This summer, The FSU Summer Music Camps are excited to celebrate our 80th summer by offering in-person and virtual camps to students around the country and the world. For the 2021 summer, we will be offering face-to-face Band Camps (3 sessions), Orchestra Camps (2 sessions), Choral Ensemble Camp (1 session), Jazz Ensemble Camp (1 session), Marching Band Leadership & Color Guard Camp (1 session), and Elementary Music Day Camps (2 sessions). We will also be offering a variety of virtual classes for those students that are not yet ready to return to in person learning.
As we approach this summer, we reflect on the past 79 years of camps and the impact of The FSU Summer Music Camps. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest summer music programs, we have striven to provide high quality music education experiences to all of our campers. We have welcomed tens of thousands of students to FSU’s campus to be “Summer ‘Noles”. Future musicians, teachers, and professors have both attended and assisted with camps.
Founded by Dean Ella Opperman in 1942, the camps had their start at the Florida State College for Women Band School. Though the camps themselves have experienced many changes over the years, our commitment to excellence in music education remains at the core. We now offer one of the most comprehensive music camps in the country. Students of all abilities are welcome and we pride ourselves on offering positive musical experiences for everyone, in a safe and creative environment.
Traditionally, the FSU Summer Music Camps provide summer music instruction to over 1,400 elementary, middle, and high school students for five weeks each during June and July. During the summer of 2020, Camps provided 41, free, virtual classes to over 5,000 students.
Although this summer will be different, we cannot wait to host our campers, staff, and teachers in Tallahassee as we make music, together again, and celebrate 80 amazing years of camps. Please visit https://music.fsu.edu/summermusiccamps for dates and more information.