Youth Summer Arts Programs in Rhode Island

Thursday is the official start of Summer but it’s pretty much here! In my area this is the last week of school for many kids. That means if you haven’t already registered the kids for any summer programs, you’re running out of time. ahh, panic!!! Now that I have an eager and willing eight year old I’m really thankful there are summer camps for a huge variety of themes for him to experience, including arts-related camps. I searched around and found these music and arts camps in Rhode Island. If you’re looking for something for your kids and teens, see if any of these may be a good fit for them.

(As with every summer camp or program, these things are pricey. You’ll need to plan and budget for them but it’s also worth checking if any program offers financial aid or payment plans.)

The University of Rhode Island offers three great programs-

String Camp is a day camp running from July 9th through the 14th for students in grades 3-12 who play bowed string instruments. Students will participate in string orchestra, small chamber ensembles, music history and theory classes, workshops, evening concerts and activities, as well as guest performances.
Residential Students: $875
Commuter Students: $600
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Chamber Music Intensive runs July 15- 21st at the URI Kingston campus. This is geared towards woodwind, brass, piano, and percussion students who have completed the 7th through 12th grade. The courses offered are (but not limited to) Solo Coaching, Chamber Ensembles, Masterclasses, Music Theory & Aural Skills, Sectional Rehearsals, Composition, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Class, Private Lessons, and interactive workshops taught by faculty and guest artists.
Residential Students: $925
Commuter Students: $700
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Jazz Camp is offered by Salve Regina and URI at Newport from July 22 to 28. Students ages 14 to 18 can meet new people, learn from experienced music professors and discover the depths of their talent through their classes and rehearsals. The camp will feature daily jazz combo and big band rehearsals, master classes, jam sessions, theory courses and sightseeing in historic Newport, R.I. Students receive a ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival (that’s a GREAT perk for the registration price in my opinion, heyyyy).
Overnight camp: $1,150
Commuter: $650
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Mt. St. Charles Fine Arts Summer Camp occurs July 16-27 in Woonsocket as a day camp.  The Intermediate Camp is for boys and girls who are currently in grades 4 to 6. The Secondary Camp is for students who are currently in grades 7 to 9. Their programs will introduce young people to the fun and excitement of the Fine Arts. Campers create schedules of 6 daily classes, choosing from over 100 courses that include but are not limited to: art, drama, dance, and music as well as languages, photography, magic, sound recording, and many more.
Tuition: $370
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Jump! Dance Academy takes place for three sessions- August 6-10, August 13-17, and August 20-24 in the East Side of Providence in indoor and outdoor settings. Campers study a variety of dance techniques, including Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and Choreography.  In addition, campers learn a song and dance from a musical comedy.
Half Day option: $175
Full Day option: $250
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Arts Camp at Linden Place Mansion in Bristol offers two one-week sessions-  July 9-13 and July 16-20. This weekday creative camp, for ages 6-12, takes place on the historic grounds of Linden Place Mansion. Each day is packed with creative fun from 9:00am to 2:45pm as campers participate in a variety of activities from costume making, games on the Linden Place grounds, creating and acting out skits, dancing, arts and crafts, to writing and singing music. Each one-week session is centered on a different theme and ends with a performance staged by campers for friends and family to enjoy.
Museum Member camper: $200
Museum Non-member camper: $225
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Theater Summer Camp at The Colonial Theater in Westerly goes from August 20th- August 24th and explores everything Shakespeare for students ages 7 to 18.
Price: $100 (10am-4pm for the week)
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Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield hosts plenty of camps and classes for children and adults. Please check them out!

Chorus Camp hosted by the Chorus of Westerly occurs August 11 – 17, 2018 (it’s always a week in August so keep that in mind) and is open to all children and teenagers (8 and up) of the Chorus of Westerly. The camp, an overnight camp, is held at Ogontz Camp and Event Center in Lyman, New Hampshire. Chorus children have been going to camp for every year of the organization’s existence and to Ogontz specifically since 1966. (I’ve attended their adult choral workshop that occurs in July and the whole place is a wonderful place to rest and explore for all ages.)
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If your child is a student of Community MusicWorks, they offer a camp program organized by a former fellow and staff member. Activities include youth development games, music-making, and performance.
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