Music – Summer Playing Opportunities

We know our students are often very busy during the summer with internships and family vacations and, most bands and orchestras do not meet in the summer. However, there are other opportunities to play. Here are some; some of these programs require applications to be filed by early March, some even earlier, so if at all interested, investigate now. However, if you’d like to find local places to refine, or continue to play your instrument or learn a new one here are some alternatives:

For Students/Kids of all ages:
OUSD Jazz Camp: HTTPS://WWW.OUSD.ORG/PAGE/16003
and
Cazadero Music Camp: Orchestra, Band, and Jazz – mid June through late August: HTTP://WWW.CAZADERO.ORG

and
Laney Summer Music Programhttp://laneysummermusic.com
Meets on the college campus at the Laney College Music Department and the Laney Theater are back to back and all large rehearsals will take place right on the stage that the performances will occur.
Laney Jazz Intensive: (all instruments)- Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 25th, 2020
Wind Ensemble: (wind instruments)-TBD
String Orchestra: (string instruments)-TBD
Laney Summer Music Programhttp://laneysummermusic.com
Meets on the college campus at the Laney College Music Department and the Laney Theater are back to back and all large rehearsals will take place right on the stage that the performances will occur.
Laney Jazz Intensive: (all instruments)- Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 25th, 2020
Wind Ensemble: (wind instruments)-TBD
String Orchestra: (string instruments)-TBD

For all musicians:
A five day Chamber Music Workshop is in Berkeley at the Crowden School, July 29-August 2 https://www.crowden.org/community-education/summer-programs

Three week-long CSU Humboldt Chamber Music Workshops – starting June 28, July 5, and July 12: http://bit.ly/2Szfs8E

A week-long Ashland (Oregon) Chamber Music Workshop – starting July 12. https://inside.sou.edu/acmw/index.html (Same time & town as the Shakespeare Festival)

Two week-long California Capital (CSU Sacramento) Chamber Music Workshops – starting July 26 and August 2. http://www.calcapcmw.org/

The Community Women’s Orchestra in Oakland for several years has run sight reading sessions for full orchestra during the summer. Check their web site as summer approaches for details. The 2019 schedule and repertoire are here: https://www.communitywomensorchestra.org/osro

For Brass there are the two week-long Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshops, starting July 19 and again July 26: http://www.humboldt.edu/brass/

Additionally, the Amateur Chamber Music Network has an online guide for playing opportunities, not only for chamber music, (double reeds, clarinets, flutes, French horns, strings and piano) but also for other genres: jazz, classical, folk, vocal, etc.: https://acmp.net/find-workshops

And check the Amateur Music Network’s listings for music opportunities as summer approaches: https://amateurmusic.org/

For Concert Wind Bands
I know of three local Community Bands that meet during the summer:
– The Urquhart Memorial Concert Band, Wednesday nights in Oakland: http://www.urquhartband.org
– The Walnut Creek Concert Band, Tuesday nights in Lafayette: http://walnutcreekband.org/
– The Diablo Regional Concert Band, Thursdays nights in Martinez: https://www.diabloregionalconcertband.com/

The Find-A-(Concert) Band Directory, published by the Association of Concert Bands, locates concert bands and is here: http://bit.ly/2uTtsRE It can be searched by zip, e.g.

For Jazz
A week-long Jazz Camp West for kids and adults in La Honda, CA, June 20: http://www.jazzcampwest.com/

Stanford Jazz Institute offers various programs throughout the summer; kids’ program are also available, starting July 6 thru the end of July: https://stanfordjazz.org/programs/summer-programs/

It’s not clear when the UC San Diego Jazz Camp will run this year: http://jazzcamp.ucsd.edu/

The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley offers summer workshops for kids and adults; schedule not yet available: https://cjc.edu/workshops/

Similarly, San Francisco Jazz: https://www.sfjazz.org/education/classes-and-workshops

Downbeat magazine’s March (paper) issue lists jazz workshop opportunities: https://downbeat.com/magazine