Boulder Symphony is proud to announce its
Summer Festival 2018 
with a week of classes and performances in collaboration with
Boulder Music Institute 
Flatirons Strings Academy

Who is it for?

The Summer Festival is a training course for aspiring string players and vocalists seeking to hone their skills in string ensemble playing and vocal performance practice in a supportive environment.

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their performing skills to a higher level and is designed primarily for high school students, college students, and adults. 

Dates and Location

Classes will be held from June 25 - 29, 2018
at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Boulder.

Two performances will also take place at First Presbyterian on June 29 and 30, with additional performances occurring on Pearl Street Mall on June 29 and 30.


The schedule of classes is organized to give the same amount of teaching time and performance opportunities to all participants.

Each participant performs in daily coaching and masterclasses, and several times in concerts at the end of the week. In addition, there are group sessions in Alexander Technique, performance psychology, and movement, alongside daily coachings and workshops, which provides students with an intense and highly supportive atmosphere.

Repertoire will be tailored to individual participants, including chamber, operatic, and symphonic music.


The Festival assembles a team of expert coaches with complementary skills and a passionate interest in the development of young musicians.

2018 Faculty

- Keynes Chen - Concertmaster, Boulder Symphony
- Rosemary Box - Viola, Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal
- Charles Lee - Principal Cello, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
- Devin Patrick Hughes - Conductor, Boulder Symphony
- Allan Armstrong - Coach/Accompanist/Professor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- Cherity Koepke - Vocal Coach, Opera Colorado Young Artist Program
- Molly Kittle - Alexander Technique
Rayne Sofley - Acting Coach
- Lisa Loller - Performance Psychology Coach
- Rose Metcalfe - Movement Coach

Faculty Headshots and Bios coming soon!


Tuition for the 2018 Summer Festival is $1,000 for the full week.

This tuition includes: 
- At least 2 individual and/or group coachings and guided rehearsals
- One public masterclass
- All workshops
- Performances
- Possible field trips
- Speakers
- Q&A sessions
- Some snacks

A limited number of need-based scholarships are also available.
If you are interested in a scholarship please complete the scholarship application form, found HERE, by April 6, 2018.


Those interested in participating in the Summer Festival must complete the application formincluding uploading 2-3 solo recordings of contrasting pieces.

For instrumentalists: these selections can be excerpts from from chamber, orchestral, or solo repertoire.

For vocalists: this can be or 2-3 arias and/or art songs in at least 2 languages. 

Excerpts must have been recorded within the last 18 months.

The closing date for all applications is April 6, 2018.

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