An integrative and collaborative week-long music intensive held on the Marion, Indiana campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Music is excited to announce its third-annual Summer Music Camp! This camp is designed for singers and instrumentalists at the high school level who are hoping to hone their musical skills in an encouraging and collaborative environment. This week-long camp will culminate in a final concert on Friday night. The large ensemble, comprised of every camper either playing in the orchestra or singing in the choir, will perform music of various styles and time periods.

During the week campers can expect to spend a great amount of time in large ensemble rehearsals, and small/chamber ensemble rehearsals. Every camper will be in either the large chorus or the large orchestra, and will also be a part of a small ensemble. The small ensembles will range from string quartets to chamber choir; these ensembles will be assembled based on enrollment. Campers who excel at more than one instrument are encouraged to diversify their ensembles (e.g. sing in the large chorus and play trumpet in a chamber ensemble).

Outside of rehearsals, campers will also have the opportunity for classroom-style learning by Indiana Wesleyan University music faculty. The classes may range from music theory and ear training, to music history, conducting, or even composition.

Campers are encouraged to sign up for private lessons during their time at the camp. Private lessons will be taught by many of our IWU music faculty. Campers may choose between several different options for lesson-structure on most major instruments. (N.B. Private study is an additional cost.) Please contact the Music camp director, Master Davy Chinn at, for more details.

This camp is a residential camp, meaning that students will stay in residence halls on campus, eat meals in Baldwin Dining Hall, and remain on campus for the duration of the week. Meals, lodging, and all major activities are included in the overall cost of the camp.


Event Information:


  • High school students (anyone entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade as well as those graduating 12th grade).
  • Students who play one of the main orchestral/symphonic/wind-ensemble instruments and/or sing!


  • Sunday, June 24th through Friday, June 29th.
  • Check-in is on Sunday between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
  • Families are encouraged to pick up their campers on Friday, the 29th and to join in the celebration in the following ways:
    • 5:30 pm – Join us for dinner (donations accepted) and a “Week in Review” slide show
    • 6:30-7:00 pm – Programming for Business, Art, Writing, Life Calling/Leadership and Nursing Camps
    • 7:00-8:00 pm – Music and Theatre Productions


Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, In, 46953

Registration Options:

The total cost of the week depends on several factors. Below is a list to help determine your final cost.

Base cost - $350
Registration Fee(non-refundable) - $25
30 minute lesson* - $25
60 minute lesson* - $40
Four 30 minute lessons* - $80
Four 60 minute lessons* - $150


A sample total:

  • Base cost: $350
  • Registration: $25
  • Single 60-min. lesson: $40
  • Total: $415

Cost includes lodging, three meals a day, snacks, and all major aspects of the camp.

Note: The $25 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration.  No student will be considered registered until they have submitted this fee.  Balance of tuition and fees are due by May 31, 2018.   Any registrations after June 1, 2018 will incur an additional $50.00 late registration fee.

How to Register/Apply

You will need to provide a video of yourself performing a minimum of three major and two minor scales that demonstrate the best of your ability and range. You may also choose to include a solo performance. Please upload your video, no greater than ten minutes in length, to YouTube and provide the link in the space provided on the application.

What to Bring:

  • Toiletries
  • Clothes for one full week *
  • Performance attire: Campers should bring attire for the final performance.
    Men: Black dress pants or nice khaki pants, a black or solid color button-down dress shirt, black shoes, black socks, jackets and ties are optional (ties should be solid color, no patterns or pictures).
    Women: Full-length skirt or dress (no mini skirts), black shoes, black or solid color blouse, dress top, or sweater.

*Campers will have access to athletic/gym equipment (including a rock-climbing wall). If you would like to use this equipment, please bring the proper attire.

Campers will be provided linens. This includes:

  • blanket
  • pillow and pillow case
  • two flat sheets
  • two bath towels
  • a hand towel
  • a washcloth
  • a small bar of soap

Please do NOT bring the following

Laptops, iPads, and other electronic devices*. Weapons of any kind: e.g. firearms, knives or pocket knives.

*Cellular phones are welcome, but please note they should be silent and out of sight when campers are in rehearsals, class, lessons, etc.

Sample Daily Calendar

7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00-10:00 AM Session 1
10:00-12:00 AM Session 2
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-3:00 PM Session 3
3:00-5:00 PM Session 4
5:00-6:00 PM Dinner
6:00-9:30 PM Evening Activities
9:30-10:00 PM Worship

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact The Wildcat Summer Academy at 765-677-2493 or

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953