Summer at NMS

Summer Ensembles & Play-Ins | Week-long Summer Programs | Audubon Arts

Summer Fun at NMS

NMS is always a fun place to be during the summer! It’s all about fun, collaboration, and friendship for children and teens with our week-long music programs and our drama-based Audubon Arts programs. Summer also means seasonal ensembles, as well as all of our regular lessons and classes for students of all ages. Summertime = creativity when you’re at NMS.
Whether you want to meet an old friend, revive your musical skills or improve your sight-reading, we have something for everyone.

Audubon Arts 2017

June 26 - August 4.  Kindergarten - high school.

This summer program for children and teens has been an NMS favorite for more than 30 years. The highly regarded theater program for ages 14-17, led by experienced professionals, presents a full production each summer.

Learn more about Audubon Arts.

More Summer 2017 Offerings Coming Soon!


Summer Baroque

June 13 - July 11 (no July 4). Ensemble playing for students of violin, viola, flute, oboe, recorder, cello, bassoon and viola da gamba. For those who can sight-read well. Music available for all. Pay per session or sign up for the entire series. Four sessions.
Mondays 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuition: $120 for four weeks or $30 per session.
Instructor: Grace Feldman

  •        Summer Baroque

The Open Door Viol Consort Sessions

June 15 - July 13. Ensemble playing for viol students from intermediate to advanced. Pay per session or for the entire series. Five sessions.
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuition: $150 for the series or $30 per session.

  •         Open Door Viol Consort

Glorious Music - Brandenburg Concerto Movements

July 18. This single evening session is for violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba, flute and recorder players. Must be able to sight-read. The music may at times go out of woodwind range. 
Monday, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuition: $30

  •        Brandenburg Concerto

Summer Cellos

June 29 - August 3. Ages 10 - adult. 

Two hours of heavenly cello music for players of all levels. We will divide the time into smaller ensemble playing for the first hour (beginner and intermediate/advanced) and a full cello choir for the second hour. Music will range from Bach to Star Wars!
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

(Note: Students can sign up for four sessions instead of six, with a pro-rated price. Please call 203-624-5189 for this option.)

Tuition: $240
Instructors: Ravenna Michalsen and Patti Smith-Romanski

  •          Summer Cellos

Summer Celtic Ensemble

June 29 - August 10. Ages 13 - adult.

Bring your instrument and join NMS's new Celtic Music Ensemble! We will be learning beautiful ancient melodies and foot-stompin' dance tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and the Isle of Man in the traditional way: by ear. Especially intended for classically trained instrumentalists wanting to strengthen their ear-learning skills, as well as those interested in learning more about traditional Celtic music. All instruments welcome. Limit: One pianist.
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Tuition: $210
Instructor: Haley Hewitt

  •         Celtic Ensemble

Blues Ensemble

June 21 - July 19. Ages 13 - adult.

Learn to play a variety of music influenced by traditional blues, straight blues, jazz and rock.
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuition: $125
Instructor: Jesse Hameen II

  •           Blues Ensemble

Intro to Jazz Ensemble

June 21 - August 2. Ages 13 - adult. 

The ensemble is open to all instrumentalists and focuses on developing basic jazz skills, theory and improvisation. Some directed listening of jazz recordings and brief discussion of the historical perspective of the repertoire also included.
Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Tuition: $175
Instructor: Brian Jenkins

  •          Intro to Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Standards

June 21 - August 2. Ages 13 - adult. 

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuition: $175
Instructor: Brian Jenkins

  •           Jazz Standards

Intro to the Blues

June 21 - August 2. Ages 13 - adult. 

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Tuition: $175
Instructor: Brian Jenkins

  •          Intro to the Blues

DoSo Jam

June 30 - August 4. Ages 8 - 12

Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuition: $120
Instructor: David Mills

  •           DoSo Jam


To request financial aid for a Summer intensive, register here.

Summer KinderArts

Ages 3½ - 5½. A fun and unforgettable experience with music, dance, yoga and visual arts! Program held in both New Haven and Madison.

Learn more about Summer KinderArts

Junior Chamber Winds

June 26 - 30. A high-quality, week-long chamber music experience with daily master classes for beginning/intermediate students grades 5-8 (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn).

Learn more about Junior Chamber Winds

Chamber Winds

July 5 - 9. Intermediate or advanced high school, college and adult players will enjoy this opportunity to play and learn in a collaborative setting with other experienced musicians.

Learn more about Chamber Winds

Summer Jazz

August 7 - 11. Ages 12 and up.

This five-day intensive, now celebrating its 21st year, offers small ensembles, a big band, theory, master classes and jam sessions with NMS faculty and noted guest clinicians, under the guidance of notable jazz drummer, Jesse Hameen II, who leads the program.

Learn more about Summer Jazz

Summer Rocks!

August 14 - 18. Instrumentalists & Vocalists - Ages 8 and up.

This summer, students will focus on technology-based projects like making daily video rock blogs, taking part in flash mob songwriting projects, and performing in a simulcast 360 degree Virtual Reality rock concert at the end of the week.

Learn more about Summer Rocks!