The Program

Is an audition required?

We do not require auditions for acceptance into our program, but we do ask for a recommendation from your private teacher. All students audition for placement in ensembles when they arrive, and take a test for placement in theory classes (which do cover every level from note reading through to analysis and music history). 

Can I come for only 1 week?

Csehy Summer School of Music runs for 4 weeks every summer in 2 x 2-week sessions. Each session concludes with student recitals and an awards ceremony before the Saturday afternoon concert. For this reason we recommend that students consider registering for a 2-week session. There is a significant number of campers who can only come for 1 week, and this is not a problem. Major ensembles start with new seating, and new music every Monday, and perform this music in the Saturday afternoon concert, before beginning with new music the following week. For every week that the camper is there, they will also receive 2 private lessons on their area of major study.

Why is the weekly cost of camp so high?

The costs of camp includes full room and board as well as tuition costs for the full program we offer.

Csehy Summer School of Music is more than a camp - it is also high-calibre musical training with music faculty who represent many orchestras and colleges across America. We have on average 1 faculty member to every 6 campers, and 1 counselor to every 10 campers.

Why is the weekly cost of camp so low?

Many families have remarked at our price-point in comparison to other programs which are usually in the range of $1,200 to $2,500 a week. This is sustained through our many financial donors who contribute to our general costs, as well as the generosity of our volunteers and staff/faculty.

It is such a long way to drive

One of the highlights of the Csehy week is campers coming together from all over the country, and all over the world. Summer of 2016 had representatives from 26 states and 10 countries. Whilst the majority of our campers come from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia, many campers also come from further states such as Florida and California, as well as campers who fly in from overseas.

We offer airport pickups and dropoffs for campers who fly in to Buffalo or Rochester Airports.

The Organization

How do you say "Csehy?"

The name is pronounced "CHAY-hee?" Our founder, Wilmos Csehy was known to joke that his Hungarian name sounded like a sneeze.

How is Csehy connected with Houghton College?

Csehy Summer School of Music was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization while at it's first site in Cedar Lake, Indiana where it was held from 1962-1967. Csehy was then at Muncy Terraces, Pennsylvania from 1968-1994, Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) from 1995-2008, and now at Houghton College, New York since 2009.

Whilst we hold similar values to Houghton College, and a few of our teaching faculty are also teachers at Houghton's Greatbatch School of Music, we are an independent program with teaching faculty from many colleges and orchestras.

Help with my Online Account

Where do I find the doctor's forms

Only one page needs your doctors signature - the "Physicians Written Orders." On your online account - please go to "Additional Options" and select "Document Center." On this page, you can download the blank form and on this same page you can upload the signed form.