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High School Music Camp

(Band, Choir & Orchestra)

June 21 - 26, 2015

Open to students entering 9th - graduating 12th grades 


Choir Camp

Music Camp Choir StudentsThe High School Choir Camp provides an opportunity for high school students, interested in learning more about the choral arts, to engage in in-depth study with choral experts.

The summer curriculum will include choral ensemble rehearsals, classes in diction, voice lessons, individual and group conducting lessons, and All-State music preparation. The Choir Camp provides an exciting environment for the study of choral music and other related subjects.


High School Choir Camp Director and Conductor:
Dr. Paul Tucker, KU Director of Choral Activities
Please note faculty may be subject to change

Orchestra Camp

Music Camp Orchestra The High School Orchestra Camp will feature outstanding KU faculty and guest artists from the pinnacle of the string and orchestral profession, teaching the skills and knowledge necessary for high school string students of various levels to improve their playing and perform at a high level in rehearsals in concerts. Through masterclasses, sectionals, chamber music, and full rehearsals, students' ears will be opened to a higher standard of musicianship, and they will learn the techniques and gain the confidence to attain that new standard.


High School Orchestra Camp Director and Conductor:
Jacob Dakon, KU String Education Professor, Assistant Professor of Music Education & Music Therapy
Please note faculty may be subject to change


Band Camp

Music Camp Band The camp will emphasize instruction on individual musical skills through warm-up techniques, masterclasses, solo/ensemble and all-state audition preparation techniques, large ensembles, music theory and listening skills. The program is designed for high school students of all levels of experience. Nationally acclaimed faculty/staff will not only coach students and give master classes, but will also perform alongside students in the large ensembles, providing them with a unique and valuable experience that they will carry with them for years to come.


High School Band Camp Director:
Dr. Paul W. Popiel, KU Director of Bands

Band Conductors: 

Dr. Paul Popiel

Ms. Sharon Toulouse, KU Assistant Director of Bands
Please note faculty may be subject to change

2015 HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC CAMP COST (Band, Choir, & Orchestra)


$350 Commuter
$600 Overnight Camper
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An automatic $25 scholarship is available for members of an all-state band, choir, or orchestra. This also applies for participation in the Kansas 2015 John Philip Sousa honor band. The discount may be used for one camp only, and will be applied during the online payment process. For those who will pay by check, the $25 scholarship can be deducted from the payment. Documentation of participation may be requested by the camp office.

We will keep the 2014 Handbooks posted here as it provides basic information that will be retained for 2015.  The 2015 Handbooks will be posted here in May and emailed to camp participants.​
2014 High School Music Band Camp Parent Handbook (pdf)
2014 High School Music Choir Camp Parent Handbook (pdf)
2014 High School Music Orchestra Camp Parent Handbook (pdf)

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