Chamber Music High School Institute

Each summer Alfred University welcomes high school students from all over the country to participate in exciting summer camps. These programs offer a great opportunity to learn, sample life on a college campus and to meet other students with similar talents and interests.

The Program

The Summer Chamber Music Institute is a week-long overnight camp for String Players, Pianists, and Guitarists entering grades 9-12. Students have the opportunity to interact with world-class musicians and music educators. Our goal is to provide positive and creative experiences for musical and personal growth for every student, while having a great time at our beautiful Upstate NY campus.

Miller BuildingThe Miller Performing Arts Center

In this camp, students will be exposed to and participate in daily chamber music coaching, private lessons focused on mastering assigned chamber music repertoire, Masterclasses, Faculty Recitals, and a Student Chamber Music Performance on the last day for family and friends. Students have an opportunity to work on technique and explore various styles of chamber music playing.

Auditions are not required to be admitted, however all students should have a minimum of 3 full years of experience on their primary instrument. We do not accept beginners. You will discover new challenges to further your growth as a musician and make new friends during an incredible week of music at the Summer Chamber Music Institute at Alfred University.


If you are a member of a district, county or section honor group, you will receive a $50 discount off the cost of the program. Members of all-state honor groups (all-state orchestra) will receive $100 off the cost of the program. Only one discount available (participant cannot request both)

To redeem your discount you must submit a photocopy of the current school year honor group program with your name listed. All discounts are subject to verification.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available.


When not in classes, campers have lots of fun participating in a variety of recreational activities. Planned activities include indoor and outdoor games, hikes and movies, possible planned trips to the Equestrian Center, Foster Lake, and social gatherings at a local coffee house. There is also a farewell party on the last night of camp. Admissions interviews and campus tours can be arranged with the Admissions office by appointment (607-871-2115) on the last day of camp. Living, dining and learning together, campers have a great opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships.

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Tuition, Room & Board


This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, recreational activities, housing and meals. Students stay in the University’s residence halls dedicated to summer campers. Campers are required to provide their own pillows, blankets and bed linens (to fit an extra-long twin mattress). Should the camper need, linens can be provided for an additional cost and you MUST let us know by June 1 for arrangements. Cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall.

Commuter Rate for Local Students - TBD
This covers tuition, daytime classes, program materials and lunch only. Commuting students must check-in at registration on Sunday and must arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday through Friday. They must be picked up by 5 PM each day with the exception of Friday when pick-up time is 1 PM (after lunch).

How To Apply

Information about applying for this camp will be available soon. Please check back!


  • Complete the online application. Registration opens February 1.
  • Submit the $100 deposit at time of application – due May 1.
  • Provide a one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend (in your own words and signed).
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from Orchestra and/or private instructor on their letterhead.

We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link: (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

A deposit of $100 is required at the time of applying. Applications will not be considered if the deposit is not paid by the May 1 deadline. The remaining balance is due by June 1. Late applications will only be considered if space is available.

Acceptance Policies:

The Camp Director will review all applications after the May 1 deadline and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notifications will be provide to applicants by the middle of May via email. If you require an earlier decision, please contact the office of Summer Programs. Once final decisions have been made, accepted campers will receive notification of acceptance along with information and dates on what is required for attendance. Questions can be directed to the Office of Summer Programs, 607-871-2612 or

Student Cancellations:

Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for cancellations received June 2-10. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after June 10.

For further information, please contact:
Alfred University – Office of Summer Programs
1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802
Phone: 607-871-2612 Fax: 607-871-2045
Email Summer Programs

Instructional Faculty

Lisa E. Lantz

Lisa Lantz, Violin, Artistic Director

Dr. Lisa Lantz is a Professor of Music, the Music Department Head, and Conductor of the Alfred University Orchestra. She studied many years with the late great virtuoso violinist, Ruggiero Ricci and for over a decade, participated in European master classes with internationally renowned artists Aaron Rosand and Nathan Milstein. In addition to teaching full time, Dr. Lantz is an active violinist, and conductor with concerts that have taken place both in the United States, as well as in Europe. She is the Music Director and Founder of the Alfred University Junior String Program, now in its 22nd year. She continually demonstrates her love of teaching young musicians through her various string clinics, workshops and conducting engagements from elementary to high schools around the country.

Lucy Mauro

Lucy Mauro, Piano
Lucy Mauro’s recent recordings for Delos have been hailed in Gramophone, awarded a Recording of the Year 2011 by MusicWeb International, calling it “the revelation of the year,” and featured on iTunes in their New and Noteworthy among other recognitions. The Journal of Singing calls Ms. Mauro “a perfect partner, whether called upon for thundering power or the tenderest whisper” and MusicWeb International said her “delicate touch and flawless technique give us a luminous sound of great beauty.”

Ken Luk

Ken Luk, Director of Guitar
Ken is an Adjunct Professor of Music with Alfred University’s Performing Arts Division. As a guitarist, teacher, and an arranger, Ken Luk actively performs in different solo and chamber music settings. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ken studied with Dr. Nicholas Goluses and earned his Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. Ken is an avid arranger of the guitar, and was a finalist in the Roland Dyens Arranging International Competition 2017. He frequently performs music of Brazil, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe, and loves to teach mandolin as well as guitar.

Guest instructors include:

  • Noemi Miloradovic, Violin: Noemi is a member of Symphoria, Assistant Concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic and violin professor at Binghamton University.
  • Isoa Chapman, Violin/Viola: Isoa is originally from New Zealand with a Master’s Degree at the IWMC in Ireland and his Doctorate from Michigan State University. He has worked alongside of CalArts violinist Mark Menzies and collaborated with composer, Cesar Potes at the NYC Electroacoustic Festival.
  • Debrah Devine, Violin: Debrah studied Violin Performance at SUNY Fredonia and CUNY Brooklyn College and currently serves as Principal Second Violin at the MostArts Festival, Alfred, NY. As a chamber musician, she has performed the Star Trio and in other small ensembles. She is also conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble in Oneonta, NY.
  • Sibora Miloradovic, Cello: Sibora was born in Belgrade, Serbia and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a soloist, she performed with the Santo Domingo National Orchestra along with her twin sister Noemi, with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra. She is an accomplished chamber music musician and serves as assistant principal in the MostArts Festival Orchestra, Alfred, NY.
  • Spencer Phillips, Bass: Spencer is highly sought after as both an orchestral bassist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. He recently had performance engagements with a US tour and Munich Symphoniker, along with performances with the Michigan Opera Theater, International Chamber Orchestra (soloist) as well as recording the complete Beethoven Symphonies with Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadian, under Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

After the May 1 deadline, the Camp Director will review all completed applications and determine which campers are accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided via email by the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. Applications received after the May 1 deadline will be considered as space allows.

Once campers are accepted they will be reminded by email from CampDocs to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records) for camp.  These are required by June 1, 2020. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

When campers are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Camp Counselors who serve as mentors, positive role models and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer campers are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

When not in classes, campers have fun participating in recreational activities. Living, dining and learning together, campers have ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. Sample activities include:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
  • Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Males and females are housed in separate halls. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Campers living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials and lunch is TBD. Campers who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Friday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM Monday-Thursday unless they will be participating in evening activities (please make arrangements with Director of Summer Programs for pick-up times). The last day of camp (Friday) pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about your favorite subject and meeting other students who share your passion for chamber music!

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
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