Summit 2020 General Information

Elevate Your Chops with us, Online, for FREE!

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About the Summit

This year, since we aren’t all able to meet in person in gorgeous Santa Fe, NM, we’re bringing the Summit to you ALL at home completely for FREE. Co-founded and directed by the Trombones of the Santa Fe Opera, we will be bringing you several mini-masterclass videos from each of our 4 Faculty members. Uploading to YouTube on July 28th, you will be able to access these all completely for FREE! You will also have a chance to join us on Zoom on July 29th, for a LIVE interview with Bass Trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony and Edwards Artist, Gerry Pagano! Also on Zoom, join us on July 30th as we host a panel discussion about Auditions and on July 31st for an open Q&A with all 4 of our Faculty. And be sure to join us in Santa Fe in 2021 as we add to the Summit some wonderfully unique ways to take in New Mexico all while Elevating Your Chops.

Summit 2020 Schedule
All times for our Online Events are in Eastern Standard Time, USA

The Summit ONLINE:

Tuesday, July 28th:

10am - FREE Masterclass videos uploaded to YouTube

Wednesday, July 29th:

Evening, time TBD - ZOOM Chat with GERRY PAGANO

Thursday, July 30th:

Evening, time TBD - ZOOM Faculty Panel Discussion: Auditions

Friday, July 31st:

Evening, time TBD - ZOOM Faculty Panel Discussion: Open Q&A

Now 3 Ways to Attend in 2021!!
  • The Participant Class is open to a limited number of 12 professionals and/or college students (9 tenors, 3 basses). As a Participant, you will work closely and personally with Summit Faculty in masterclasses, quartet and section coachings and sit-ins, and perform on the final concert in the Summit Trombone Choir. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply. 

  • As an Auditor, you will be able to attend all masterclasses and performances. You will also have the opportunity to participate in our daily morning warm-ups, panel discussions, and rehearse and perform in the Summit Trombone Choir on the final concert. While auditors have no age limit, we ask that students under 18 years of age be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

  • Online! - NEW to Summit 2021! From the comfort of your own home wherever in the world you live, you now will have the chance to attend select events LIVE ONLINE at the Summit starting in 2021. Details coming October/November 2020.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Audition Repertoire Announcement: November 1st, 2020

  • Early-Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021 ($30 Application Fee waved)

  • Application Deadline: April 1st, 2021

  • Participant Announcement: April 15th, 2021

  • 2020 Summit Dates: Dates coming soon!


Tuition* rates are as follows:

  • Participant: $600*

  • Auditor: $75/day or $250 for all 4 days

Participant Non-refundable Application Fee: $30

Tuition rates include the cost of ALL Summit events, including concerts, masterclasses, coachings, etc.


Housing** is available on campus at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center for Participants. 

Housing is $50/night. Housing includes a twin bed with linens provided in a shared accommodation with private bath. Meals are NOT included in this price.

On-campus housing is not required for Participants but is highly encouraged. If you plan to live off-campus, please note that Santa Fe does not have an extensive public transportation network.

Please Note the Following:

* A non-refundable tuition deposit of $150 is due on May 15th. Failure to make this payment on time may result in the applicant's spot being forfeited and offered to another candidate. Tuition must be paid in full by June 15th. Should you need to withdraw from the Summit, you will be refunded 50% of tuition if you withdraw 30 days or more in advance. If you withdraw less than 30 days in advance you will not be refunded.

** Dorm rooms are reserved for Participants first. Should some decline to live on campus, dorm rooms may become available for Auditors. Please inquire via email if you are an Auditor that would prefer to live on campus. There are also several nearby hotels in Santa Fe as well as many AirBnB's available during the summer. As Santa Fe is a major tourist destination during the summer, we recommend you book as early as possible.