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Summer Music Festival

Kendra Ramsey & Jacob Bumgarner (1)

The Summer Music Festival is an intensive, two-week residential music program in Fayetteville, West Virginia. During the festival, each day is jam-packed with chamber music, private lessons, workshops, large ensemble, master classes, Dalcroze eurhythmics, and more. Hardly an hour goes by without hearing some luscious melody or some technique passages wafting through the fresh mountain air. If you are ages 12 - 23, already have some experience on your instrument, and want to greatly enhance your musical training, then Coda is where you need to be!

What sets Coda’s Summer Music Festival apart is its diversity. This year, we are offering five amazing and unique program tracks: Comprehensive Ensemble, Advanced Chamber Music, Intensive Study Program, Composition / Songwriting, and Bluegrass (see below for more details). In addition to the rich curriculum involved in each Track, students will also choose two musical electives from a wide array of options including improvisation, electronics and looping, supplemental theory, folk music, and composition classes. Proficiency level and socio-economic status among students hinder no one. Students of all skill levels are able to bond, collaborate, and be sufficiently challenged in their musical pursuits.

Our incredible faculty for the Summer Music Festival are graduates of top music schools and conservatories throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Northwestern University, among others. Students at Coda receive the highest in professional training within a nurturing and encouraging environment, rivaled by few other music programs. The faculty are not only committed to cultivating a healthy atmosphere of musical excellence, but also to upholding Coda's true mission – to help students grow into the men and women they were meant to become. 

We recognize that the skills and disciplines employed in musical education can be applied to all aspects of daily life. With this in mind, we have developed the program specifically to present students with many opportunities to develop crucial social, mental, and personal life skills. Our faculty, staff, and counselor team will assist students with their musical studies as well as daily life at camp, such as creating and maintaining a personal schedule, organizing a chamber music rehearsal, or setting healthy goals. One cannot truly become an artist without taking care to enrich the body, mind, soul, and spirit. The Summer Music Festival upholds Christian morals and principles of character and within that context we challenge students to cultivate integrity, discipline, and positive self-image, and to find their true purpose and meaning in life. Group discussions and optional devotions are a part of the daily schedule, providing a safe environment to wrestle with these values and ideals.

On top of all that, students will get to explore West Virginia's breathtaking outdoors. There are always one or two recreational outings for students and faculty alike, such as hikes in the New River Gorge, ropes courses, zip-lining, and more. There is also no shortage of daily walks, frisbee games, or your run-of-the-mill four-square tournament. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there will be three to four concerts featuring our talented faculty, as well as a large student concert gala to finish off the festival with a bang. All concerts are free and open to the public, and greatly celebrated within the Fayette County community.

Make the most of your summer and embark on the adventure of a lifetime with us at Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival. Be exceptional. Emerge better, not just as a brilliant artist, but as a vital citizen of your community, a pioneering leader, and a responsible and confident individual.

Comprehensive Ensemble

Our largest musical track, the Comprehensive Ensemble program, provides classical music students with a broad and well-rounded musical experience. Students will be placed into chamber groups, small ensembles of three to six performers, which rehearse together every day. Each group will be led by one of our amazing artistic faculty, who will be their coach, guide, and mentor for the duration of the camp. In addition, Comprehensive Ensemble students will be placed into our residential Coda Chamber Orchestra, which will prepare a number of orchestral works to perform on the final Student Gala Concert. Comprehensive Ensemble students will have the opportunity to participate in the other essential musical courses such as Eurhythmics, electives, and masterclass, all of which push the boundaries of their musical breadth and expertise.

  • Eurythmics
  • orchestra
  • private lessons
  • electives
  • chamber music
  • choir
  • best for students who have a good amount of proficiency and experience on their instruments

Advanced Chamber Music

The Advanced Chamber Music program is ideal for pre-formed chamber groups or advanced high school or college age students who wish to spend a focused two weeks dedicated to small ensemble work. If you are part of a chamber group that wants to compete, perform, and learn more about what a career as a chamber musician entails, this is the track for you. Advanced Chamber Music students will participate in track specific masterclasses and workshops geared toward training students how to listen intently and communicate through music, expand their knowledge of chamber music repertoire, commission new music, and navigate professional ensemble work and residencies. Students who do not have a pre-formed group may have the opportunity to be placed into a chamber group where the faculty coaches will be participating and performing as fellow chamber musicians. This unique setup gives students a first-hand experience of the inner workings of a professional chamber group, preparing them for a life pursuing a musical career. Specific audition material required; see audition guidelines.

