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Eagle Arts Academy at The Elisabeth Morrow School

In late June, we offer two week-long summer academies, the Instrumental Ensemble Program and Summer Adventures. These programs take place on our 14-acre campus, which is especially vibrant in the summer months and inspires creativity, deepening participants’ connection to nature, adventure, music, and art.

Please keep reading for program information, and contact us with any questions:

Liza Hards, Director of Auxiliary Programs, Amelia Gold, Director of the Arts, James Kanal, Arts Division Administrator

Elisabeth Morrow School cello teacher Ani Kalayjian and students

Instrumental Ensemble Program

Our current instrumental musicians entering grades K–9 in the fall of 2022 will enjoy a focused and intensive week of practice, with guided lessons complemented by engaging athletic and artistic experiences to further develop their love of music, learning, adventure — and, of course, providing them with a wonderful opportunity to be together! Musical share will be on Friday, June 24, from 2–3 p.m.

Spaces are limited to 100 students for Senior Ensemble (Grades 4–9) and 20 for Junior Ensemble (Grades K–3).

Registration opens on April 6, and tuition is $700. All participants will receive a program t-shirt. Meals are not included; participants may bring lunch from home or order through the school lunch program. On Friday, June 24, we will have a pizza lunch for all students.

Summer Explorations students on a playground at Elisabeth Morrow School

Summer Adventures

For currently enrolled students who will be entering the three-year-old program through third grade in fall 2022, this program guides students through exploration and learning in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) with fun, engaging, and creative experiences.

Spaces are limited to 50 students. Learn more.

Registration opens on April 6, and tuition is $650. All participants will receive a program t-shirt. Meals are not included; participants may bring lunch from home or order through the school lunch program. On Friday, June 24, we will have a pizza lunch for all students.

Instrumental Ensemble Programs

In both the Junior and Senior Instrumental Ensemble programs, participants will enjoy an individualized music program that directly addresses their passions and interests, inspiring and moving them forward both artistically and personally. While deepening their learning in areas they feel passionate about, they’ll have many opportunities to also try something new.

Elisabeth Morrow School cello teacher Ani Kalayjian and students

Junior Instrumental Ensemble (Kindergarten–grade 3)

In the Junior Instrumental Ensemble program, students will have instrumental group lessons and ensemble classes as well as opportunities to experience multiple areas of the arts.

Qualifications: Open to EMS students entering Kindergarten–third grade in fall 2022 who currently play a string instrument.

Morrow House students playing cello at The Elisabeth Morrow School

Senior Instrumental Ensemble (Grades 4–9)

In the Senior Instrumental Ensemble program, students will have a hand in crafting an individual program that directly addresses their passions and interests. In addition to daily instrumental group lessons and ensemble classes, students will select three electives during the day focused on athletics, dance, film, STEAM, theater, and visual art.

Qualifications: Open to EMS students entering fourth through ninth grades in fall 2022 who currently play an instrument in the EMS ensemble, orchestra, band, or guitar programs.

Daily Schedule Samples

Junior Instrumental Ensemble (Kindergarten–grade 3)

Daily sample schedule:

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival
9–9:20 a.m. Morning meeting/warm-up
9:30–10:10 a.m. Instrumental music class 1
10:15–10:35 a.m. Snack
10:45–11:25 a.m. Art experience
11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Instrumental music class 2
12:20–12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:55–1:25 p.m. Movement experience
1:35–2:15 p.m. Instrumental music class 3
2:20–3 p.m. Class time
3:05 p.m. Dismissal

Senior Instrumental Ensemble (Grades 4–9)

Daily sample schedule:

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival 
9–9:20 a.m. Morning meeting/warm-up
9:30–10:10 a.m. Instrumental Music Class 1
10:15–10:35 a.m. Snack 
10:45–11:25 a.m. Elective 1 
11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Instrumental Music Class 2
12:20–12:50 p.m. Lunch 
12:55–1:25 p.m. Elective 2 
1:35–2:15 p.m. Instrumental Music Class 3
2:20–3 p.m. Elective 3 
3:05 p.m. Dismissal

Participants must choose three electives during the registration process.


GOAL! — Come learn and play some of the sports that are played at The Elisabeth Morrow School’s middle school: soccer, hockey, basketball, team handball, volleyball, and lacrosse.

