Announces NEW Location for Summer Program and Prepares for May 7 Open Call

Academy of Musical Performance (AMP), a Coachella Valley Community Trust program, announced a new location for its second annual summer Youth Music Performance Camp to be at Shadow Hills High School Performing Arts Center, located at 39-225 Jefferson Street in Indio.

The program is designed for young musicians and singers seeking a hands-on music experience as well as those who are interested in stage production, lighting, event management, and promotion. Coachella Valley students completing the 6th grade through 11th grade in June 2016 can now sign up for open call at

“The first open call on April 2 was well attended and we were excited about the talented musicians who performed. Many returned from last year and clearly have been practicing and improving tremendously.” exclaimed Kate Spates, AMP Program Director. The second and final open call will take place at Indio High School Performing Arts Center, located at 81-750 Avenue 46, on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AMP is seeking talented musicians and singers, including students proficient in vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drum set, percussion, brass, woodwind, electronic mixing/DJs; and students interested in the technical and production side of performance.


On the day of open call, students will meet the judges, AMP committee members and the music director for the program. Judges will ask questions and students can perform either a song or a mash-up of songs, not to exceed five minutes. Based on skill level and commitment, 40 students will be selected to participate in the three-week program, which begins on June 27 and runs through July 15. While tuition is valued at $1,500, the fee is set at $399, with full scholarships available. No talented student will be turned away based on ability to pay tuition.

AMP’s judge and Assistant Music Director, Will Sturgeon and his band Brightener played an afternoon set at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on weekend 1 in front of many locals who were delighted a local band had the opportunity to play the internationally recognized festival. “Will was involved with our camp last year and related to the students as a desert native and they certainly respected him with his USC music school education.” Spates adds, “his band sounded amazing and how great for our AMP students to work with someone who has been on a Coachella stage! He is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Students accepted into the program will be announced on May 14 with the first day of camp starting on June 27. The program is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A final showcase performance on July 16 will be open to the public at Shadow Hills High School Performing Arts Center.

AMP was created in 2015 by a committee of volunteers involved with Coachella Valley Community Trust, and is made possible by grant funding from Goldenvoice. For more information about Academy of Musical Performance visit For more information about Coachella Valley Community Trust visit or call (760) 863-2333.