BE A PART OF THE
BIGGEST ROCK BAND EXPERIENCE.
THE ACADEMY OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
YOUTH MUSIC PERFORMANCE CAMP AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
Play with a band. Grow with a band.
The Academy of Musical Performance is a contemporary music education program whose goal is to enrich the lives of young musicians living in the Coachella Valley by fostering productivity and social responsibility through creativity, communication and collaboration in the development and enhancement of musical performance and concert production skills through participation in a "rock band" style educational setting.
AMP is known for its outstanding summer program, AMP Summer Camp, featuring the Valley's top musicians teaching, in small rock band format, Coachella Valley's young musicians in their performance and concert production skills through rehearsals, workshops, individual instruction, and live performances. Due to high demand, AMP added an after-school program in 2016, AMP Jams, to continue the rock band education and experience throughout the school year. AMP students have now played at major venues and events such as the Stagecoach Music Festival, Pappy and Harriet's, Tachevah, the McCallum Theatre, PBS' Celebration of Music, the 111 Music Festival, the Tamale Festival, the Date Shed, the Hard Rock, the Hood, Big Rock Pub, the Tour de Palm Springs, and many more.
AMP was created in 2015 by a committee of volunteers involved with Coachella Valley Community Trust, with seed funding by a grant from Goldenvoice. You will see many additional sponsors to our program below. In addition, the AMP Committee is dedicated to the fundraising process.
President & CEO: Kate Spates
Music Director: Will Sturgeon
Performance Director: Humberto Vela
Outreach Chair: Camille Arujo
Secretary: Cherise Sonderman
Boards Chairperson: Roman Whittaker
AMP runs after-school programming year-round, as well as our flagship intensive summer camp program. Read more about what we offer here.
AMP Jams Spring (Jan-May)
AMP Summer Camp (Jun-July)
AMP Jams Fall (Sept-Dec)
AMP is open to students interested performing on:
Orchestral Instruments (on a case-by-case basis)
To join AMP Summer Camp:
Live auditions for the 2018 Summer AMP Camp are coming up! AMP Summer is open to all musicians in the Coachella Valley going into 6th-12th grade.
AMP Summer Camp 2018 Audition Dates (location TBA):
- March 24
- April 7
- May 6
To join AMP Jams:
To be considered for our AMP Jams after-school program, please fill out an Interest Form to be on the waitlist. If AMP has the capacity for new musicians, we will reach out to you about auditions. If not, we will continue to update you about future ways to join our community!
In 2015, AMP was created from an idea by CVCT board member, Roman Whittaker, who pitched it to Goldenvoice for sponsorship. Always committed to supporting the youth of the Coachella Valley, Goldenvoice loved the concept and wanted to make it possible for students to attend at no cost to families. Thanks to their generous support and the hard work of the committee, camp was offered tuition free to all 36 students who were accepted into the program!
Many of the students who were accepted had never played in a band. That first week, the students were split into 4 bands and practiced daily along with other elective classes in music theory, songwriting, promotion and production. They received a broad view into the music industry.
Many of the stories from the students and their parents and loved ones were stories of how their confidence grew and they blossomed and matured. It was an overwhelming success from our supporters and the community at large. We are delighted to bring another year to the youth of the Coachella Valley. Take a look at our poster from last year and some of the testimonials from our students below.
Be an AMP Musician!
- Submit the Interest Form below (or on our Contact page) to receive information about upcoming AMP programs and to let us know you're interested.
Be an instructor!
- We're always looking for instructors that want to share their performance knowledge and wisdom with our young musicians! Send your bio and performance video links to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a Sponsor/Community Partner!
Hire an AMP band for your event!
- Our young musicians thrive on performance! Email us at email@example.com with your event info (audience expected, date/times of your event) and we'll have one of our AMP coordinators contact you!
Donate to our AMP Program
Academy of Musical Performance
73-525 El Paseo, Ste. 2516
Palm Desert, CA 92260-4348
Send an email to email firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know how you want to get involved.
Apply to AMP
If you are a young musician (or parent) interested in being involved in our AMP Summer Camp or our year-round AMP Jams program, please fill out the AMP Interest Form below and we will follow up you about the process to get you involved!
URL link to AMP Interest Form (better for mobile browsing): https://goo.gl/forms/rOdFQqlq7wqc4Jdw2