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Girl playing the flute during the Pre-College Experience

2020 Pre-College Experience Canceled

Due to public health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Rose has canceled the 2020 Pre-College Experience. Registered participants should have received an email informing them of this decision. Families who have already paid a deposit for the Pre-College Experience will receive reimbursements via check. Contact Dr. John Dion, director of the program, at if you have questions.

Summer Music Program 2020

Could your student practice music for hours? The College of Saint Rose offers music students an amazing opportunity to work with renowned faculty in The Massry Center for the Arts; our state-of-the-art facility. This affordable, two-week program is designed for dedicated music students entering grades 8 through 12. Students share their excitement about music with other talented young musicians, and learning in such an immersive setting allows rapid progress in their craft.

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Dates: July 13 to 24

Program Options:

  • Master class and sectionals on major instrument
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Music Industry
  • Conducting classes
  • Performance in student concerts
  • Electives, including Music History, Ear Training, Music Production, Music Appreciation
  • Chorus

Typical Daily Schedule:

8:30 to 9 a.m.: Arrive at The Massry Center for the Arts
9 a.m.: Major Ensembles Rehearsal
11 a.m.: Music Theory
11:45 a.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.: Workshops/Sectionals/Private Lessons/Chamber Music
4 p.m.: Music Electives
4:45 p.m.: Departure

2019 Costs:

Day Tuition: $980 (for the two-week experience)
Tuition with Overnight Room and Board: $2,240 (for the two-week experience)
Supplies: $50
Nonrefundable registration fee: $50


Scholarships are available based on students’ NYSSMA scores or participation in ESYO:

NYSSMA Level IV Score of 26-28: $75

NYSSMA Level V/VI Score of 98: $100

NYSSMA Level V/VI Score of 99: $125

NYSSMA Level V/VI Score of 100: $150

ESYO Participant: $100

Students must be registered for the PCE program and provide proof of their NYSSMA scores or participation in ESYO prior to processing their final program payment to be considered for a scholarship.

Program Faculty:

Dr. David Bebe: Orchestra Director, Cello
Sean Wendell: Music Industry
Dr. Sherwood Wise: Music Program Coordinator, Wind and Percussion Studies

Additional faculty:

Jamecyn Morey
Violin, String Chamber Coach

Jamecyn Morey is an active solo, chamber and orchestral violinist. Morey has appeared as a soloist with orchestra at Lincoln Center as part of their Distinguished Concerts International New York series. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Young Musicians and Artists Festival Orchestra in Oregon, the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed the premiere recording of Michael Daugherty’s “This Land Sings” as solo violin for Naxos Records.

Morey serves as violin faculty at The College of Saint Rose and is the second violinist of the Hyperion String Quartet. She is also a member of the first violin section of the Albany Symphony, and is the director for the Academy for Strings, a pre-college music program in the Capital Region.

Morey is a former member of the New World Symphony in Florida, where she led the orchestra as concertmaster under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas and with soloists including Gil Shaham and Itzhak Perlman. She has also held chamber music residencies with the Miami Music Project and with the Chicago City Colleges. Morey began her studies in violin performance at the Interlochen Arts Academy High School, and received degrees from Indiana University, studying with Yuval Yaron and Ilya Kaler, and Roosevelt University in Chicago as a student of Robert Chen.

John Halvorsen
Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble

John Halvorsen, who earned a B.S. in Music Education and M.S.Ed. in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose, is the director of bands at Albany High School as well as the director of the Saint Rose Symphonic Band. In his tenure at Albany High School, his ensembles have regularly received high praise from annual NYSSMA Majors festivals performing some of the most difficult band literature. The award-winning jazz ensembles are also in high demand throughout the greater capital region; performing at such venues as the Albany Ignite Volunteer Festival, the Albany Public Library Gala, the annual New York State PTA Convention, the Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival, and the Albany Fund for Education Gala to name but a few.

Recently, his work with the AHS pit orchestra for annual school musicals has been the recipient of “Best Student Orchestra” at the High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors.

Beyond the regular school day, John is co-director of the Albany Marching Falcons band. This ensemble has performed at the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, Ireland and attended the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the D-Day Invasion at Normandy Beach, France, in June of 2019. John also directs band and jazz studies at the Pre-College Experience at Saint Rose since 2012. When not teaching, he also regularly performs with the local horn band, Skippy and the Pistons.

Student playing the trumpet in the Pre-College Experience

What is the Pre-College Experience Summer Music Program?

Comprehensive and engaging classes are available to students at all levels. The primary areas of study include: Winds, Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Music Industry. Vocalists and pianists are welcome to register for the Music Industry program. There will be a variety of workshops, sectionals, and recitals given by the Pre-College Experience music faculty and staff. Students will have a choice between one or two half-hour lessons with a highly qualified member of the Saint Rose music faculty.

Concentrations such as Music Industry allow students to work with the equipment in our state-of-the art William Randolph Hearst Center for Communication and Interactive Media. Through instruction and hands-on experience in the Saint Rose MIDI Lab, students will learn the principles of music production and technology. Each student with a concentration in Music Industry will have a final composition to take home with them at the end of two weeks. This is a great program for students interested in music composition, production, remixing, engineering and sound design, and all vocalists and pianists.

Every year, the instructors and members of the audience see a rapid improvement in the quality of the performances in just a few days.

Student musicians take part in rigorous lessons and rehearsals, and they are expected to practice at night. They also perform repeatedly throughout the 10-day experience, in the orchestra, band, and large choral group, and in dozens of smaller ensembles. And the Massry Center for the Arts, home to premiere performances, is the perfect facility to showcase their talents on the stage.

“We see the growth of an entire semester in just two weeks,” said David Bebe, an assistant professor of music. “There is no comparison between taking one class in high school and playing and learning music all day.”