Schwab Academy of Music

For the safety of students and the community during this time, the Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy will unfortunately be cancelled for the Summer of 2020.  We plan to resume programming in the near future.

Please revisit this website for more information.

Send emails of your interest in the Schwab Academy to vcschwab@vcccd.edu as we continue to provide this great programming.

Robert Lawson – Director

Tim Harrison – Dean of Performing Arts


About the Academy:

The Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy is an annual summer music academy housed on the campus of Ventura College Performing Arts Center, providing professional instruction and leadership to students that register for courses and music ensembles designed to educate and enhance the knowledge of instrumental music.
Courses noted below are designed to develop and introduce Chamber Music and Orchestral instrumental music skills, attract advanced young artists, developing musicianship through many types of ensembles. Students will study with music faculty who are Internationally recognized experts in their field.


A Message from Music Director:

The Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music is an annual summer music academy housed on the campus of Ventura College Performing Arts Center. The department is excited to offer a highly intensive three-week program of courses designed to develop and introduce Chamber Music and Orchestral instrumental music skills.  In its inaugural year (2020) we attracted 70+ young artists, developing musicianship through many types of ensembles. Students studied with music faculty who are internationally recognized experts in their field.
For future academies, we encourage students from Ventura and Santa Barbara county schools to register early on-line for summer of 2021. Throughout the three weeks students study and rehearse alongside academy music faculty. Chamber and Orchestral performance will take place every weekend in Ventura Colleges Helen Yunker Auditorium. The third week of orchestral program will be devoted to the Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition.
Ventura College Music department is recognized as a leader in music education and has a comprehensive course schedule through the year providing professional instruction and leadership to students that register for courses including theory, history and literature, Vocal, Instrumental, Jazz, Technology, and ensembles including opera, choir, orchestra, chamber, and jazz, designed to educate and enhance the knowledge of music.
I encourage you to join us in the future for the Schwab Academy of Music.
Sincerely,
Robert Lawson, Music Director


Academy Mission Statement: An annual summer music academy housed on the campus of Ventura College Performing Arts Center, providing professional instruction and leadership to students that register for courses and music ensembles designed to educate and enhance the knowledge of instrumental music.
Courses are designed to develop and introduce Chamber Music and Orchestral instrumental music skills, attract advanced young artists, developing musicianship through many types of ensembles. Students will study with music faculty who are Internationally recognized experts in their field.


Chamber Music Classes:

Course of study include Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Classical Guitar, Keyboards and Percussion
Rehearsals and coaching with Academy faculty members
Chamber Music Ensembles, Intermediate course titles listed below can be found for registration on Ventura College Website

  • MUS V21A - Woodwinds
  • MUS V21B - Brass
  • MUS V21C - Strings, Keyboards, Percussion, Classical Guitar

Chamber Music Ensembles, Advance courses

  • MUS V22A - Woodwinds
  • MUS V22B - Brass
  • MUS V22C - Strings, Keyboards, Percussion, Classical Guitar

Orchestra classes:

Rehearsals and coaching with Academy faculty members
Community and Symphony Orchestra course titles listed below can be found for registration on Ventura College website (add link)

  • MUS V15 (CRN #57673)- Community Orchestra
  • MUS V34 (CRN #57674) - Symphony Orchestra

Master classes will take place in the second week of the academy.


Performances:

The Academy features nine performances.  All performances will be in the Helen Yunker Auditorium located at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center.