High School Classical Guitar Summer Program

Kick off your summer with an intensive, 3-week study of the classical guitar. You’ll work with world-class faculty, challenge yourself with exciting solo and ensemble repertoire, and explore the nuts-and- bolts of guitar technique.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 22, 2019 to July 13, 2019
Tuition: $6,015
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

We are no longer accepting applications for this summer 2019 program.

Guitar Techniques explores the tools that are commonly utilized by modern classical guitarists. You'll work on developing accuracy and speed through the study of scales, chords, arpeggios, slurs, rasgueados, and much more.

Guitar Ensemble is an opportunity to study and perform chamber music for the guitar in small and large ensemble settings. You'll develop critical skills for playing in group settings such as collaborative interpretations, rhythm, and sight- reading.

Classical Guitar A/V Club is a music appreciation course, but with the guitar front and center. You’ll watch, listen to, and discuss some of the greatest moments in the history of classical guitar, and discover a few hard-to- find gems that are exclusive to Interlochen's Bonisteel Library.

Fretboard Harmony applies music theory and ear training concepts to the guitar. You’ll develop an understanding of intervals, chords, inversions, and how to apply that knowledge in a practical way on the instrument.

Private lessons and dedicated practice time will also be incorporated into the course schedule.


Audition Requirements

Video file #1:
A single movement of a solo concert work from the Baroque, Classical/Romantic, or Modern stylistic eras.

Video file #2:
An etude from the list below:

  • Leo Brouwer, 20 Estudios Sencillos
  • Mateo Carcassi, 25 Etudes, Op. 60
  • Fernando Sor, 20 Studies (Segovia edition)

Video file #3:
Perform a 2-octave major scale (ascending and descending) with i-m alternations, rest stroke or free stroke

Additional Opportunities


Dr. Matthew Cochran

Instructor of Guitar, Interlochen Arts Academy, Instructor of Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts Camp

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