A five-day intensive musical experience, the OSU Summer Music Camp offers high school students the opportunity to study their instruments in a comprehensive collegiate setting. The camp offers three tracks of study: band, orchestra and piano. Band and orchestra students will have the opportunity to play as members of large ensembles, as well as participate in instrument-specific instruction, led by OSU music faculty members. Students will be involved in master classes, chamber ensembles, and elective course studies. Private lessons with OSU faculty are also available.
Students will study in-depth instrument-specific fundamentals, short- and long-term strategies for musical growth, and techniques for high-level performance, including how to progress in the All-State process and other competitions.
Wind, string, and percussion students will perform in band and orchestra. Piano students will perform in piano duos, and chamber ensembles with string and wind students, when possible.
Students will have an opportunity to select elective courses that best suit their individual interests. Elective courses include Music Theory, Jazz Band, Chamber Music, Voice Lessons, and Introduction to Piano.
Woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students will have daily instrument-specific sectionals and technique classes. In addition to working on band and orchestra music, students will learn strategies for higher-level performance within a section that will include discussions of intonation, articulation, and sound production.
All instrumentalists who opt to take the Chamber Music elective will have an opportunity to study and perform as members of a small ensemble. Depending on enrollement, this might be a brass choir, trumpet, woodwind, and saxophone ensembles, or a mixed small chamber ensemble (string quartet, piano trio, woodwind quintet, brass quintet and saxophone quartet).
All events take place on the beautiful OSU-Stillwater campus at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Days will conclude with time to relax and enjoy all that OSU has to offer with trips to the award-winning Colvin Recreation Center and other activities.