all levels. Private lessons, at additional cost, are available to interested students.

Students and faculty members give a variety of evening recitals throughout the sessions. Each session concludes with a final concert.

There are two sessions - 2020 dates (subject to change):
  • SYMS Jr: July 12-17 (for musicians who have completed Grades 6-8)

  • SYMS Sr: July 18-26  (for musicians who have completed Grades 9-12)

Registration is expected to open on Monday, March 16, 2020.

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. Note that you must be enrolled in a SYMS session in order to also enroll in a private lesson.

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.