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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 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 three unique program tracks: Classical Music, Bluegrass Studies, and Composition / Songwriting. In addition to the rich curriculum involved in each Track, students will also choose two musical electives from a wide array of options, which in the past have included improvisation, electronics and looping, supplemental theory, folk music, and composition classes. Proficiency level and socioeconomic 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 hold degrees from 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 and counselors 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 Coda Talks 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.

2018 Summer Music Festival Tracks

Classical

Our largest musical track, the Classical 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 our amazing artistic faculty, who will be their coaches, guides, and mentors for the duration of the camp. In addition, Classical students will be placed into our residential Coda Chamber Orchestra, which will prepare a number of orchestral works to perform on the final Student Concert. Classical 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
  • Coda Fusion
  • Best for students who play classical instruments

Composition / Songwriting

Led by the festival’s composer-in-residence, Zack Stanton, composition students will take private lessons, analyze great classical and film music, and will even hear their own compositions come to life. Masterclasses and electives will explore the diverse music of numerous composers. 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 many American songwriters. 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
  • Coda Fusion
  • Best for students who want to focus on learning more about composition and songwriting

Bluegrass

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
  • Coda Fusion
  • Best for students who want to focus on Bluegrass music

*Program activities are tailored to accommodate all ability levels. Coda faculty are happy to provide a unique experience for students based on their skill level and needs. 

*Online applications are now live!

Click to see photos of Coda Summer Music Festival.

Festival dates:

July 22 – August 4, 2018

Ages:

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

Location:

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

Application and Tuition Details:
EARLY BIRD RATE:

Applications received on or before March 1, 2018:
NO application fee
$1250 tuition

Applications received on or before May 1, 2018:
NO application fee
$1450 tuition

Applications received after May 1, 2018:
$10 late application fee
$1450 tuition

Applications will be posted on the website on Monday, January 15, 2018.

All application fees are non-refundable and must be received with late 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 June 10, 2018 is required to reserve enrollment placement.

Full tuition balance due no later than July 22, 2018Students will not be permitted to begin camp unless tuition has been paid in full.

Sample of Daily Schedule

8:00 Eurhythmics

8:30 Breakfast

9:15 Large Ensemble / Group Class

10:15 Lessons* / Personal Practice / Rehearsal

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Break

1:15 Chamber Music / Theory / Performance Classes

3:45 Electives

5:00 Coda Fusion

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Personal Practice / Rehearsal / Free time

8:00 Coda Talks

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.