School of Music 2024 Summer Camp

Jul 14 – 19



Enjoy a week-long immersion in your music through private/semi- private lessons, ensemble performance, solo opportunities, theory and history applicable to your interests.

  • Make new friends who share your love for music.
  • Laugh and have fun during camp activities and classes.
  • Be inspired through performances by faculty and others.
  • Express yourself through your own performance opportunities.
  • Challenge yourself to a new level of musicianship through work with caring experts committed to giving you their best instruction.
  • Experience a taste of life on the beautiful campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
  • Explore how your faith and music intersect. Grow as a musician and a human.

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What to Expect

All students ages 10-18 will participate in core curriculum on their primary instrument which includes private or semi-private lessons, theory/aural skills, music history and ensemble participation. Options include: piano, organ, voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, electric bass and percussion.

They will also choose a track of complementary classes that will fill out their day. Options include: piano performance, musical theatre, music in worship, jazz and popular music, chamber music, percussion ensemble, composition and recording arts.

There are two options for students ages 5-9 years old. Students ages 5-9 who do not already take private lessons on an instrument or voice, can register for half-day camp from 8:30 a.m. to noon. They will enjoy three music classes designed to help them experience and explore many different facets of music in a fun, age-appropriate manner.

Students ages 7-9 who do already take private lessons on an instrument or voice can register for full-day camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to general music classes designed to enhance and develop their overall musicianship, they will also enjoy private lessons and guided practice time on the instrument they are already studying, ensemble experience, and theory/aural skills games.

Students of all ages will be grouped into teams to earn points toward winning the Olly award through participation in classes and academic activities as well as recreational group activities.

Camp Details

Camp Ages

  • Ages 5-9: Elementary Music Day Camp
    • For students not currently taking private instrumental or voice lessons.
    • $200 until June 3, 2024: An introductory day camp, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon each day.
  • Ages 7-9:
    • For students currently taking private instrumental or voice lessons.
    • $300 until June 3, 2024: An advanced full day camp, from 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. each day.
  • Ages 10-18:
    • $400: A full-day, immersive experience plus evening activities.


  • If paid before June 2, 2024: $200, $300 or $400
  • If paid between June 3-June 16: $225, $325, $425
  • If openings remain available, late sign-ups after June 16 will cost more ($250, $350, $450).

Students registering for full day camp that includes private lessons will provide their own instrument except for piano; pianists who sign up for the “Commuter” options will need to have a piano or keyboard at home to practice. Elementary Music Day Campers registered for half-day that are not currently taking private instrumental or voice lessons do not need to provide an instrument.

Additional Costs

  • Resident Room & Board (ages 10-18): $250
    • 3 meals per day Monday-Friday
    • Apartment housing Sunday-Thursday, check out Friday.
  • Commuter Meal Package: $135
    • 3 meals per day Monday-Friday
    • For commuters ages 7-9 and 10-18 who are attending the full day camp.

Important Camp Information


Camp registration for all ages begins Sunday evening after dinner at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to eat before you arrive on campus at Larsen Fine Arts Center. After registering, all students will attend opening ceremonies, camper orientation, ice breaker games and receive a snack. Parents may stay if desired but are not required. Elementary students ages 7-9 should be picked up at 8:30 p.m. Commuter students ages 10-18 should be picked up at 10:00 p.m. Residents will get settled into their apartments at 10:00 p.m. and everyone will regroup in the morning for the official start of classes.

Activities will begin each morning at 8:30 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Commuters and Day Camp participants should arrive each day no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Daily pick up for 5-9 year olds attending half-day camp will be at noon each day. Daily pick up for 7-9 year olds attending full-day camp will be at 5:00 p.m. each day. Camp will conclude with a variety of performances Friday evening. More details will be released about these concerts as the date approaches.

8:30 a.m. – Camp opening jam
9:00 a.m. – Class 1
10:00 a.m. – Class 2
11:00 a.m. – Class 3
NOON – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – recreational activity
2:00 p.m. – Class 4
3:00 p.m. – Class 5
4:00 p.m. – Class 6
5:00 p.m. – Dinner & break
7:00 p.m. – Fun camp activity

*This is a general guideline. Actual layout of each camper’s day may vary depending on whether recreation activities are for the full camp together or divided into smaller groups. There will be roughly six class periods plus a recreational activity each day as well as a recreational activity in the evening. Other activities such as student and faculty performances may vary the schedule as well.

Students should bring:

  • casual camp attire for five days with optional changes of clothing if desired
  • professional attire for one formal concert performance
  • instrument & any desired accessories (except for piano and percussion)
  • at least 3 pieces of music currently being studied
  • swim and athletic attire and footwear
  • beach towel
  • toiletries
  • phone charger
  • personal items as desired.

Students will be housed in apartments with refrigerators and they may bring drinks and snacks, but they will have limited access to the apartments during daytime hours, so they should also bring a bag with them to carry items if desired to have them during the day.

Recreational activities will vary, but will include events such as:

  • Hiking at Perry Farm,
  • Bowling,
  • Board games,
  • Popcorn and a movie,
  • A talent show,
  • Miniature golf,
  • A bonfire,
  • Swimming,
  • Rock wall climbing,
  • Ping pong,
  • Field house games,
  • Ice cream sundae bar and more.

Content of all events at Olivet Nazarene University will uphold University standards of conduct. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Refraining from coarse or obscene language and profanity
  • Refraining from sexual innuendo
  • Not promoting fornication, sexual promiscuity, adultery, pornography, homosexuality, or any form of sexual misconduct
  • Not promoting use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, hallucinogenic drugs, or gambling
  • Not promoting any other faith besides Christianity
  • Alcoholic beverages, drugs, and fireworks are prohibited
  • Purchaser is required to have one adult over the age of 21 on campus for every 8 minors (under 18) that are on campus.
  • Smoking is prohibited in campus buildings and on campus grounds.
  • Vehicles are prohibited anywhere on the inner campus.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times.
  • Shared rooms are limited to married couples, occupants of the same sex, or parent-child combinations.
  • All individuals will abide by Illinois law, federal law, and University regulations regarding intoxicants, tobacco, and controlled substances. Firearms, weapons, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, and highly flammable materials are prohibited within the residence halls or buildings on the grounds.
  • Bicycles are prohibited within the student rooms, public rooms, or hallways.
  • Animals are prohibited in all locations on campus with the exception of animals trained to assist the disabled.
  • Hot plates or similar appliances are prohibited in rooms.
  • Remodeling or renovating of rooms or furniture, tampering with the electrical or mechanical fixtures in the rooms, placement of antennas or radios, televisions, etc. out of the windows, removal of or addition of furniture without arrangement with the Conference Director is prohibited.
  • Attaching any object to any University premises by nail, screw, or alteration of the premises in any manner whatsoever without prior permission of the Conference Director is prohibited. Parking in the service or fire lanes is prohibited.
  • Tampering with the fire system or fire fighting equipment is prohibited.
  • Removal of lounge or common area furniture into individual rooms is prohibited without prior permission from the Conference Director.
  • Bunking of beds and stacking furniture are prohibited.
  • The use and unlocking of common area doors which are to be locked or unlocked at specific periods of time are prohibited. All external locks except the front door are to be locked at all times.
  • Gambling or solicitation in any form is prohibited.
  • Quiet hours shall be observed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Rollerblading, skateboarding and using scooters are prohibited. Violators may have their equipment confiscated.
  • Dancing on campus is prohibited.
  • Burning candles anywhere on campus is prohibited.