SYMS: Summer Youth Music School:FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Junior SYMS is a 6-day program for students who have finished 7th or 8th grade. Senior SYMS is a 14-day program for students who have finished 9th-12th grade. SYMS typically enrolls around 350 students for each session.
Please follow the appropriate link on our website to register online through the secure USNH Events Management System.
No audition is required to be accepted into the program.Short auditions are held the first full day of each program for placement in groups. Audition information is posted online.
Programs without Deposits:
-Drops/Transfers made 14 days or more before a session start date are subject to a $50 (minimum) administrative fee.
-Drops/Transfers made less than 14 days before a session start date are subject to a 20% (minimum $50) administrative fee.
Programs with deposits:
-Deposits are non-refundable
Full refunds (including deposit) are provided in the event UNH cancels a program session.
Jr. SYMS: The daily schedule will include a convocation first thing in the morning after breakfast, two large group rehearsals, a sectional rehearsal (for some groups), a master class on your instrument of choice, a music theory or chorus class (pianists are invited to sing with the Concert Choir), and an elective class period. Students finalize their class schedules on Sunday evening at which time they find out their group placement(s) and choose their elective class. Elective classes include music theory, ear training, history, beginning classes in piano, guitar, brass, and violin (we provide the instruments), musical theater, hand bell choir, jazz band, jazz piano, jazz choir, jazz improvisation, and African drumming. Classes/rehearsals run from 8:00–4:00 each day.
Sr. SYMS: The daily schedule for will include a convocation first thing in the morning after breakfast, a large group rehearsal, a sectional rehearsal (for some groups), a master class on your instrument of choice, and elective classes. Everyone will have five daily periods of classes and rehearsals; jazz band and musical theater students will have an extra period at the end of the day. Students finalize their class schedules on Monday evening, July 23, at which time they find out their group placement(s) and choose their elective classes. Elective classes include music theory, ear training, history, conducting, recording, composition and arranging, beginning classes in piano, guitar, brass, and violin (we provide the instruments), hand bell choir, jazz piano, jazz singing class, jazz improvisation, and African drumming. Classes/rehearsals run from 8:00–3:30 each day, except for those who have an extra period which ends at 5:00.
Sr. SYMS: convocation and classes run from 8:00AM–3:30 PM, although a few students may be involved until 5:00 PM for an extra class period. A counselor will be assigned to check commuters in before the morning convocation each day, and out again after classes are finished for the day. Commuters are welcome at all the evening events as well. Students who commute daily will be provided with lunch at Holloway Commons Dining Hall along with the other students. Those who drive cars to SYMS must purchase a parking permit through the UNH Transportation Service.
Dining will be at Holloway Commons in the Memorial Union Building. It is a fantastic facility with a wide variety of choices at each meal. Those with food allergies will have no problem finding plenty to eat. For information regarding our food service and sample menus, you may log on to http://www.unh.edu/dining/nutrition/concerns.html. Anyone with special nutrition concerns should speak with dietitian Rochelle L’Italien at 603/862-2583. or email Rochelle.LItalien@unh.edu.
Sr. SYMS: Final jazz concerts are on the last Thursday evening starting at 7:00. All other final concerts are on Saturday during the final day of SYMS starting at 9:00 AM with concert bands and orchestras in the morning and choral groups in the afternoon finishing around 3:30 PM. Piano and guitar recitals are mid-morning and at noon, respectively. Students return home after their final performance.
SYMS does not offer any scholarship aid, but many students find financial help through their schools, churches, civic organizations or downtown businesses. The following discounts are also available: $100 off for two students in Junior SYMS; $200 off for two students in Senior SYMS; $100 off for one student in each program.
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