Summer Music Camps

Things to Know About Our Summer Music Institute


The primary purpose of the Summer Music Camps at Western Illinois University is to provide the best possible educational opportunity to young people for individual development in the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the fine art of music in a nurturing musical environment.


The required application form can be printed from the web site. Complete the form giving all the requested information. Submit to Summer Music Institute with the required advance registration fee of $85.

If you wish to APPLY ONLINE and make a credit card payment (advance registration fee or full payment), there is also a separate "secure" online registration format. The web site address is, and you select the appropriate link for the online application.

Do not confuse the downloadable/printable application form for mailing, which is also available from the web site, with the secure online registration format. The APPLICATION DEADLINEis 10 days prior to the beginning of applicable camp. If later, please phone immediately regarding late registration procedures - 309/298-1505, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The minimum grade level for a student to be eligible to apply for Summer Music Institute is to be entering the seventh grade in the fall of 2012. Acceptance is based upon the recommendation of his/her director or teacher.

A student entering the ninth grade in the fall of 2012 may choose to apply for a senior highcamp based upon the recommendation of his/her director or teacher. Someone entering the first year of college in the fall may also apply.


Camp fees include room and board, instruction, camp picture, and camp tee-shirt. Fees do not include private lessons or accident and health insurance.

(See paragraphs relating to Private Lessons and Health Services.)


A commuting student's fees are $125 less for all camps except the specialty camps, which are $50less. Commuter fees include instruction only; meals are available on a cash-per-meal basis.


If you have attended Summer Music Camp at Western Illinois University in the past, you will be entitled to a discount of $25.


An advance registration fee of $85must accompany any application to hold a space in the camp regardless of any scholarship consideration.


The remainder of fees must be paid no later than the day of registration but, preferably, prior to arrival at camp.


The advance registration fee of $85 will be forfeited unless a written request for a refund is postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed no later than 10days prior to the opening day of the applicable camp session.


Students are urged to apply early. The camps are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, providing all other requirements are met. Enrollment is limited by instrumentation needs. You will be notified of your acceptance or rejection.


Those accepted will receive an e-mail with several attachments or a packet will be mailed, if an e-mail address is not provided, approximately three weeks before the pertinent session containing information about what to bring, arrival time, rules and regulations, a map of the WIU campus, the medical form (you will bring the completed form with you on the day of registration; it does not require a doctor's examination, only completion by your parents or guardians), a receipt for payment of the advance registration fee, and a listing of motels should parents and/or families need overnight lodging accommodations.


Each of the various camps has differing audition requirements (none required for Drum Major and Specialty Camps). Auditions are held upon arrival on the opening day of the session for placement or seating within an ensemble (e.g., first chair for concert band or orchestra, vocal section in a choir camp, etc.).

Individuals should check carefully the requirements of the camp they desire to attend by checking the web site links.



Students are supervised throughout their camp session in all activities - recreational and educational. The camps meet or exceed the recommended ratio of counselor to camper.

The counseling staff is a committed, dedicated, and caring group of young men and women who have experienced camps both as students and as counselors.


Camp clinicians include our renowned WIU School of Music faculty along with outstanding elementary and secondary educators from throughout the United States. Each is a recognized leader in the music education/pedagogy field.



The camp schedule varies by individual camp. The daily schedule allows for six periods of instruction and rehearsal, evening activities, and recreation.


An opportunity will be provided for students in Senior High Concert Band Camp, Senior High Vocal/Choral Camp, Senior High Orchestra Camp, Junior High Concert Band Camp, Junior High Vocal/Choral Camp, and Junior-Senior High Jazz Camp to take a half-hour private lesson with a specialist during recreation time during the week.

An additional $15.00 must be paid directly to the instructor for the lesson ( do notinclude this payment when submitting your regular camp fees). Space in each studio will be limited, and we must assign students to instructors on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This will be an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable insights and skills essential to their future musical development. Please indicate on the application form your desire to take a private lesson.



Local organizations in a student's community (music boosters, women's clubs, Rotary, Catholic Charities, etc.) will often provide scholarship money for students to attend a music camp.

For any scholarships which may be made available through Summer Music Institute, please check our web site for this information and application form "application form".


Summer Music Camp sessions are scheduled in the University Union Building, Browne Hall, Sallee Hall (School of Music/Bands Area/Summer Music Institute headquarters), College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall, and in various outdoor areas.

All buildings are air-conditioned and are within a walking distance from the residence hall. Transportation will be provided when necessary.


Summer Music Institute participants will be housed in a residence hall on campus. WIU's residence halls are air-conditioned. Excellent, all-you-can-eat meals will be offered in a residence hall dining hall and/or the University Union.


For commuters wishing to have lunch and dinner at the cafeteria, these meals may be purchased on a cash-per-meal basis from the residence hall desk.

Evening Activities


A two-hour recreational period is scheduled daily with organized activities such as volleyball, softball, basketball, tennis, etc. This time may also be used for organized practice time, supervised relaxation time, and/or private lesson.


Each evening after the last rehearsal session, students gather for various activities such as talent night, movie night, dance night, and faculty recitals. All evening activities are organized and supervised by the counseling staff.


Services for the treatment of health problems are available through the Beu Health Center on campus or the local medical community on a fee-for-service basis. Services available at the Beu Health Center include examination and consultation by a healthcare provider, laboratory, x-ray, and pharmacy. Payment must be made at the time of service or insurance information must be provided for billing purposes.

The medical form to be completed by parent(s) or guardian(s) requires information relating to insurance billing. Any charges not covered by insurance will become the responsibility of the parents or guardian(s).


All campers will be provided with a camp tee-shirt at no extra charge. On the application form, be sure to indicate your shirt size so that we may order the correct number of sizes needed. Shirts will be adult sizes.


Due to royalty and copyright restrictions, a recording of each final performance will not be available.


Each camp will have a final demonstration, concert, or recital for peers, faculty, family, and friends. Some of the Specialty Camps may have a demonstration on the final camp day (Sunday) at 11:00 a.m.

The Drum Major and Jazz Camps will have final performances on Friday afternoon. All other camps have a recital/concert on Saturday morning.

There is no admission charge, and parents, directors, friends, and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Announcement of final performance/concert/recital times will be listed in a camper's packet.



You can print an application form from the website, or you can apply online at the website and this will require a credit card payment. Be sure to read carefully the information, Things to Know About Our Summer Music Institute.

If anyone wishes for printed materials to be mailed, please let us know.


If you have any questions or concerns, please call (309) 298-1505, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or write to:

MACOMB, IL 61455-1390
Fax: (309) 298-1499

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