Overview

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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:

SYMS Jr: July 15-20

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

SYMS Sr: July 21-29

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. Students in JR SYMS may take one lesson; students in SR SYMS may take one or two lessons.

For the program website: SYMS

Click the '+' on the blocks on the right to view and register for the Jr or Sr session and/or to purchase a private lesson(s), if desired.

Travel Information

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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

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  • 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

$725.00 SYMS JR - Overnight
$475.00 SYMS JR - Commuter
This session is for students who have completed Grades 6-8. Students who have completed Grade 6 may only register as a commuter.

The daily times for commuter students is approx. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Youth Sibling Discount
$25.00 SYMS JR - 1 Private Lesson
Choose this session to enroll in one private lesson for a student attending JR SYMS.

The cost of $25 per half-hour lesson will be added to your cart before check out.

JR SYMS students may register for one lesson; lessons will close for registration on July 11.

These lessons are only for students attending SYMS.

$975.00 SYMS SR - Overnight
$725.00 SYMS SR - Commuter

This session is for students who have completed Grades 9-12.

Note a change to a nine-day schedule.

Youth Sibling Discount
$25.00 SYMS SR - 1 Private Lesson
$50.00 SYMS SR - 2 Private Lessons

Choose this session to enroll in one or two private lesson(s) for a student attending SR SYMS.

The cost of $25 per half-hour lesson will be added to your cart before check out.

Lessons will close for registration on July 18.

These lessons are only for students attending SYMS.