Discover your passion! All students will select an ability-appropriate large ensemble (band, choir, or orchestra). Students also choose from a menu of elective performance activities and interactive music history style classes. Additional daily activities include supervised recreation time, meals in OWU dining halls, and All Camp Gathering performances featuring our talented staff, students, and campers.

Activity Selection Process (PLEASE READ!)

  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 interest, age group, and experience level in band, choir, or orchestra.
  2. Choose Your Electives
    Each day at camp, students will also 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 large 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.

LARGE ENSEMBLE OPTIONS (Band, Choir, or Orchestra)

Concert Band

Join the band! Each ensemble will rehearse a variety of music styles and wind band repertoire appropriate to your ability and experience level. Daily rehearsals lead up to a performance at the Grand Finale Concert. Seating is limited to available instrumentation for each section of the ensemble. 

Beginning Band

Intended for students with at least one year of experience playing a band instrument.

Junior Band

Intended for students with two-three years of experience playing a band instrument. Or, students with less experience may apply for this ensemble based on the strong recommendation of their music teacher.

Senior Band

Intended for students in grades 9-12 with three or more years experience playing their instrument. Or, students with less experience may apply for this ensemble based on the strong recommendation of their music teacher.


Choir

Everybody sing! Each group will rehearse a variety of music styles and choral repertoire appropriate to students’ ability and experience level. Daily rehearsals polish your choir skills leading to a performance at the Grand Finale Concert. Seating is limited to available vocal parts in the ensemble. 

Junior Chorus

Intended for students in grades 6-8 with at least one year experience singing in chorus.

Senior Chorus

Intended for students in grades 9-12 with two or more years experience singing in chorus.


Orchestra

Celebrate the classics! Each group will rehearse a variety of music styles and orchestral repertoire appropriate to students’ ability and experience level. Daily rehearsals polish your ensemble skills leading to a performance at the Grand Finale Concert. Seating is limited to available instrumentation for each section of the ensemble. Music teacher recommendation is required. Wind and percussion instruments in full orchestra by audition only.

Beginning Strings

Intended for students with one year of experience playing a string instrument.

Junior Strings

Intended for students with two-three years of experience playing a string instrument. Or, students with less experience than this may apply for this ensemble based on the strong recommendation of their music teacher.

Senior Full Orchestra

Intended for students in grades 9-12, or with three or more years experience playing a string instrument.

Woodwind, brass, and percussion students may apply for the senior full orchestra as one of their elective ensemble activities.


ELECTIVE OPTIONS

You may select as many elective options as you wish on your camp application, but the daily camp schedule will only allow four elective activities. 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).

Jazz Band

Junior Jazz Band

Learn the basics of what you need to play jazz as you perform beginning jazz works, learn jazz rhythms, and beginning jazz improvisation. Daily rehearsals conclude with a gig at the Grand Finale Concert. Open to students playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum set, piano, guitar, or bass.

Senior Jazz Band

Hone your jazz skills on intermediate-advanced arrangements, learn advanced jazz rhythms, and enhance your improvisation skills. Daily rehearsals conclude with a gig at the Grand Finale Concert. Senior Jazz Band features enrollment for standard jazz instruments with students who have completed grade 9-12 (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum set, piano, guitar, bass). Ensemble capacity = 17.


Rock Band

Learn the essentials of how to play rock and roll. Groups will focus on transcribing cover tunes, rock history, standard chord progressions, basic theory, and gig promotion. Daily rehearsals conclude with a gig at the Grand Finale Concert. Prerequisite: Students must sing or play a rock instrument (guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard). 

  • Junior Rock Band: For students with one to two years experience performing on rock instruments or vocals.
  • Senior Rock Band: For students with three or more years experience performing on rock instruments or vocals.

Chamber Music

The joy of chamber music is based on individual expression in small performing groups. There is no conductor and you are the only one on your part as each musician listens carefully and learns to play as a team. You’ll hear your sound better than in an orchestra or concert band. In chamber music each player will develop leadership skills, teamwork, responsibility, and creativity as you hone your musical identity. Daily rehearsals and activities will feature classical repertoire leading to a performance at the Grand Finale Concert. Open to all instrumental musicians with a placement audition on the first day of camp to place students in the group that best matches their ability and experience:

  • Junior Chamber Groups: Intended for students with one to two years of experience playing their instrument.
  • Senior Chamber Groups: Intended for students with three or more years of experience playing their instrument. Or, students with less experience than this may apply based on the strong recommendation of their music teacher.

Genre Options Include:

  • Chamber Music Strings
  • Chamber Music Woodwinds
  • Chamber Music Brass
  • Percussion Ensemble

A Cappella

Discover the thrill of singing vocal harmony in small groups. Structured for both beginning and experienced a cappella vocalists. Students will learn how to form a group, create arrangements, lead rehearsals, and polish their performance. Daily rehearsals will feature current and popular styles of music leading to a performance at the grand finale concert. 

  • Junior A Cappella: Intended for students with one to two years of chorus or A Cappella performance experience.
  • Senior A Cappella: Intended for students with three or more years of chorus or A Cappella performance experience. Or, students with less experience than this may apply based on the strong recommendation of their music teacher.

Style Classes

Hear great works and learn stories about artists who created music that shaped an entire style of expression. Featuring OWU music faculty, 2020 offers a more in-depth curriculum with each style class running as a 5-day course for the duration of camp.

Classical Music

Who were the great composers and what is it about their music that keeps us listening years later?

Film Music

Chills, thrills, and themes. How does music at the movies pull us into the story in such a powerful way?

Jazz History

How did a blend of African and European musical traditions combine to form a distinctly American style based on improvisation?

Musical Theatre

The stage. The spotlight. The songs. What makes musical theater such a beloved performance tradition?

Rock History

How did a mixture of blues, country, jazz, and pop music lead to a rebellious style that’s a cornerstone of modern culture?


Composition Studio

Young composers will work in small groups to create a new musical work guided by a story or theme of their choosing, then perform their pieces with instruments, voices, and found objects. Students will choose a track to develop and share their work. Every student will go home with a copy of their score and a video/audio recording of their in-class performance. Lessons are designed to adapt to all experience levels from beginners to advanced composers.

Graphic Notation Composition

In the Graphic Scores track, we will use invented drawings and symbols to write down and share our ideas—perfect for both experienced students who want to think “outside the box” and for those new to music reading.

Standard Notation Composition

Students in the Traditional Notation track should have prior experience reading and writing music on the staff.


Private Lessons

  • Alto Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Baritone/Euphonium
  • Bass (electric or string bass)
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Guitar (electric or acoustic)
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

 


Recreation Activities

In addition to lots of ensembles and electives, a variety of rec time fun is planned as well. Summer Music Camp offers daily recreation activities to chill out or thrill out with indoor and outdoor options. Here are just some of the supervised activities campers may sign up for to participate in during Summer Music Camp:

  • Outside games (e.g., 9 Square in the Air, Capture the Flag)
  • Swimming
  • Pickle ball
  • Inside games (e.g., Machi Koro, Magic The Gathering, Ticket to Ride, Forbidden Island, Citadels, etc. – we’ve got a lot of options here)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dungeons & Dragons campaigns: We have a local Delaware DM who runs popular D&D day camps with the YMCA and the United Way with us at rec time to help beginners get started and advanced players level up their favorite characters.
  • Chill time: A good book in a quiet place. We have some really good spots for that on campus.
  • Practice Rooms and Jam Sessions: Still itching to figure out the target passage? Want to prep your group for the All Camp Gathering Music Share? We can help with that.