Dear OWU Summer Music Camp staff and families,

Regretfully, I write to announce the cancellation of the 2020 OWU Summer Music Camp in response to COVID-19 health concerns. The safety of our staff and campers is the top priority and unfortunately, at this time we’re unable to provide for your safety while also maintaining the quality experience we established last year.

The tentative date for next year’s OWU Summer Music Camp is July 11-16, 2021 (with day camp available July 12-16, 2021).

We were tentatively expecting about 140 campers this summer and letting go of the fun, enriching camp that could have happened is hard to do. But let’s think of this as a temporary setback until next year. Though these are difficult times, the power of music is an amazing force that brings people from all walks of life together, even while we’re apart.

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

Sincerely yours,

Rich Edwards
Director, OWU Summer Music Camp

For students in band, choir, or orchestra (grade 6-12)

Early Scholarship Application Due Date: March 2, 2020

Final Scholarship Application Due Date: April 3, 2020

EARLY CAMP REGISTRATION DUE DATE: April 3, 2020 ($25 Discount)



The 2020 OWU Summer Music Camp is for high school and middle school students in band, choir, and orchestra (grades 6-12). We define grade level as the most recent grade your child completed as of July 1, 2020.  Fifth graders are eligible to participate in day camp. Only 6th – 12th graders may participate in overnight camp.

Camp Description

Discover your passion in the performing arts, develop skills to succeed as a musician, and make beautiful memories on Ohio Wesleyan’s scenic campus in Delaware, Ohio. Expert guidance from our staff helps students take their musicianship to the next level as they participate in ability-appropriate large ensemble rehearsals every day at camp in band, choir, or orchestra.

Students also choose from a menu of electives to tailor a unique camp experience around their favorite music interests including options like chamber music, jazz, rock, classical, musical theatre, composition lessons, private lessons, or a cappella. Additional daily activities include supervised rec time, meals in OWU dining halls, and All Camp Gatherings featuring performances by our talented staff, students, and campers.

The week concludes on Friday, July 10, 2020 with two Grand Finale Concerts: one for middle school ensembles and one for high school ensembles. Both concerts will feature an all-genres combined performance written exclusively for the OWU Summer Music Camp!

Note to Overnight Campers: If we reach maximum enrollment, then middle school students will reside in Stuyvesant Hall and high school students will reside in OWU’s Small Living Unit houses.

Air-conditioned facilities are used for all rehearsals, classes, concerts, and residences. Daily supervised recreation activities include outdoor events (yard games, swimming, pickle ball), indoor events (board games, D&D, arts & crafts, quiet time for reading), and of course, you can always head to the practice rooms for jam sessions, sectionals, or focusing on your target passages.

Activity Selection Process

  1. Choose Your Large Ensemble
    All campers will participate in a large ensemble with two 1-hour rehearsals each day. Students should select the most appropriate genre for their age group and experience level in band, choir, or orchestra.
  2. Choose Your Electives
    Students will participate in four different music electives selected from a variety of performance activities and academic music classes. You may select as many elective options as you wish on your camp application, but the daily camp schedule will only allow four 1-hour elective time slots. To help us place you in your preferred activities, the camp application will invite you to identify your top choice electives (Tier 1), and your second choice electives (Tier 2). High School students may select an additional senior ensemble as one of their electives.
  3. Private Lesson Option (additional $20 per lesson)
    For students seeking one-on-one specialized instruction, a 30-minute lesson with applied music faculty is a popular option. Lessons are available on voice and all ensemble instruments, plus piano and guitar.

Sample Schedule: Monday-Thursday (July 6-9, 2020)

NOTE: The Day Camper schedule may be modified for early pick ups, but we request a minimum participation from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM for all ensembles and electives.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (overnight campers only)
7:45 a.m. Day-camper check-in till 8:15 a.m.
8:30 a.m. Elective #1
9:30 a.m. Large Ensemble Rehearsal
10:30 a.m. Elective #2
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Elective #3
1:30 p.m. Large Ensemble Rehearsal
2:30 p.m. Elective #4
3:30 p.m. Rec Time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Camp families meet together prior to Music Share
7:00 p.m. Staff/Camper “Music Share Hour” at the All Camp Gathering
8:00 p.m. Day-camper pickup; Residential campers return to dorms for snacks, games, or jam sessions
9:30 p.m. Camp family games and group reflection
10:30 p.m. Lights Out

Sample Friday Schedule (July 10, 2020)

NOTE: The Friday schedule may be modified to accommodate dress rehearsal logistics for all ensembles and electives.
ALL CONCERTS will start no earlier than 4:00 PM and conclude no later than 7:00 PM.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (overnight campers only)
7:45 a.m. Day-camper check-in till 8:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. Overnight campers: check-out and place belongings in secure storage areas
8:30 a.m. Elective #1
9:30 a.m. Large Ensemble Dress Rehearsal
10:30 a.m. Elective #2
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Elective #3
1:30 p.m. Large Ensemble Dress Rehearsal
2:30 p.m. Elective #4
3:30 p.m. Report to designated locations for Grand Finale Concerts
4:00 p.m.
  • Middle School Campers: Grand Finale Concert (Chappelear Auditorium).
  • High School Campers: Dinner
5:30 p.m.
  • High School Campers: Grand Finale Concert (Chappelear Auditorium)
  • Middle School Campers: Dinner (or early check out from Chappelear)
7:00 p.m. All performances will conclude and all campers will be dismissed by 7:00 PM.
Safe travels home! See you next year!!!

Camp Fees

Overnight Camp Package: $525*

6 days, 5 nights, 15 meals, air-conditioned facilities and residences, expert instruction, supervision, recreation, and health care. Report for check-in on July 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Day Camp Package: $325*

5 days, 10 meals, air-conditioned facilities, expert instruction, supervision, recreation, and health care. Daily check-in begins July 6, 2020 at 7:45 AM. Daily check-out is at 8:00 PM. If your family schedule requires a day camper to leave early, the minimum expected schedule is 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM, but this would miss out on rec time, dinner, and the daily All Camp Gathering Music Event.

*Early Bird Day Camp registration = $25 discount if submitted by April 3, 2020.

Scholarships Available!

Scholarship funds are available for students who would be unable to attend camp without additional financial assistance. Please complete a camper application before submitting a scholarship application.

All eligible applicants who apply by the March 2, 2020 deadline will be considered by the scholarship fund committee which is comprised of OWU faculty, staff, students, and camp parents.

Upon receipt of your scholarship application, notifications will be sent via email to all applicants by March 16, 2020.

Apply Now

2020 OWU Summer Music Camp Poster (PDF)