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High School Summer Conservatory

For more information on The High School Summer Conservatory, please call 323-603-5932 or email summer@amda.edu.

AMDA’'s Summer Conservatory empowers young artists to choose their own path within our three performing arts disciplines. Residential and commuter programs in NYC and LA are open to all talented high school students completing grades 8-12 during the 2016/17 school year.

2017 Dates

  • Session 1 July 2-15 (NYC & LA)
  • Session 2 July 16-29 (NYC & LA)
  • Session 3 July 30-Aug 12 (NYC only)
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Once accepted to the High School Summer Conservatory, students must submit a placement video to gauge talent placement in your chosen session track. Please use the highest quality recording equipment available to you. For best results, place your recording device on a stationary object, such as a table. Please note that all videos will be used for scholarship consideration.

What to Include

You Have Plans: You are a young artist, talented, ready to challenge yourself and you love to perform. Whether that’s by immersing yourself in the art of acting, finding your voice as a singer, or telling new stories through dance, it’s all about performance.

At AMDA Hollywood or AMDA New York, your days will be filled with dynamic performing arts classes and your nights spent in rehearsals. Finally, your new skills and hard work will culminate in a Final Performance production in front of an audience in one of our lovely performance spaces.

Snapshot of your day

  • Depending on enrollment, each session will offer specialized morning courses, rehearsals, and performances concentrating on key areas within a given focus.
  • Rehearsals for your Final Performance.
  • Performing Arts Experience classes, selected to compliment your background, focus and interests.

High school teens will study, train, rehearse, perform and live on AMDA’s safe and secure college campuses in the heart of New York City and Los Angeles; making new friends, learning new skills and getting a real experience of life in the most important cities for the performing arts in America.

At the conclusion of your program, you will perform in a Final Performance production.

Filmed Performance: Each Final Performance will be filmed by a professional film crew. Every student artist will receive a copy of their Final Performance.

"The entire summer program was well built, perfectly run and surpassed my hopes and wishes... I appreciate the attention and constant effort that I feel was given to my daughter at AMDA. I believe this program will have an immense impact on Aubrey as well as the other students who attended." -Shannan P

Safety and security

In both NYC and LA, campuses are accessible only with a valid AMDA photo identification card, which High School Summer Conservatory students receive.

Supervision is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. When students are not in class with our world-class faculty, they are supervised by members of our trained AMDA staff.

Students leave campus only for planned and chaperoned outings, which may include going to a Broadway show or visiting NYC and LA tourist destinations.

Emergency contact numbers

Landline and mobile phone numbers for both NYC and LA campuses will be provided on our summer landing page – available in late Spring

Student housing

In both NYC and LA, students live in safe and secure dormitories that are designated exclusively to High School Summer Conservatory students.

Meal plans

All students are required to purchase the meal plan, which includes three delicious and nutritious meals per day. Snacks are also provided.

Most dietary needs can be accommodated and must be noted on the online application.

High School Summer Conservatory program tuition and fees

For a full breakdown of tuition and fees, please visit our summer program tuition page.

Making a deposit and paying tuition and fees

To make your deposit to hold a place in the programs, please visit our payments page.

Scholarships

Partial merit-based scholarships are available on a limited basis.

All accepted students are required to submit a placement video, so we can prepare to meet students at their respective levels. All students are considered for scholarships based on their performances in these placement videos.

Financial assistance

Partial, need-based financial assistance grants are available on a limited basis.

To be considered, please complete the AMDA Summer Financial Assistance Eligibility Requirements form.

Payment plans are available upon request.

Final performances

Family and friends are invited and most welcome to attend our final performances.

Details on location, day, time and number of tickets per student will be available in late Spring.