SPCMI Curriculum & Schedule

The Summit Center for Arts & Innovation

The Summit Center for Arts & Innovation

The Summit Center for Arts & Innovation

The Summit Center for Arts & Innovation

George Draper Dayton Hall, Macalester

George Draper Dayton Hall, Macalester


Students receive daily chamber music coaching and a minimum of three private lessons with world-renowned faculty. Numerous solo and chamber music masterclasses are offered by faculty and guest artists. Student performances include solo and chamber music concerts. Depending on scheduling, attendance at other concerts or special events in the Twin Cities may be arranged.


Participants receive free tickets to all concerts by faculty and guest artists. Students  are the featured performers in the Student Chamber Music Concerts at the end of each week and in solo recitals.

Daily Schedule and Activities

Sample Daily Schedule
7:30 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – Practice
8:45 am
Daily briefing (schedule and other updates)
9:00 am

Private practice, ensemble rehearsal, private lessons, coachings, & master classes
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Ensemble rehearsal or coaching with faculty
3:30 pm – Private practice, ensemble rehearsal, or free time
5:15 pm – Dinner

Evening activities may include:

  • Concert performances

  • Attendance at concerts by faculty and guest artists

  • Group sight-reading sessions

  • “Fancy Food Night” – international dinner cooked by faculty

  • Movie Night

  • 4th of July Fireworks

Other activities may include:

  • Discussion of “The Business of Music” with faculty

  • Community performances for service groups, senior citizens, donors, etc.

  • Master classes

  • Yoga and stretching

  • Attendance at concerts or other special events in the Twin Cities (schedule permitting)

Accommodations & Transportation

The Macalester College campus and The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music are located along historic Summit Avenue in a beautiful and safe part of the city. Nearby shops, restaurants, coffee and tea houses, scenic walking/running and bicycle trails add to the character of the area.

HOUSING & MEALS: All students will be housed in single dorm rooms in George Draper Dayton Hall (GDD) between the Macalester Alumni House and the Cultural House. It is one of the few residence halls with central air conditioning. GDD is designed for group-style living in three, four, five, and six-person suites. Each suite includes a common living space, single rooms, and a private bathroom. All meals are provided in the Cafe Mac, located in the Campus Center.

TRANSPORTATION: Macalester College and The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music are located in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Minneapolis/Saint Paul Airport, Amtrak and Bus are all only about 15 minutes away, and are also easily accessible by public transportation, taxis and app based ride services.

Application & Tuition

Applications due by April 15.
(Apply by March 15 for discount.)
Institute dates: June 23–July 7, 2019

Application Fee: $100
Tuition: $1,100
Room & Board: $1,100

Tuition scholarships are available for qualified students based on artistic ability and financial need.

Early Application Special:
If application is received by March 15:
$25 discount on application fee
$200 discount on tuition, if it is paid in full within 30 days of acceptance

Ensemble Discount:
Pre-formed ensembles (of at least 3 members) receive a $100 per member discount on tuition (for all accepted students, before or after March 15), and are also eligible for the discounts on early application & full payment within 30 days.

Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed in the order received until all positions are filled. All applications due by April 15.

REFUND POLICY: Because this is a chamber music camp, part of the basis for your invitation to attend is the fact that you are well matched with others who have applied and can be placed in a group that will be as compatible as possible. The nonrefundable application fee pays for the administration of the application and the development of the student groups for the institute.

Tuition and Room/Board will be refunded on the following schedule:

If you withdraw before April 20:
tuition will be refunded minus the application fee and a $200 administrative fee.

If you withdraw April 21-May 15:
50% of total cost (tuition and room/board) will be refunded.

If you withdraw after May 15:
no refund available.

If a family emergency (not including vacation) requires withdrawal, this policy may be reviewed on an individual basis.