Summer at NMS

NMS has a range of creative Summer offerings, including private music lessons and music, dance and early childhood classes.

The special offerings below are unique to the Summer session.

AUDUBON ARTS (late June to early August)

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.


Junior Chamber Winds

Late June. 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 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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


Chamber Winds

Early July. 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 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For more information contact director Sue Zoellner Cross, or call 203-624-5189 x51.

Summer Jazz

Early August. Ages 13 through adult. A five-day intensive that offers small ensembles, a big band, theory, master classes and jam sessions with NMS faculty and guest clinicians. NMS faculty helps you learn from the best! The week culminates with a student concert. Minimum of two years experience.
Meets Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

Summer Rocks!

Mid-August. Ages 10 and up. This week-long intensive features songwriting, performance, overview of recording and much more. 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 Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For more information, see program details or contact program director Pete DiGennaro.

Flute Boot

Late August. Does your embouchure sometimes get rusty over the summer? Do you need a jump start or a little inspiration to get back into a healthy practice routine? Do you need to get on top of your game for auditions when you go back to school? Or do you simply lay awake at night wondering what life would be like if you did all the technical workouts your teacher assigned? Well, here’s your chance! Daily sessions will include semi-private lessons, master classes, group technique and ensemble, with rotating electives including instrument construction, instrument repair, yoga, beatboxing or other offerings based upon the interests of our group.
Location: Westville.
Note: Please consult with instructor Naomi Senzer before registering.
- Advanced beginner/intermediate level, 8:30 a.m. –  12 p.m. 
- Advanced (All-State level high school – college/advanced adults), 1 - 5 p.m.


Summer Chorus

Ages 16 - adult. We will be preparing several pieces by composers such as Weelkes, Brahms, Rutter, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. We will work on building a good sound as a group to enhance our music making and to maximize the joy of singing together. A basic audition is necessary. It will check for the singer's ability to sing in tune, have good rhythm, mimic short five-note melodies and check if the singer can sing "Happy Birthday" while the coach/director sings along with a harmony part. The chorus will meet for seven sessions: six rehearsals and a performance. Contact Weekly.
Instructor: Martha Oneppo

Get Plucky!

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. Weekly.
Instructor: Haley Hewitt

Rounds for Adults

Ages 16 - adult. Come and join the singing fun! We'll start with the basics and quickly move to more sophisticated material. Both music readers and "quick studies" welcome. The sheer beauty and variety of styles will surprise, challenge and delight. This is round singing for grown-ups. Songbook and practice CD are included in the fee. Weekly.
Instructor: Julia Blue Raspe

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