Music • Summer • Fun • New Friends
Join us for a challenging and fun opportunity for committed music students to grow as musicians and artists, and to play with outstanding fellow musicians.
Music students from San Luis Obispo County and across the country meet up for a week-long, overnight, immersive summer camp experience on the Central Coast. This is an extraordinary opportunity to deepen your musicianship, make friends, and have lots of fun!
The week will be comprised of full string orchestra rehearsals, chamber groups, sectionals, and a culminating performance. Individual coaching opportunities will be made available. There will be time for social activities, outdoor games, and plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Rancho El Chorro’s natural surroundings.
On this page, you will find a link to our online and printable application forms. Complete and return the application with your audition fee and submit your audition video. (Full details below)
Michael Nowak, Academy Director
Michael Whitson, Assistant Director & Viola Coach
Valerie Berg, Violin Coach
Giovanna Clayton, Cello Coach
Ken Hustad, Double Bass Coach
Our Dates & Location
Sunday, July 7 – Sunday, July 14, 2019
Camp Arroyo Grande
250 Wesley Street, Arroyo Grande
(formerly the United Methodist Conference center)
How To Apply
Students must complete the application form and submit an electronic or signed copy with a $25 audition fee. A limited number of applicants will be accepted. This camp is open to students age 12 through 18.
Send your audition video to Sarah Maggelet at [email protected] with the subject line as “SSMA audition video-[instrument]. Include a 2-octave scale and a solo piece of your choosing. This can be a .mp4 or .mov file, or a link to a Youtube or Vimeo video.
Tuition: $1,000 all-inclusive, scholarships are available
Our mailing address is Orchestra Novo, P.O. Box 1555, Morro Bay, CA 93443
Applications are due by April 5
Audition fee and video by April 5
Scholarship applications by May 3
In the event that you wish to enroll after the dates listed above, please contact Sarah Maggelet at [email protected] to make other arrangements.