About Our Festival

Our Mission

The mission of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival is to provide the highest caliber, inclusive educational experience for pre-professional musicians, connecting them with preeminent performance faculty as they prepare to launch rewarding careers, while simultaneously providing vibrant and diverse concerts celebrating legacy, contemporary, and underrepresented classical music and thereby enriching the community of the Pikes Peak region.


Now in its 40th Anniversary season, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival is an intensive three-week program for 52-54 advanced student musicians, including violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and piano.

Festival participants work closely with the faculty, who spend many hours coaching small ensembles, private lessons, and master classes. In addition, the faculty teach sessions that are particularly valuable for pre-professional students, including courses that discuss strategies for practice, improvisation, and how to perform and relate to colleagues in chamber ensembles and orchestra. Mock auditions are also part of the curriculum, which includes information on how to prepare for orchestral auditions. Participation in the festival, both in chamber ensembles and the orchestra, offers each student the opportunity to learn and perform the best of the standard repertoire.

All students participate in a concert series including formal and informal chamber music concerts, four orchestra performances, including a free children's concert, and several off-campus outreach concerts. Six to eight students are chosen by audition for concerto readings with the orchestra in performances that are open to the public. Chamber music performances are held in Packard Hall, a modern, acoustically superb, 300-seat concert hall. The Festival Orchestra concerts are held in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Richard F. Celeste Theater, a 450-seat cutting-edge "tuned" room with the latest acoustical and amplification capabilities. The Cornerstone Arts Center was built in 2008 and is a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary space designed by acclaimed architect Antoine Predock.




Contact Us

Ann Van Horn
Assistant Director, Colorado College Summer Music Festival
(719) 389-6552
Mailing Address: 819 N. Tejon St.
Physical Address: 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., Office #112
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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