Summer Band Camps

Music camp is a GREAT opportunity for students to improve music skills, continue playing during the summer months, make new friends, and HAVE FUN!  As many students will attest to, a music camp also helps motivate them for the upcoming school year and beyond.

Camps traditionally have professional and collegiate musicians on their staff, as well as top-notch music educators that provide invaluable motivational and musical training for young musicians.   A list of the camps in our area are below: 

“Professional Summer Camps”

  • Interlochen Summer Arts Camp – Music, art, dance, theater, creative writing, and more for grades 3-12!  See their video of Arts Camp 2011.
  •  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp – Music plus art, dance, and theater!  For students in grades 5-12.  Campers choose from 10 different majors and 26 minor areas of study to create their camp experience.
  •  Birch Creek Music Center – Symphony orchestra, jazz, percussion, and steel band.  Individualized instruction, small & large ensembles, seminars, and specialized classes.

Illinois-area Music Camps

  • Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM), the summer music camp at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  A comprehensive curriculum, rehearsals, sectionals, masterclasses, and evening activities for junior high and high school students.
  • Western Illinois University – WIU School of Music faculty, junior high & high school music educators, ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, small ensembles & solo opportunities for specialty camps, optional private lessons, recreation activities, evening entertainment, and concert/ final performances for all camps.
  • Illinois State University – Concert band & string project for junior high students.  Concert band, drum major, dance, drumline, and color guard for high school students.
  • Elmhurst Summer Music Camp – a five day summer chamber music festival for strings, winds, brass, and percussion, where your creativity takes center stage!  In addition to conservatory-level instruction for your instrument and chamber ensemble, you can participate in special seminars on topics including Composition and related computer programs, Preparing for College Applications and Auditions, Working in A Recording Studio and more.
  • Eastern Illinois University – Band, choir, strings, jazz, and piano camps.
  •  Illinois Wesylan University – Cello and Chamber music camps for students in grades 7-12.
  • Northern Illinois University – Rehearsals, seminars, master classes, jam sessions, sectionals, and group classes, all taught by NIU jazz faculty, alumni, and students. Concerts, optional private lessons, and recreational activities fill the evening hours.  Grades 8-12
  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) – Grade 7-12.  Refine your musical skills during daily rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts.  Students may take part in HS and JHS Band Camp, Jazz Improv, Drum Major, and Marching Percussion Camp.
  • Chicago Chamber Music Workshop – Camp for serious music students in grades 7-12.  Students take part in chamber music study and performances.
  • Northwestern University – Music Theatre camp for high school students at one of the elite music conservatories in the country.

Local Chicago-Area Music Camps

  • Sherwood Conservatory – Sherwood’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop is open to talented young musicians ages 11-18 that play piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe or clarinet.
  • Midwest Young Artists Summer Music Camps – Chamber music, jazz, flute, clarinet, bass, and early music.  Week long workshops for junior high/high school students.  Also, evening jazz big band, orchestra, and wind symphony.
  • Dr. Cate’s Flute Camp – Flute choir, technique classes, small ensembles, special guests/projects, and private lessons.  For students in grades 7-10.

Out-of-state Music Camps (Wisconsin, Indian, Iowa)