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Midwestern Music Camp

A national music camp at the University of Kansas



Music Camp ViolinistJoin us this summer on the beautiful campus of the University of Kansas and discover and develop your musical talents. Spend an inspiring week with students from across the country studying with our outstanding faculty and world renowned guest musicians. The Midwestern Music Camp is a tradition stretching back to 1936.

The Midwestern Music camps are a comprehensive summer music program for students from grades 6 through 12. Programs are designed and closely supervised by KU faculty to create an ideal environment for students to grow as musicians and leaders, interacting with the finest teachers and performing at a high level. Dr. Matthew O. Smith, associate director of bands, is the camp administrator.

The three camp offerings are:

  • Middle School Music Camp (Band and Orchestra) - June 15 - 20, 2014 (grades 6 - 9) 
  • High School Music Camp (Band, Orchestra, and Choir) - June 22 - 27, 2014 (grades 9 - 12)
  • High School Jazz Workshop - July 13 - 18, 2014 (grades 9 - 12)
    The KU Jazz Workshop is an exciting week of instruction and performance in all aspects of jazz with special emphasis placed on small group performance. The camp is open to individuals of high school age and older.
  • Jayhawk Junior Musicians - The 2014 Jayhawk Junior Musicians Camp has been canceled.

Since 1936, Midwestern Music Camp has brought young musicians to the University of Kansas to study and play with our outstanding faculty and world renowned guest musicians. Students from across the United States and other nations have come together each summer to learn and perform together on one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses. To date more than 65,000 young musicians have been a part of this tradition. Many of them are now performing in major symphony orchestras, service bands, and choirs, while others teach at great schools and universities around the world. 

2014 marks the 79th year of the Midwestern Music Camp. Each division of the camp offers a comprehensive musical experience, carefully planned and supervised by KU faculty to ensure that students at all levels of experience receive the quality instruction and attention that they need to improve their skills and enjoy making music. We hope you can join us this summer for an unforgettable musical experience!

Registration is now closed for all 2014 Midwestern Music Camps

Once you've completed the online registration form above, please complete the Midwestern Music Camp Payment Form below.

Midwestern Music Camp Payment Form (pdf)

Midwestern Music Camp Payment Forms can be submitted via fax and mail only.
Fax to: 785-864-5866
Mail to: 
Midwestern Music Camp
460 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Because email is not secure, we are unable to accept Midwestern Music Camp Payment Forms via email. Please fax or mail your completed payment form to the address above.

A number of scholarships and tuition credits are available for middle school and high school students. Scholarships are awarded to students who are members of their respective all-state bands, or receive a I (superior) rating at their state solo and ensemble contest. Tuition credits are available.

Midwestern Music Camp Scholarship Form (pdf)

Midwestern Music Camp Scholarship Forms can be submitted via email, fax or by mail.
Email to: musiccamp@ku.edu
Fax to: 785-864-5866
Mail to:
Midwestern Music Camp
460 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Frequently Asked Questions

For students:

Music Camp StudentsWILL I NEED TO BRING MY OWN INSTRUMENT?
Only certain instruments are available for rental during the camp, and those are reserved for students who must fly to camp. All others must bring their own instrument or check out your school instrument for camp. Contact the camp office in advance if you may need an instrument. Insurance charges may be assessed on university instruments. Bows, strings, mouthpieces, reedsm and percussion mallets are not supplied.

IF I WILL BE A NINTH GRADER IN FALL 2014, WHICH CAMP SHOULD I ATTEND?
You can attend either the Middle School Camp, Jazz Workshop, or one of the High School Camps (Band, Choir, or Orchestra). In fact, you can attend any or all weeks that you would like!

WHAT DORM WILL I BE STAYING IN AND CAN I SELECT MY OWN ROOMMATE?
You will be staying in one of the dorms on the KU campus. Yes, you may select your roommate. Please indicate the name of your requested roommate on the application form. NOTE: Both students must request each other in order to be roommates!

WHAT CLASSES WILL I BE TAKING DURING THE WEEK?
Each camp has its own curriculum. In general, you will be playing music in ensembles, practicing in small sectionals (by instrument or voice part), and then taking classes in musicianship. This can include such topics as music theory, music history, ear training, and many other topics.

MMC student playing celloHOW WILL I BE PLACED IN ENSEMBLES?
Students in the Middle School Music Camp, High School Band, Choir, or Orchestra Camps, and Jazz Workshop will audition for their spaces in ensembles and combos. The audition process is part of the learning experience and important for faculty to evaluate what areas the students excel at and in which areas they could benefit from help. Each camp has a specific requirement for auditions. Audition information will be available in the camp handbooks, which will be posted the website and emailed later in the spring.

WILL THERE BE A CONCERT AT THE END OF THE WEEK?
Yes! Our end of the week concerts are free and open to the public. We encourage friends and family to attend. Please see individual camp pages for our schedule and venues.

WHAT IS CONCERT DRESS?
Specific concert dress is for the Middle School and High School Camps only. There is no prescribed concert attire for the Jazz Workshop. For Boys: White dress shirt with tie, dark trousers, dark shoes and dark socks.
For girls: White or black dress (preferably black) with dress shoes, or a white blouse with a dark skirt or slacks. Long dresses/skirts are preferred.

For Parents and Teachers:

WHAT IS APPROPRIATE DRESS FOR THE WEEK?
Students should have comfortable shoes (as they will be doing a fair amount of walking between rehearsals, meals, and the dorms). T-shirts and shorts are allowable, provided they meet school dress code standards. Please make sure your child brings appropriate clothing!

WILL MY STUDENT BE PERMITTED TO HAVE A CELL PHONE?
Students are permitted to have cell phones, however, the KU School of Music and the Midwestern Music Camp are not responsible for lost or broken items. Please note that there will be times when cell phones will be 'off' (during classes, rehearsals, and concerts). We will also provide you a 24 hour emergency number that will connect you with our Head Counselors.

MMC student playing fluteHOW IS HEALTH CARE HANDLED WHILE MY CHILD IS AT CAMP?
We will be sending you forms regarding medical treatment and care. Any health problems, chronic ailments and medications will need to be reported to your Counselor at check in. Campers needing non-emergency medical attention are taken to Watkins Health Center. Watkins Health Center is on campus and open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Students requiring emergency medical attention will be taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. All charges for medical services are the responsibility of the camper and their parent/guardian.


2014 MMC Parent Handbooks

Midwestern Music Camp event dates

Friends of the School of Music

Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Smithyman & Zakoura Chartered and KU Music Concert Series 2014-2015

Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually