The College of Music came alive during June & July with over 1550 elementary, middle, and high school students attending the 10 individual camps of the FSU Summer Music Camps program. In 2023, the camps hosted the largest group of campers in the camp’s 83 year history. Students attended camps from 18 states across the U.S., as well as Cartagena, Colombia, in partnership with the Fundacíon Tocando Puertas.
This summer’s record-breaking enrollment is a testament to the continued dedication of over 150 College of Music faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. Together with alumni and instructors from some of the nation’s premier music programs, these individuals provide exceptional instruction, administration, and counselor support to students during the four-week program. FSU Music Camps provide an essential bridge in music education during the summer and create lifelong FSU memories for everyone involved.
The FSU Summer Music Camp program is one of the country’s oldest and largest summer music camp programs and is internationally recognized for its quality. The camps had its start as the Florida State College for Women Band School in 1942 and was founded by Dean Ella Opperman.
“Though the camps themselves have experienced many changes over the years, the trajectory for the camp remains true,” says Dr. Steven Kelly, Professor of Music Eduation and Director of the Summer Music Camps. “We continue to create a strong musical foundation for students of all ability levels as they grow and develop as musicians in a positive and supportive environment.”
Summer 2024 dates for the camps have already been announced and plans for specially commissioned compositions for each camp are underway! For more information about the FSU Summer Music Camps, visit music.fsu.edu/events.