School of Music Youth Programs

St. Cecilia Music Center's Youth Programs offer students in grades 3-12 opportunities to practice, perform, and perfect their instrument of choice alongside other talented students—with weekly after-school rehearsals and semester-culminating performances in Royce Auditorium.

Youth Ensembles

Youth Ensembles offer school-age students opportunities to learn skills they’ll apply throughout their lives—from instrumental perfection to teamwork to performance—while earning an appreciation for music and a passion for the arts.

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Stella Royce Piano Camp

Young pianists will grow their skills in this engaging, intensive week-long camp. Daily activities, taught or supervised by exceptional, talented faculty, include: private lessons, ensemble lessons, theory lessons, musical games, music history classes, practice time, and more.

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Middle School Band Camp

St. Cecilia Music Center’s Middle School Band Camp offers students the opportunity to spend the week with other woodwind, brass and percussion players who want to advance their skills and have fun! This week-long day camp is led by band director Rebecca Kilgore. Each day will include three full band rehearsals directed by Ms. Kilgore, as well as sectionals led by exceptional area band teachers. Every day will also include an afternoon performance by a different professional musician. The final day of camp will culminate in a full band performance for friends and family in St. Cecilia Music Center’s beautiful Royce Auditorium.

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Concerto Competition

Each year, students in grades 6-12 get the opportunity to compete in St. Cecilia Music Center’s Piano Concerto Competition. The winner performs with SCMC’s top youth orchestra, the Philharmonic, at its winter concert.

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Financial Aid

School of Music students are eligible for financial aid consideration if the applicant is experiencing personal or family financial hardship.

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Register Today

Reserve your spot in a School of Music ensemble and get ready to hone your skills, learn new things and join a community of passionate performers.

In the Classroom

St. Cecilia Music Center has served a vital role in the community for 140 years. Our wide array of music education classes offer West Michigan youth the chance to experience the power of instrumental music.

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Attend a School of Music Concert

Reserve a seat in our historic Royce Auditorium and experience our talented musicians at one of our many School of Music concerts throughout the year.

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Instructional Videos

We believe that music perseveres. During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Cecilia Music Center began producing instructional videos for the community. These lessons are now an ongoing reference library for remote education and connection.

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