Orchestra of high school students at UNH SYMS

SYMS - Summer Youth Music School

2023 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 an 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.

All students can attend as commuter or overnight campers. Overnight students live in a Residential Hall, and all students have meals in a UNH dining hall.

You will be asked to choose a commuter or overnight option once the session is in your cart. Please be sure you make the correct choice.

Commuter Daily Schedule: Drop Off at 8:15 am/Pick Up at 4:15 pm.

Private lessons, at an additional cost of $25 per half hour, are available to interested students. Note that you must be enrolled in the corresponding SYMS session to register for a private lesson. One private lesson is available per session. The option to purchase a lesson will be available in your shopping cart. We recommend enrolling for a lesson at the same time as enrolling in the SYMS session, if desired.

 Session  Dates Grades (entering Fall 2023)  Cost Registration close date (unless full earlier)
 JR SYMS  Sat July 15 - Weds July 19 Gr 7-9  Commuter: $349 Overnight: $549 June 15
 SR SYMS  Sat July 22 - Sun July 30 Gr 10-12  Commuter: $699 Overnight: $899 June 15

Click the '+' on the block on the right to choose your session and enroll.

Online Registration Instructions: please review before enrolling for the best outcome. Family Accounts are recommended for enrolling a child or children in any UNH youth program. Note: if you have an account in our system already, you will be asked to log into either a family or student account. Be sure you know which account you have and know your username and password. This will minimize difficulty and time while enrolling. Do not create a new account if you have one already.

Details regarding drop off locations, times, and other information is sent to enrolled participants prior to the session start date from program staff.

UNH continues to have COVID-19 guidelines in place for youth programs: Current COVID-19 Guidelines

New for Summer 2023!

Quicker enrollment process: Starting with summer 2023 youth programs, UNH is partnering with CampDoc for families to complete the registration questions. Enrollments and payments will still be done through our current system, but it will be a much more efficient process as youth program registration questions will not be answered at that time. Within a couple weeks of enrolling, families will receive an email prompting completion of the registration questions, including roommate requests for overnight campers. For more information, review our “What’s New in 2023?” document.

For questions or more information, contact: lyndsay.boysen@unh.edu

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 provided to enrolled participants prior to the session start date from the program staff.

549.00 SYMS Junior OVERNIGHT
349.00 SYMS Junior COMMUTER
899.00 SYMS Senior OVERNIGHT
699.00 SYMS Senior COMMUTER