Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University reaches out to the community by offering various special programs throughout the year and during the summer.

Church Music Institute – Summer Organ Academy

This summer the Church Music Institute concentrates on developing keyboard skills necessary for the work of the organist, supplemented by the historical study of organ design, literature, and performance practice. Coursework includes hymn and service playing; figured bass realization and keyboard harmony; open-score reading and choral accompaniment. The art of improvisation is taught by internationally acclaimed artists: Maurice Clerc leads an intensive study of Improvisation in the French Manner, and Bruce Neswick unfolds the intricacies of Liturgical Improvisation. Daily Offices (Morning & Evening Prayer), Organ Vespers, Choral Evensong, and a Hymn Festival round out the program.

The Summer Organ Academy is an adjunct of the Church Music Institute designed for high school students interested in exploring the organ and considering study at the college level. Students receive individual and group instruction in a variety of performance-related topics, introducing them to the work and the world of the organist and church musician.

National Flute Workshop

The National Flute Workshop offers intensive musical training on flute. The workshop will build students’ confidence both musically and personally. Students will perform daily, focus on building good fundamentals, and learn to play musically within a chamber group. The workshop provides an opportunity for students to experience great training (beginner to professional aspirations).

Instrumental Conducting Symposium

All participants will conduct both chamber and full ensemble repertoire. Daily conducting session will consist of hands-on feedback from the clinicians as well as video review feedback. The week is designed to further develop your conducting skills as well as add new thoughts and techniques to you everyday work.

We believe in a strong sense of camaraderie and care for your fellow musicians. There will be many opportunities to meet new people for different areas and share ideas with each other over the course of the week. Social activities are an integral part of your time here as well!

Participants and observers will take part in clinics on a wide range of topics, including discussions on score study, rehearsal techniques (including observations), wind literature, working with composers, effective teaching methods from the podium, and many others.

» Instrumental Conducting Symposium Course Information


The National Jazz Workshop

The National Jazz Workshop sets a new standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about learning and mastering the language of the definitive American art form, Jazz. Held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, the National Jazz Workshop offers an intensive, fully comprehensive curriculum for jazz studies to include improvisation, big band and small-group performance, composition, arranging, music recording and production, and instrumental master classes. This workshop is inspired by the legendary Stan Kenton Jazz Camp model, first held in 1959 at Indiana University, where, as Kenton would say, students would “take a bath in jazz.” …Continue reading →

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The Contempopary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Shenandoah University’s CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute was created to meet the demand for training grounded in voice science, voice medicine, and tested methods of contemporary commercial music (CCM) vocal pedagogy. We continue to be the first and only institution to include courses in CCM vocal pedagogy for academic credit in a graduate degree program. The best and the brightest voice professionals from all vocal disciplines worldwide, have been drawn to the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute for the past seven summers and have high praise for its worthiness … Continue reading →


Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre

Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre was founded by its Producing Artistic Director, Harold Herman. He wanted to provide affordable family entertainment in the community of Winchester/Frederick County as well as give Shenandoah Musical Theatre students more opportunities to perform, before venturing out to pursue their own careers. SSMT produces four Broadway musicals each summer in the beautiful 630-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Thirteen performances are given of each musical over a two-week period drawing audiences from a 150-mile radius with groups traveling in from as far away as Ohio and North Carolina … Continue reading →


Virginia Music Educators Association

Shenandoah Conservatory will offer academic credit in conjunction with the VMEA In-Service Conference. Up to three credits – offered concurrently in three individual courses of one credit each – may be earned at the undergraduate or graduate level. Credits may be used for certificate/licensure renewal or can be applied to degree programs … Continue reading

Workshops in Music Education 

This summer we offer three workshops: