Summer 2014 VCU Music Programs and Upcoming Events

Orchestra Project
June 22-27, 2014

The VCU Orchestra Project, a joint venture between VCU Music and the Richmond Symphony, is a unique orchestra camp. Staffed entirely by some of the most talented players and teachers in Richmond — VCU professors and full-time musicians from the Richmond Symphony — it is designed to immerse young players in the magic of great music making. The mission of the VCU Orchestra Project is to bring about transformative growth in young musicians in one week’s time.

Vocal Arts Project
July 7 – 11, 2014

Join VCU Music for the Vocal Arts Project — a summer music camp designed for singers entering grades 6 through 12 in fall 2014. This week-long camp provides singers with a comprehensive choral experience. Singers will be placed in choirs according to voicing and ability level.  Throughout the week they have classes in theory & sight-singing (by level), drama, vocal technique and world drumming.

Guitar & Other Strings Series

Stephen Bennet to perform on 2014 Guitar & Other Strings Series

Stephen Bennet to perform on 2014 Guitar & Other Strings Series

The Guitar and Other Strings Series, held every July, features all styles of music — jazz, bluegrass, folk, Celtic, flamenco, classical and blues.

Begun in 1992, the series has presented nationally and internationally acclaimed artists in concerts and workshops. Artists who have performed on this series include Leo Kottke, Mark O’Connor, John Hartford, John Jackson, the Washington Guitar Quintet, Charlie Byrd, the Tony Rice Unit, the Del McCoury Band, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Pierre Bensusan and Stephen Bennett. The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble also performs annually on this series.

July 11: Banjo Masters featuring Tony Trischka, John Bullard, and Adam Larrabee
July 18: Quatro na Bossa
July 25: Stephen Bennett
July 27: VCU Community Guitar Ensemble

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Summer at CenterStage

Summer Series at CenterStage.

Summer Series at CenterStage.


In partnership with CenterStage and University of Richmond, VCU Music presents a new summer concert series starting in July 2014. In its inaugural season, the eight one-hour long recital style concerts will feature the complete sonatas of Johannes Brahms as well as other works for piano and solo instrument.  Summer at CenterStage is perfect for those new to the classical music experience, as well as for the most die-hard listeners and offers fantastic music in a relaxed environment.

Learn more here


Music Education Graduate Studies Programs

The summer masters in Music Education is intended to be completed in three consecutive summer sessions and is structured into three cognate areas: Music Education, Music Pedagogy and Professional Education. The structure of a summer-only program presents a challenge to the creation of a tradition learning community of scholars.

Global Summer Piano Institute
August 3-10, 2014

GSPI is an intensive program that is specifically tailored to talented young Chinese-speaking pianists who are curious about being exposed to a unique set of hybrid Eastern and Western cultural learning. The institute provides valuable feedback from multiple faculty while simultaneously allowing for immersive instrumental experiences in a supportive environment. Participants enroll in activities such as daily piano lessons, master classes, workshops, concerts, English language groups and an excursion to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capitol.