Schwab Academy of Music

Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music


Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music
2nd annual year
Summer 2020

Academy dates
June 29 - July 19

Placement Auditions
In person: April 18-19, 2020, 1:00 pm PAC 139
Video: April 13-29, Email link to vcschwab@vcccd.edu

Ventura College
Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Rd,
Ventura, California 93003

Academy Registration Instructions

Apply for Admission

Apply for the John Hammer MHS Academy Grant


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.

Greetings from Music Director:

The Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music continues as it embarks with the 2nd 2020 season. The Schwab Academy will be an annual summer music academy, and will be housed on the campus of Ventura College Performing Arts Center. This summer 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 we plan to attract young artists, developing musicianship through many types of ensembles. Students will study with music faculty who are Internationally recognized experts in their field. We encourage students from Ventura and Santa Barbara county schools to register early on-line. Throughout the three weeks students will 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 review the information provided and register for admission to the 2020 Schwab Academy of Music.

Sincerely,

Robert Lawson, Music Director


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Schwab Academy of Music Schedule

Three-week Summer program (June 29 - July 19, 2020)


Audition Placement Dates
In person Auditions
April 18th & 19th
PAC 139 1:00 PM
Ventura College
Audition by electronic delivery systems
April 13 - May 29th

Follow the Academy Registration Instructions.
Students are encouraged to register on-line prior to Audition Placement date.

If you miss the pre-registration/audition/Electronic audition window, Email: rlawson@vcccd.edu

Audition placement is to allow faculty to evaluate students level so they can be placed in the proper chamber ensemble and orchestra section.

Students may register for either afternoon Chamber Music courses or evening Orchestra courses we encourage those of advance level to register for both Chamber and Orchestra courses.

To Register:

To register for classes be sure you have already applied for admission, once you are accepted for admission follow the instructions here to register for classes. 

Chamber Music Classes  |   Orchestra Classes


All classes take place at:
Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura California


Chamber Music Classes take place M-F 1:30 - 4:45 PM

Course of study includes:

  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Strings, Classical Guitar
  • Keyboards
  • 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 (CRN #57675) - Woodwinds
  • MUS V21B (CRN #57676) - Brass
  • MUS V21C (CRN #57677) - Strings, Keyboards, Percussion, Classical Guitar

Chamber Music Ensembles, Advance courses

  • MUS V22A (CRN #57678) - Woodwinds
  • MUS V22B (CRN #57679) - Brass
  • MUS V22C (CRN #57680) - Strings, Keyboards, Percussion, Classical Guitar

Orchestra classes take place M-F 5:30 - 8:30 PM

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

Guest Artist for 2020 - TBA

  • Guest Artist will give a Master class on Thursday, and will perform with Academy orchestra on Saturday's evening performance.

The Academy will feature nine performances: all performances will be in the Helen Yunker Auditorium located at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center.

Performance Dates:

  • Four Chamber Music Performances
    • July 10, 2020 Friday 7:30 PM
    • July 5, 2020 Sunday 2:30 PM
    • July 12, 2020 Sunday 2:30 PM
    • July 17, 2020 Friday 7:30 PM
  • Five Orchestra Performances
    • July 3, 2020  Friday 7:30 PM
    • June 23, 2020 Sunday 2:30 PM
    • July 11, 2020 Saturday 7:30 PM
    • *July 18, 2020 Saturday 7:30 PM
    • *July 19, 2020 Sunday 2:30 PM

* The Henry Schwab Violin & Viola Competition - for more information click here


Ventura College Music Department is recognized as a leader in music education and has a comprehensive course schedule throughout the year, providing professional instruction and leadership to students. Register for courses including: Theory, History and Literature, Vocal, Instrumental, Jazz, Technology, and ensembles, including Opera, Choir, Orchestra, Chamber & Jazz, designed to educate your knowledge of music.