Summer Music Camps Resource List

(Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin & Michigan)

This list is by no means all-inclusive.  It is designed to share with parents a list of some of the most popular music camps District 99 musicians have attended over the years.  

Music For All Summer Symposium

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Join us for the nation’s most exciting summer music camp for band and orchestra students! The Music for All Summer Symposium is for high school band and orchestra students, as well as high school and middle school band directors.

Students, spend an inspired, fun week with renowned teachers, exciting artists and fellow campers from across the country, and even from around the world. You’ll not only grow as a musician and performer, you’ll have a positively life-changing experience.  98% of all student evaluations received said that their overall impression of the Summer Symposium met their expectations and 91% said the Symposium exceeded their expectations. 100% would recommend it to their friends.

Parents, we know you are looking for a safe environment for your child, with exceptional teaching from distinguished faculty. You also are looking for value. The Music for All Summer Symposium provides lodging, meals, tuition, materials, speakers and concerts for a reasonable cost that is far exceeded in value and impact.

Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp

ISYM is one of the most highly regarded and well-known summer music programs in the United States. Large wind/band and string ensembles as well as intensive, specialized instrumental programs are available for senior and junior high participants. Each seven day session takes place on the Big Ten campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Indiana University Summer Music Clinic

The Indiana University Summer Music Clinic is among the longest running and most highly respected music camps of its kind in the country. Set against the backdrop of one of the nations most beautiful campuses, the Clinic is a dynamic seven day musical experience that regularly draws high school string, brass, woodwind and percussion students from throughout the United States. With a primary focus on outstanding ensemble performances, students will have the opportunity to work with an instrumental faculty comprised of nationally recognized conductors, teachers, and performers. Students live in university housing with final concerts presented in the Musical Arts Center.

Indiana University - College Audition Preparation

For vocalists, jazz musicians, brass players, and woodwind players who are planning to apply for entrance to college music programs, College Audition Preparation offers intense study with your future college audition panel members...or at least people just like them. You will learn what they think and what they want to hear. We teach you how to walk into a room and make them trip over themselves to invite you to your dream school! Topics include: private study, interview skills, career options, and a mock audition.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,300 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program annually serves more than 5,300 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students and countless concert-goers

University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic

Join other junior or high school music students for a week of creative skill-building and performance in band, orchestra, choir, musical theater and jazz ensemble. Concert groups rehearse throughout the week and your family and friends are invited to the final concerts. Classes are designed to help you polish your ensemble and individual performance skills with a variety of music-related topics and techniques. Evening concerts and after-class recreation round out an exciting and dynamic music camp experience. Evening concerts are a mix of guest performing artists, student and faculty recitals.

Recreation choices for residential campers are upbeat, creative activities led by enthusiastic teams of counselors. Choose from the standard offerings of sports and arts and crafts to aerobics, board games, jam sessions or the hot weather field day that includes nontraditional games such as a water-balloon competition.

University of Wisconsin, White-Water - Summer Music Camps

We help campers strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge and emphasize ensemble and personal performance improvement. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge on their specific instrument, the expressive qualities of music, and ways to broaden or focus their interest in music. We also create a positive environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends.

Northern Illinois University Jazz Camp

This exciting camp is for enthusiastic jazz musicians of all skill levels who want to focus on a creative approach to improvisation and ensemble playing. This camp is jam-packed with performing, learning, and listening, and is for musicians who want to improve their understanding and performance of the jazz tradition.

Campers attend rehearsals, seminars, master classes, jam sessions, sectionals, and group classes, all taught by renowned NIU jazz faculty, alumni, and students. Concerts, optional private lessons, and recreational activities fill the evening hours.

Campers participate in classes on jazz improvisation and jazz theory and attend instrument master classes that focus on specific techniques for performing jazz and related music. All-camp seminars include discussions on jazz styles and the business of music.

Midwest Young Artists - Summer Camps

Since its founding in 1993, Midwest Young Artists has garnered a reputation among professional musicians and educators as a place for students to come to:

MYA offers a full-curriculum pre-college music school with 8 youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, 4 choral groups, an all-inclusive jazz program, a wind symphony, an early childhood education program, and classes in music theory and composition. MYA musicians are given multiple performance opportunities, both on concert tours, and in major venues throughout Chicago including the Civic Opera House, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston, among others. Voices Rising, our choral ensemble for grades 5-8, has performed at the United Nations, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and has been the children’s vocal ensemble for the CSO’s Welcome Yule concerts for the past five years.  Our Jazz Program has a special Jazz in January weekend where students work all weekend with jazz artists including Rufus Reid, Sean Jones, Dick Oates, Orbert Davis, and Victor Goines who then perform with the students in a sizzling concert on Sunday evening.