Summer Music Festival 2016 group photo

Summer Music Festival

July 5-20, 2018
Hingham campus

Music Director: Eric Laprade
Program Director: Ed Sorrentino
Assistant Program Director: Andrew Moreschi

South Shore Conservatory's Summer Music Festival (SMF) offers wind, brass and percussion students in elementary school through college the opportunity to perform in high quality wind band, chamber and jazz ensembles. This festival brings together student musicians from across southeastern Massachusetts in an intense, supportive, collaborative and music-focused learning environment. Through daily one-on-one interactions with a dedicated team of talented educators, SMF students are empowered to improve their technical ability, musical sensitivity, listening skills, analytical techniques and overall confidence. Students participate in one of three ensembles, All-Star Band (ASB), Summer Wind Ensemble (SWE) or Festival Wind Ensemble (FWE) based on their placement audition.

Why Choose Summer Music Festival?

  • Make music with students from over 30 different communities at the beautiful SSC Hingham campus
  • 7-1 student to faculty ratio
  • Experience rehearsing and performing in an outdoor amphitheater
  • Sectional coachings, musicianship classes, improvisation sessions, guest performers, social activities and more!

Summer Music Festival 2018 Dates

Summer Music Festival and Festival Wind Ensemble: Weekdays, Thursday, July 5 through Friday, July 20
All-Star Band: July 16-20, 8 - 11 am
Afternoon Jazz Ensembles and Afternoon Chamber Music: Weekdays, Thursday, July 5 through Friday, July 20
SWE Chamber Concert: TBA
SMF Jazz Ensembles and Chamber: TBA
All-Star Band Final Concert: TBA
Summer Music Festival Final Performance: TBA

Registration Procedure

  2. Submit or schedule a placement audition by May 1 (see below)
  3. Register and pay by May 15 to receive an early bird discount
  4. All registrations and payments are due by June 15

2018 Placement Auditions

Online Auditions: You may submit your audition online. Deadline for online submissions is June 15.
Please submit your online audition via Google Drive. When you record your video please:

  1. State your name, age and school that you will attend in September 2018
  2. Tell us why you want to participate in Summer Music Festival
  3. Tell us what you are going to play
  4. Perform your scales and prepared piece(s)

Don't worry about being "perfect." Just relax and do your best. Everyone is accepted to the program and we are only listening to make sure we place you in the proper group. If you have any questions about how to do this please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Moreschi at 781-749-7565 x54 for help.
Onsite Audition Dates: 4/28. Please email Andrew Moreschi or call 781-749-7565 x54 to schedule a time.

SMF 2018 Deadlines

  • May 15: Early Bird Registration and Tuition Assistance deadline
  • June 15: Regular Registration and online audition deadline

All-Star Band (ASB)
for elementary students with
1-2 years of experience
8-11 am
July 16-20
Tuition: TBA

Festival Wind Esnemble (FWE)
Summer Wind Ensemble (SWE)
8 am to noon
Weekdays, Thursday, July 5 through Friday, July 20
Tuition: TBA

Afternoon Jazz Ensembles
Afternoon Chamber Music
12:45-2:45 pm
Weekdays, Thursday, July 5 through Friday, July 20
Tuition: TBA

"My experience at SMF was definitely one to remember! Not only was I provided an opportunity to play fantastic music, but I was also given the privilege to spend time with and get to know other musicians of very high caliber. From working with the Festival Wind Ensemble, to performing in a small chamber groups, SMF provided me with a great way to spend my summer, as well as grow and learn as a musician."

- Owen Vacheron, Foxboro, percussion

"Summer Music Festival is that one place where you can play music you wouldn't be able to play anywhere else. It's great for those two weeks in July to be able to play the most amazing repertoire with the most amazing musicians on the South Shore."

- Dante Nicotera, Hanover, baritone sax 

"Summer Music Festival at South Shore Conservatory is educational as well as fun. During the two weeks, you not only grow as a musician but also make friends and meet interesting people. Everyone there wants you to succeed, and pushes you to fulfill your full potential. The atmosphere is very different from that of a regular school band in that all of the students and the staff are motivated and have a passion for what they do."

- Kelly Vickers, Scituate, tuba

Summer Music Festival 2017 Faculty

Eric Laprade, Music Director & Festival Wind Ensemble Conductor

Eric Laprade, Music Director, FWE Conductor

Ed Sorrentino, Program Director, Percussion

Andrew Moreschi

Andrew Moreschi, Assistant Program Director, Trumpet

Aaron W. Bush, Festival Jazz

Bobby Glynn, SWE Conductor, Lab Jazz Conductor

Bobby Glynn, SWE Conductor, Percussion

Peter Bianca, clarinet

Peter Bianca, Clarinet

Lidia Chang, SMF Flute Coach

Lidia Chang, Flute

Will Edmundson, SMF percussion coach

Will Edmundson, Percussion

Susan Goodwin, All Star Band Conductor, Trombone

Susan Goodwin-May, All-Star Band, Trombone

Chip Halt, SMF tuba and euphonium coach

Chip Halt, Tuba and Euphonium

Matt Harden, trumpet

Matt Harden, Trumpet

Clark Matthews, French horn coach for Summer Music Festival

Clark Matthews, French horn

Jesse Stiglich

Jesse Stiglich, Percussion

Janet Underhill, Chamber Music Coordinator, Chamber Coach, Bassoon Coach, Double Reed Coach

Janet Underhill, Double Reeds, Chamber Music


On this #MusicMonday, we feature a live recording of the 2015 Festival Jazz Ensemble performing "Better Get Hit In Your Soul" by Charles Mingus.

Posted by South Shore Conservatory Summer Music Festival on Monday, September 7, 2015

On this #MusicMonday, we feature a live recording of the 2015 Festival Jazz Ensemble performing "Better Get Hit In Your Soul" by Charles Mingus.

Posted by South Shore Conservatory Summer Music Festival on Monday, September 7, 2015

SMF 2015: Melodious ThunkEvery Monday, we will share recordings from SMF 2015! Be sure to share the recordings with your friends, parents and teachers! Here is the live recording of the Festival Wind Ensemble performing David Biedenbener's Melodious Thunk

Posted by South Shore Conservatory Summer Music Festival on Monday, August 31, 2015