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The YAA Conservatory is an an Overnight intensive for the highly disciplined student who wants classes focused on artistic process PLUS the applied training of a full musical theatre production. For rising 9th-12th graders and college freshmen. 

  • Study Acting, Dance, Voice, or A Cappella (new!) at the Senior Academy during the day.

  • Rehearse evenings and weekends for participation in a fully-staged production:

    • SESSION 1: 13 the Musical by Jason Robert Brown

    • SESSION 2: Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim

SESSION 1: 13 the Musical by Jason Robert Brown

SESSION 2: Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim


  • SESSION 1: June 28 - July 11, 2019 (inclusive)

    • SOLD OUT - Wait list only

  • SESSION 2: July 13 - 26, 2019 (inclusive)

    • Limited spots still available!


Daily Classes for all Conservatory students are designed to challenge students and to propel a student forward in their chosen Major.

Students will also be able to choose a secondary discipline as a Minor.


  • Voice

    • Daily classes in musical theatre, classical and/or contemporary singing will include: Music Theory, Voice Class, Acting and Movement for Singers.

  • Dance

    • Daily classes may include: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.

  • Acting

    • Daily classes may include: Acting Games, Improvisation, Monologue Coaching. as well as Scene Study and Character Development. Students will work on both contemporary and classical audition pieces.

A CAPPELLA (Session 1 only)

  • vocal style, full ensemble, vocal quartets, and music theory

Sample Schedule

8:30amMorning Meeting
8:45amMusic TheoryMovementBalletVocal Styles
9:45amMovementImprov/Acting ExercisesJazz
10:45amActingMonologuesModernMusic Theory
11:45amVoice ClassScene StudyHip-HopVocal Quartets
1:30pmMinor Class
2:30pmShowcase RehearsalFull Ensemble
3:45pmAfternoon Meeting
10:00pmSocial Activity
11:00pmLights Out

The Setting

The 140-acre wooded campus at Sandy Spring Friends School, in Northern Montgomery County, Maryland, featuring a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, fully-equipped 300-seat proscenium theater, dance studio, and multiple rehearsal rooms.

Residential Life

Conservatory students enjoy double dorm rooms with A/C and private bathrooms with 24-hour adult supervision, security and staffed infirmary.

Recreational Activities

Extra-curricular activities will include:

  • Swimming

  • Zip-lining

  • Theatre field trips

  • Movie nights

  • Campfires

  • ...and more

Artistic Faculty and Staff

Terry Eberhardt, Summer Intensives Director

Karen Collins BlakeSummer Intensives Administrator

Kathryn Bailey,  Summer Intensives Operations Manager

Garry Tiller, Stage Director, Acting

Kristina Friedgen, Stage Director, Acting

Paul Heinemann, Music Director

Montel Butler, Voice

Madeline Rodrigue, Dance

Anthony Colosimo, A Cappella

Rolando SanzProducing Artistic Director

Click here to read more about our Summer Intensives Faculty & Staff.

Video Auditions for Placement

All students regardless of previous experience will be admitted to our Summer Intensives. However, a video audition to best place you in a class level is required.

Once you have registered and paid a deposit for the intensive, you will be contacted with instructions for video placement auditions. All auditions will be by video for Summer 2019.


Students must audition in only one of the disciplines below and must come prepared with the following requirements:

  • Voice - 2 contrasting songs in musical theatre and/or classical voice.

  • Acting - 2 contrasting monologues, contemporary and classical.

  • Dance - 1 minute prepared dance solo in any style.

  • A Cappella - 1 verse each of two contrasting songs with NO accompaniment

Video Placement Audition Deadlines

  • Scholarship/Financial Aid:

    • Those who wish to be considered for a scholarship or financial aid need to submit their video audition to us no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.

  • All others need to submit their video audition to us by Friday, June 7, 2019.

After registering, we will contact you with video submission instructions.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm

  • Location: Performing Arts Center at Sandy Spring Friends School

Attendance is mandatory for all participants and their families.


The Conservatory

  • $3,250 for Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2018

  • $3,495 for Regular Registration after January 1, 2019



  • A deposit of $500 is due upon registration (refundable until March 1, 2019).

  • 2nd payment of half of the remaining balance is due by April 1, 2019 (non-refundable).

  • Final balance due on June 1, 2019 (non-refundable).

Tuition Includes:

  • All Academy classes, rehearsals and masterclasses with resident and visiting faculty

  • Participation in the Conservatory's full production:

    • SESSION 1: 13 the Musical by Jason Robert Brown

    • SESSION 2: Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim

  • Overnight accommodations in a shared suite in the Westfield Residence Hall

  • 3 meals daily in the Dining Hall + evening snacks

  • All daytime classes PLUS all afternoon and evening rehearsals and social activities

  • Extended recreational activities including:

    • Weekend Swimming

    • Nighttime Zip-lining at Adventure Park

    • Scavenger Hunts

    • Rock Climbing Wall

    • Movie Nights

    • Karaoke Nights & more...

  • Field trips including attending a professional performance of a mainstage musical at a nearby theater and potential teaser performances in the community

  • A two-week overnight summer intensive experience that you won't soon forget!

Click here to pay your tuition.

Limited Tuition Assistance Available

Limited need-based tuition assistance is available. Please inquire by email.


By Car

Parents of Conservatory Students will drop students off at the Sandy Spring Friends School campus on the first day of the sessionand pick them up on the last day. Pickup/Dropoff details are available in the Intensives Handbook.

By Air/Train

The nearest Airport and Amtrak train station to the campus is Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). We can make arrangements with families who are coming in from out-of-town for pickup at the BWI airport or train station.