Summer Music Program Schedule


June 18th - June 29th
Laney Jazz Intensive(all instruments)
July 2 - July 12
Summer Band(wind instruments)
July 16 - July 26
Summer Orchestra(string instruments)

Symphonic Band and String Orchestra

     The Summer Music Program at Laney College is proud to have provided summer youth programs for the past 25 years. This year's program promises to be very exciting with the return of Symphonic Band and String Orchestra with our talented conductor Lori Willis. Each two-week session will conclude with a free Noon Concert featuring the talented members of the program. Students attending the program in the past have been of middle and high school age with at least a year of performance experience.

The cost is $150.00 for each entire session. Please download and print the application and return with your check:

The Laney Jazz Intensive

John Gove, Jay Lehmann, and an extraordinary Jazz staff offer for the first time at Laney College the Laney Jazz Intensive.

Details include:
The LANEY JAZZ INTENSIVE is dedicated to working with each student to help them on their path to jazz performance excellence. The program is designed as a 2 week intensive study and we ask that all participants make a commitment to the entire 10 day two week experience. The program is designed for all ages and open to all musicians with at least 2 years of study on their respective instrument. No previous jazz experience is required and we will meet you at your level and take you to new heights. With John and Jay’s combined 80 years of jazz instruction and guidance you are sure to have an inspiring jazz experience.

Laney College has always been a source of affordable high quality jazz instruction and we are proud to offer this two week opportunity for a total fee of $300.00 In order to have the best staff available we must have all participants enrolled by June 1st. We will be limiting the enrollment to the first 50 applicants on a first come first served basis. Each attendee will receive a commemorative gift marking the event at a concluding concert to be held at noon on June 29th.

Please download and print the application and return with your check:

Location - Get Directions

     The Laney College Music Department offers an ideal creative summer experience! Located in the heart of the Arts Center of Oakland, only steps away from the Oakland Art Museum and the Calvin Simmons Theater and adjacent to the Lake Merrit BART station, students can commute from anywhere in the greater Bay Area. You do not have to leave town or stay over night or eat camp food to have a great musical summer. The Laney College Music Department and the Laney Theater are back to back and all large rehearsals will take place right on the stage that the performances will occur. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to experience the acoustics of a professional theater. Click here for a map.


     The two week sessions include large group and sectional rehearsals along with repertory and theory workshops. The conducting staff is joined by college and university students from the Bay Area's finest music schools. Students have the opportunity to work one on one with counselors on their specific instrument to gain valuable playing techniques. In addition, our counselors will perform special concerts as well as discuss various practice techniques with all students. The Music Department is well equipped with practice rooms and recording facilities to allow students to progress quickly toward their goal of becoming accomplished musicians. Here is a typical day's schedule:

9:00-10:15 Full Group Rehearsal
10:30-11:15 Sectional Rehearsals
11:15-12:15 Theory
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Repertoire/Sectional Rehearsal
2:00-3:00 Full Group rehearsal


     The noon concert is always one of the highlights of the two week summer experience. The public is invited to hear the fruits of the intense two week music rehearsals at a concert held on the Laney Campus in the Theater. Admission is free.


     The Laney Campus Cafeteria will be open all summer for students to purchase lunch or students may opt to bring their own lunch. Students are well supervised, with roll taken at each activity and faculty are always available in the student cafeteria.

When You Arrive...

     On the first day of each session students should arrive at 8:45am. Signs will be posted at the 9th and Fallon St. Entrance to Laney College and Counselors and Staff will greet students near the flag pole with directions to the nearby theater and music department. Plan to pick up students at the flagpole at 3:00pm, unless they are taking public transportation.

Be a part...

     ...of this intense musical experience! Submit your application early, as the program fills quickly.

Laney Summer Music Program Contact Information:

Laney Summer Music Program
Jay W. Lehmann, Director
900 Fallon Street
Oakland CA 94607