Fun and Games — Have fun playing your favorite games: Capture the flag, Pin bombardment, Gaga, and more.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game — Learn new skills and build friendships while playing and having fun! Join us for softball, Wiffle ball, baseball, and kickball.


Styles of Dance — Learn a different style and combination of dance each day: jazz, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, theater dance, and tap.

Creating Choreography — Create your own work and, at the end of the week, teach your choreography to the class.


iOS Film for Young Cinematographers — Through daily workshops, gain a better understanding of how you can get the best out of your iPad for making movies with family and friends. BYO iPad to take your work home and tinker each day.

Storybook Narration in iMovie — Create a short storybook, complete with hand drawings, before capturing each image digitally and constructing an iMovie experience complete with voiceover! BYO iPad to take your work home and tinker each day.


Statistics in Sports — Sports fans use a player’s “stats” or “numbers” to determine a player’s value in the current market and over time. This course will explore a variety of formulas and correlations used during fans’ debates and negotiations around determining a player’s value.

Introduction to the Stock Market — Is your child familiar with the Dow Jones? The S&P 500? This course will provide an introduction to terms, products, analytical approaches, and techniques associated with the stock market and related investment items.

Transformations in Math — Transformations are a dynamic approach to math with applications in almost every branch. This course will explore how transformations are a part of plane geometry, coordinate geometry, graphing functions, and analyzing data.

Design Challenge — Calling all makers, designers, engineers, scientists, and curious learners: Engage in hands-on designing to create and test prototypes to solve real-world problems.


Musical Theater Workshop — Discover music from Broadway shows, then interpret your favorite song, sing it, and record it!

Make Your Own Mini Musical — Find out what it takes to write a musical from start to finish by writing and producing your own mini-musical.

Improvisation and Theater Games — Learn fun theater games through improvisation and have a great time creating character, thinking off the top of your head, and being goofy!

Visual Art

Fabric Mache Class – Put some of your nicest fabric scraps to work and make a dazzling fabric mache bowl.  Using recycled objects to make beautiful craft projects teaches children about respecting our environment by reusing and recycling items that would otherwise be thrown away.  Fabric bowls are bright, colorful, and extremely fun to make.  We will also experiment with different shapes and vessels beyond bowls.

Paper Bead Making – Create beautiful glazed paper beads out of decorative scrap papers.  This elective will show you how to upcycle scrap paper and create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Polymer Clay Sculpture – Explore the colorful and versatile world of polymer clay.  Sculpt your own creatures and create functional jewelry!  If you enjoy working with clay but don’t like the mess, this is perfect for you. Every art piece comes out unique each time and the possibilities are endless.

Program Faculty

Instrumental Music

Amelia Gold, James Kanal, Brittany Sklar, Lorra Baylis, Everhard Paredes, Misako Sato, Janey Choi, Seojin Yang, Isaac Park, Jon Boudrot, Clara Boudrot, Wayne Du Maine, Debbie Johns, John Ferrari, and Jon Roth

Arts and Athletics

Andy Escala, Cesar Rodriguez, Alex Diaz, Rebecca Sonia, Sarah Smith, Stephanie Nebel

Summer Adventures 

Our adventurers experience a variety of activities designed to bring out their sense of curiosity and adventure!

Activities include STEAM projects, arts and crafts, music, outdoor play, nature exploration, games, water play, and more.

  • Junior Adventurers are students entering the 3s program–Kindergarten in fall 2022.
  • Little Adventurers are students entering first and second grades in fall 2022.

Sample Schedule

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival 
9–9:15 a.m. Morning meeting 
9:15–10:00 a.m. Classroom time 
10–10:40 a.m. Snack/Recess 
10:45–11:25 a.m. Special Activity 
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch 
12:15–12:45 p.m. Recess 
12:50–1:30 p.m. Rest/Quiet Time 
1:30–2:50 p.m. Afternoon Adventures 
3 p.m. Dismissal

Health and Safety

During the program, we will follow guidance from public health officials as well as the EMS Medical and Dental Advisory Committee, meeting or exceeding all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The COVID-19 health and safety protocols developed under their guidance have been used successfully at EMS throughout the year. We will communicate detailed information about any updates to our protocols and procedures, in response to recommendations from public health officials and our own advisory committee, to families as we get closer to our start date.

The health and safety of our school community are our priority. If we are unable to run the program due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will issue full refunds to participants. Please note that we will only offer refunds if we are unable to run our program; we will not prorate days or provide tuition refunds for any other reason.

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