About Friends Music Camp

"FMC is ultimately cool and potentially life-changing."

Campers at FMC are young people who wish to pursue musical excellence while participating in a caring community.
They come with a variety of musical experience: some advanced, others near-beginners.  All are committed to work hard on their music and treasured for what they have to share and their capacity to learn and grow.

Enrollment is open to young people ages 10 to 18 of all backgrounds, who have had at least one year of lessons on their chosen instrument, or who have participated in a school band, orchestra or choir program for at least one year. The number of Quaker campers has ranged from 50-85%. In recent years, campers have come from about 20 states and several foreign countries. 

FMC takes place each summer on the campus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.  We offer lessons in all band and orchestra instruments, as well as piano, voice and guitar.  In addition to lessons, campers participate in the camp chorus and a musical, and sign up for two or three classes of their choosing.  Campers have the opportunity to perform in weekly recitals and may audition to perform on our annual benefit concert in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  FMC's schedule includes non-music activities, including a canoe trip, a party at the town pool and a trip to a nearby water park.

Friends Music Camp was started in 1980 by friends (and Friends) Peg Champney and Jean Putnam.  Seventeen campers attended the first year. Currently, 50 campers and 17 staff people attend each summer.

Visit these links to learn more about:

Our Staff / Our Location / Music at FMC / Quakerism at FMC / Fun and community