A rare opportunity for specialized and intensive classical and pre-professional music training.

Our curriculum includes private lessons, instrument-specific seminars and master classes, music theory, and music history. Performance opportunities enrich the student experience and prepare them well for further study.

Our summer faculty have a vast range of experience in performance, teaching, and scholarship. These dedicated artists and teachers are committed to the pursuit of their own work while sharing their knowledge, technique, professionalism, and experience with our students.

Arts Odyssey Program
Rising 8th & 9th-Graders
June 20 - 25 / June 27 - July 2, 2021

Arts Odyssey is a one-week intensive program for passionate musicians that consists of study and performance on an individual instrument or voice area, as well as daily rehearsal and collaboration in chamber ensembles.  The innovative curriculum includes technique classes on an instrument, seminars on successful audition strategies, as well as classes in music theory, music appreciation and rhythmic motion.  Students who complete the program return to their music studies and school programs with new and refined technical skills, increased artistry and a stronger confidence in their performance abilities. Arts Odyssey culminates in a demonstration of student work for parents and family. Students apply during 7th and 8th grade and must be a South Carolina resident to apply.

Academy Program
Rising 10th-Graders
July 11 - 24, 2021

The Summer Academy Music Program is an intensive two-week training program for rising tenth-grade students interested in improving their skills and knowledge in preparation for advanced study in the field of music. The comprehensive curriculum includes private lessons on individual instruments, master classes, and chamber music, as well as classes in music theory, music history, and conducting. The Summer Academy Music Program faculty brings to the school a vast range of experience in performance, teaching and scholarship. These dedicated artists and teachers are committed to the pursuit of their own work while imparting to the students their knowledge, technique, professionalism and experience. Students apply during 9th grade and must be a South Carolina resident to apply.

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Academy Application

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First Application Deadline: $25 application fee automatically waived if application form is submitted by November 30, 2020

Final Application Deadline: January 6, 2021

Components for Online Application Process

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Music Experience
   
Classes & Training
    Music Teachers

Art Area Recommendation

Academic Recommendation

Current Report Card

Current Attendance Record

Audition Video *see Academy Audition tab*

Talented 9th grade instrumentalists may apply for both the Academy program and the Instrumental Early Admission (IEA) program as part of the Residential High School. Learn more on our Music page, under "Application."

Arts Odyssey Application

Apply Now!

Final Application & Video Submission Deadline: December 11, 2020

Components for Online Application Process

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Music Experience
   
Classes & Training
    Music Teachers

Art Area Recommendation

Current Report Card

Academy Audition

The Academy Music Auditions will be held virtually this year.

Submit a 5-8 minute Audition Video (see details below for each instrument family). This video must be submitted by January 22, 2021.

Audition Video & Submission Guidelines

Brass & Woodwinds Video Guidelines

Concert Harp Video Guidelines (coming soon)

Percussion Video Guidelines

Piano Video Guidelines

Strings Video Guidelines

Voice Video Guidelines

Video Submission Guidelines

Arts Odyssey Video Requirement

As part of the application process, all Arts Odyssey Music applicants must submit an application video (5-10 minutes) that includes the specific components below. 

The Application Video must be submitted by the Arts Odyssey Deadline on December 11, 2020. Click here for Video Submission Guidelines.

Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) 

Solo(s): Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). These may be movements of pieces or one of the selections may be the All-State etude.

Scales: Perform a full-range chromatic scale and two (2) major scales that demonstrate range, tone and rhythm.

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"

Concert Harp

Solo(s): Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). Consider ASTA String Syllabus Vol. 2 for suggestions, if necessary. 

Scales: Play two (2) scales of your choice in a range appropriate for the instrument to demonstrate tone, technique and rhythm.

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"

Percussion (Snare, Mallets, Timpani)

Choose one of the three percussion instruments listed below for the performance video:

Snare: Perform one solo/etude (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos/etudes (1-2 minutes in length).  These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude. Demonstrate three rudiments from the 13 Essential Rudiments from the National Association of Rudimental Drummers.

Mallets: Perform one solo/etude (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos/etudes (1-2 minutes in length).  These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude. Perform a full-range chromatic scale and two (2) major scales that demonstrate range, tone, and rhythm.

Timpani: Perform one solo/etude (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos/etudes (1-2 minutes in length).  These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude. Be prepared to demonstrate tunings of standard intervals, ie. perfect 4th, perfect 5th, and octave.

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"

Piano

Solo(s): Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). Examples of ideal audition pieces are:

  • An Invention or Prelude and Fugue by J. S. Bach 
  • A sonata or sonatina movement by a Classical composer such as Clementi, Haydn, or Mozart
  • A character piece by a Romantic composer such as Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, or Grieg
  • Any modern composition

Scales: Play 2 major scales of your choice, two octaves, hands together.

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass) 

Solo(s): Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). These may be movements of pieces or a selection from the Region Orchestra audition material.

Scales: Play one major and one melodic minor scale (two or three octaves, as appropriate).

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"

Voice

Solo: Perform (sing) one unaccompanied folk song, patriotic song, or religious song in a comfortable range that best shows the character and quality of your voice.

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"  

Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon)

Solo(s): Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude.

Scales: Perform a full-range chromatic scale and two (2) major scales that demonstrate range, tone and rhythm.

Interview Question: Answer the question "What interests you about attending the Odyssey Summer Music Program?"