Erik Shinn

Administrator ~ Trombonist ~ Educator

Summer Trombone Events

This database was developed as a tool for my students to easily browse options for summer performance and study on the trombone while eliminating string-only or chamber-orchestra listings shown on other festival listings.  My research primarily focused on events in the United States and Canada.  If you know of an event you feel should be added or know of additional information for one of the listed events, please feel free to contact me.  Because of the sheer number of high-school-only programs, this page will only list programs that accept collegiate students as at least part of their enrollment.

Each entry provides several key pieces of information about the event.

Name of Event - Click to visit the event's website (Location)

  • Listing of the most recently posted faculty - Other faculty may also be present, or visit for a portion of the event. "N/A" denotes no permanent faculty / "Various" denotes that the faculty changes annually and may not yet be listed

  • An approximate application deadline - See the event's website for an exact date

  • Time frame - Approximately how long the event lasts and what time during the summer it takes place. Again, check the festival website for exact dates.


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Orchestral Festivals and Institutes

Aspen Music Festival
Photo Credit: Janica Quach

Artosphere Festival (Fayetteville, AR)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: Rolling starting January 1

  • Two Weeks: Mid June – Late June

Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, CO)

Brevard Music Center Institute
Photo Credit: Dan Satterwhite

Atlantic Music Festival (Waterville, ME)

Castleton Music Festival
Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun Staff

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: Early January

  • Four Weeks: Early July – Early August

Brevard Music Center Institute (Brevard, NC)

Castleton Festival (Castleton, VA) [Primarily Opera]

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: Late December

  • Six Weeks: Early June – Mid July

Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY)

Eastern Music Festival
Photo Credit: John Lambert

Colorado College Summer Music Festival (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • Faculty: John Rojak (bass)

  • Application Deadline: Mid February

  • Three Weeks: Early June – Late June

Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC)

  • Faculty: Gregory Cox, Michael Kris (bass)

  • Application Deadline: Early January – Early March

  • Five Weeks: Late June – Late July

Festival Napa Valley Music Academy (Napa, CA)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: Mid April

  • Two Weeks: Mid July - Late July

Lake George Music Festival
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FOOSA (Fresno, CA)

  • Faculty: Luis Fred

  • Application Deadline: Mid February

  • Two Weeks: Mid June - Late June

Hot Springs Music Festival (Hot Springs, AR)

  • Faculty: James Decker

  • Application Deadline: Mid March

  • Two Weeks: Early June – Mid June

Miami Summer Music Festival
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Lake George Music Festival (Lake George, NY)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: March 1 (rolling)

  • One Week: Mid August

Marrowstone Music Festival (Belingham, WA)

  • Faculty: Joseph Rodriguez

  • Application Deadline: Mid April

  • Two Weeks: Late July – Early August

Music Academy of the West
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Miami Summer Music Festival (Miami, FL)

  • Faculty: Nick Platoff

  • Application Deadline: Early March

  • Four Weeks: Early June - Early July

National Music Festival
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National Orchestral Institute and Festival
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Music House International
(Philadelphia, PA)

National Repertory Orchestra
Photo Credit: Jeff Zahos

National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD)

  • Faculty: Michael Kris

  • Application Deadline: Mid March

  • Two Weeks: Early June - Mid June

National Orchestral Institute and Festival (College Park, MD)

National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: ?

  • Eight Weeks: Early June – Early August

National Symphony Orchestra: Summer Music Institute (Washington D.C.)

Pierre Monteux School
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Spoleto Festival USA
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Round Top Music Festival Institute
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Northwest Orchestra Institute (Ellensburg, WA)

  • Faculty: John Neurohr

  • Application Deadline: Early June

  • One Week: Late August

The Pierre Monteux School (Hancock, ME)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: Mid February

  • Six Weeks: Mid June – Late July

Round Top Music Festival Institute (Round Top, TX)

Tanglewood Music Center
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Texas Music Festival
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Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Sewanee, TN)

  • Faculty: Joshua Bynum

  • Application Deadline: Late January – Early February

  • Four Weeks: Mid June – Mid July

Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, SC)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: ?

  • Four Weeks: Mid May – Early June

Taneycomo Festival Orchestra (Branson, MO)

  • Faculty: N/A

  • Application Deadline: ?

  • Two Weeks: Mid June - Late June

Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, MA)

  • Faculty: Toby Oft

  • Application Deadline: Mid January

  • Eight Weeks: Late June – Mid August

Texas Music Festival (Houston, TX)

Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler (Whistler, British Columbia, Canada)