  • Eurythmics
  • orchestra
  • private lessons
  • electives
  • chamber music with faculty members
  • choir
  • best for high school / college age students who are proficient on their instruments 

Intensive Study Program (ISP)

New this year, the instrumental Intensive Study Program (ISP) is a specialized immersion program designed for students who wish to dedicate their time at Coda solely to honing their individual musical skills. In place of ensemble experience, students will instead develop technique, practice skills, and musicianship. This program is ideal for students who wish to expand their knowledge of instrument fundamentals and music theory or for advanced students who wish to engage in focused practice time in preparation for auditions, recitals, or competitions. Outside of individual studies, ISP students will participate in group masterclass time as well as special workshops in various topics such as orchestral excerpts, practice techniques, chamber music skills, and career development.

  • Eurythmics
  • ISP masterclass
  • private lessons
  • electives
  • group chamber music and practice time
  • choir
  • best for students who want to focus on honing their technique and skills on their instruments

Composition / Songwriting

Led by the festival’s composer-in-residence, Josh Rodriguez, in this intensive 2-week program, composition students will take private lessons, analyze great classical and film music, and will even hear their music come to life through one of Coda’s chamber groups. Masterclasses and electives will explore the diverse music of Maurice Ravel, John Williams, Alberto Ginastera, and Bernard Herrmann. Additionally, for musicians interested in studying composition in college, guidance will be provided in preparing strong portfolios. This track is designed to strengthen a student’s understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre; to learn orchestration through analysis; and to finish writing a short work for performance at the music festival.

Songwriting students will hone their skills also through private lessons, analysis of great songs, and performing their music. Masterclasses and electives will explore the music of American songwriters Bob Dylan, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Taylor Swift, and British songwriters Bono (U2) and Chris Martin (Coldplay). This course is designed to help songwriters learn to combine thoughtful, engaging lyrics with creative, emotionally-arresting music; to focus song arrangements and accompanimental orchestrations; and to create a demo recording of your best song(s).

  • Eurythmics
  • orchestra
  • composition class
  • private lessons (in composition)
  • electives
  • composing time
  • choir
  • best for students who want to focus on learning more about composition and songwriting


A staple at the Summer Music Festival, the bluegrass program feels like home to folk musicians who are constantly craving a jam session! This program is open to any student (from beginning to advanced) who plays the fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, or bass, and focuses on the ins and outs of bluegrass and folk music. Students will play in large jam sessions as well as in smaller, more intimate settings. Faculty members will work with students on chart reading, rhythm, new tunes, rehearsal techniques, and overall musicianship. Students in the Bluegrass program will likely perform off campus within the surrounding Fayette County community.

  • Eurythmics
  • Bluegrass ensembles
  • private lessons
  • electives
  • choir
  • best for students who want to focus on Bluegrass music

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Festival dates:

July 23 – August 5, 2017


12 - 23. Exceptions will be considered on case-by-case basis.


New River Ranch
1301 New River Ranch Road
Fayetteville, WV 25840

Application and Tuition Details:

Applications received on or before March 1, 2017:
$20 application fee
$1250 tuition

Applications received on or before April 8, 2017:
$30 application fee
$1400 tuition

Applications received on or after May 4, 2017:
$40 application fee
$1400 tuition

SLOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE - please contact us at smf@codamountain.com or 216.200.9143 if you are interested in applying!

All application fees are non-refundable and must be received with application.

Scholarships available.

Students ages 18 or older may apply for a counselor position. If selected, counselors will be granted free tuition, room, and board. 

Upon notice of acceptance, a deposit of $150 due by May 25, 2017 is required to reserve enrollment placement.

Full tuition balance due no later than July 23Students will not be permitted to begin camp unless tuition has been paid in full.

Sample of Daily Schedule

8:00 Eurhythmics
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Orchestra / ISP Masterclass
10:30 Lessons* / Personal Practice / Rehearsal
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Electives
2:00 Lessons / Personal Practice / Rehearsal
(3:00 Cafe Hour / Break)
4:00 Chamber Music Coaching
5:15 Choir
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Small Group Discussions / Devotions
8:15 Personal Practice / Rehearsal / Free time
10:00 Curfew
11:00 Lights Out

*Each student will have two private lessons per week, though they may arrange more if they wish, pending teacher availability and approval. The lesson time in the schedule is otherwise occupied by personal practice.

**Over the years, many local businesses and churches have shown great support to Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival by providing volunteers, food preparation, facilities, and more. In order to show our appreciation and thanks, faculty and students at Coda visit these area churches on Sunday mornings during the camp. Faculty and students often perform at these services. This provides an opportunity for students to perform and hear their teachers play, and is a great way for the entire camp to show their gratitude for the support the community has given to Coda. If for some reason you prefer that your child NOT attend church on Sunday morning, July 30, please send an email to smf@codamountain.com to request a waiver form.