Summer Music Camps and Festivals

WIU Summer Music Institute

Western Illinois University Summer Music Institute

Macomb, Illinois

Summer sessions include concert band camp, vocal choral camp, orchestra camp, piano, drum majors, jazz combo camp, and instrumental studio. Age levels from junior high through senior high school

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ISYM: Illinois Summer Youth Music

Urbana, Illinois

For an excellent, affordable, and local musical experience, take a look at ISYM through the University of Illinois. ISYM offers programs for both the developing as well as the advanced musician.

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Illinois Chamber Music Festival

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

This program is designed for young musicians who wish to participate in intensive chamber music training. The schedule consists of daily coaching, rehearsals, master classes, and performances by students and faculty. Other studies and activities include singing, international dance, tennis, and swimming. A number of SVYS students have attended this excellent festival.

IWU also offers a Cello Camp.

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Eureka College

Youth Strings Camp at Eureka

Eureka, Illinois, near Peoria

Maestro David Commanday, Artist in Residence at Eureka College, directs the Summer program and the orchestra, joined by a faculty of Heartland Festival Orchestra’s principals, who will coach and play side-by-side in the orchestra for the final performance. Every day’s schedule includes orchestra and small group rehearsals, performance and theory classes, and free social time. Resident campers stay in double rooms in the new, state-of-the-art Ivy Residence Hall on the Eureka campus.

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Eureka College

Junior Strings Camp at Eureka

Eureka, Illinois, near Peoria

The Eureka College Summer Arts Festival offers a day camp for younger and/or less advanced string players, grades 5 through 8, with an emphasis on fundamentals of tone production, rhythm, intonation, and ensemble playing.

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American Suzuki Institute

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

The American Suzuki Institute (ASI) is a family-oriented Suzuki music summer program for students, parents, and teachers of all ages, instruments, and levels who value individualized musical and personal growth.

SVYS students and families have attended this rewarding institute.

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

Summer Arts Program in Northern Michigan

For generations, students from all over the world have gone to Interlochen to study music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, motion picture arts, and dance. Learn from amazing artists and educators, be inspired by our scenic campus, and create with other students who share your passion for the arts.

SVYS students have attended Interlochen and have formed lifelong friendships.

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Chamber Strings at Eureka

Adult Chamber Groups, String Orchestra, and Camaraderie

Eureka, Illinois, near Peoria

Be a part of a three-day festival of string-playing and musical fellowship on the charming campus of Eureka College. Rehearse and perform chamber music and string orchestra repertoire. The program is designed with community orchestra string musicians in mind.

Very popular with SVCO and other Springfield area adult community musicians!

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Johns Hopkins

Advanced Summer Festivals

If you are planning to be a music major in college, there are a large number of advanced summer festivals to choose from.

You might consider the Aspen Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Festival,the Brevard Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, and many others. Here's a comprehensive list from the Peabody Institute...

Your music teacher or SVYS conductor can offer guidance in choosing one.

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Answer 10 questions to help you identify a summer festival or camp for you.

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