Summer at NMS

NMS has a range of creative Summer offerings. Won't you join us?
Download our Summer brochure.

Register for Summer lessons.
View Summer music classes.
View Summer dance classes.
View early childhood music classes.
View Summer ensembles.

The special offerings below are unique to the Summer session.

AUDUBON ARTS (June 22 - July 31)

Preschool - 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.


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

No price increase for Summer intensives! Same prices as last year.

Junior Chamber Winds

June 29 - July 3. A high-quality, weeklong chamber music experience with daily master classes for beginning/intermediate students grades 5-8 (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn). One year of playing is recommended. No chamber music experience required.
Meets Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuition: $385. $50 discount until May 1.

For more information contact Sue Zoellner Cross or call 203-624-5189 x51.


Chamber Winds

July 6 - 10. 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. Includes master classes and a final performance (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn).
Meets Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuition: $385. $50 discount until May 1.
For more information contact director Sue Zoellner Cross, or call 203-624-5189 x51.

Summer Jazz

August 3 - 7. Ages 13 through adult. This five-day intensive, now celebrating its 20th year, offers small ensembles, a big band, theory, master classes and jam sessions with NMS faculty and noted guest clinicians. NMS faculty helps you learn from the best! The week culminates with a student concert. Minimum of two years experience.
Meets Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuition: $585. $50 discount until midnight May 15.

For information e-mail Jesse Hameen II; 203-624-5189 x52.

Summer Rocks!

August 10 - 14. Ages 10 and up. This week-long intensive features songwriting, performance, overview of recording and much more. This year's theme is Women in Rock, celebrating women's history in contemporary music -- and the world.
Learn more about Summer Rocks!
Each day you'll be a part of: 

         •  Instrument-specific master classes
         •  Mini-classes, including songwriting and instrument effects processing
         •  Classes that introduce the basics of live sound, voice and more!

Meets Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuition: $585. $50 discount until midnight May 15.
For more information, see program details or contact program director Pete DiGennaro.


NEW! Summer Celtic Ensemble

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, June 24 - Aug. 12, 5 - 6 p.m.
Tuition: $210
Instructor: Haley Hewitt

NEW! Summer Cellos
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.
Thursdays, June 25 - July 30, 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

Get Plucky!

Ages 12 - 18. Love playing harp, but feeling like your harp practice has stagnated? Looking for some creative inspiration to fire up your summer of harp playing? Join "Get Plucky!," an exciting opportunity for intermediate and advanced harp players to focus on musical creativity and enhance skills such as arranging, ear learning, idea generation, applying music theory and group playing. Working in a weekly small group setting, harp players will learn fun new music, contribute their own ideas, further develop their unique musical voice and have the opportunity to perform their work at the end of the course.
Wednesdays, June 24 - Aug. 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. (Class does not meet July 1 or July 15.)
Tuition: $280
Instructor: Haley Hewitt

Summer Baroque
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 June 15, 22 & 29 & July 6; 6-8 p.m.
Tuition: $120 for four weeks or $30 per session.
Instructor: Grace Feldman
For more information e-mail Grace Feldman, or call 203-624-5189 x56.

The Open Door Viol Consort Sessions

Ensemble playing for viol students from intermediate to advanced. Pay per session or for the entire series. Four sessions.

Wednesdays, June 17 - July 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Tuition: $120 for the series or $30 per session.
For more information e-mail Grace Feldman, or call 203-624-5189 x56.

Glorious Music - Brandenburg Concerto Movements

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, July 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuition: $30

For more information e-mail Grace Feldman, or call 203-624-5189 x56.

Jazz Standards Ensemble

Ages 13 - adult. This ensemble explores the art and techniques of performing repertoire in the different genres of jazz.
Tuesdays, June 23 - July 21, 6 - 7 p.m.
Tuition: $130
Instructor: Mike Asetta

Blues and More Ensemble

Ages 13 - adult. Learn to play a variety of music influenced by traditional blues, straight blues, jazz and rock.
Tuesdays, June 23 - July 21, 6 - 7 p.m.
Tuition: $130
Instructor: Jesse Hameen II

Intro to Jazz Ensemble

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, June 23 - July 21, 7 - 8 p.m.
Tuition: $130
Instructor: Mike Asetta

Steel Pan Ensembles

From Bach to calypso, from rap to reggae, enjoy the magic of steel pans, the musical phenomenon from the Caribbean! At least one semester of private lessons with instructor is recommended. Please contact Debby Teason for placement information.

  • Steel Pan Ensemble, ages 12 and up.
    Mondays, July 6 - Aug. 10, 5 - 6 p.m. $150. Register.
  • Intermediate Steel Pan Ensemble, ages 18 and up.
    Mondays, July 6 - Aug. 10, 6 - 7 p.m. $150. Register.