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An experience that goes far beyond studying notes on a page

Camp provides life changing experiences for campers – developing friendships and memories that last well beyond their final concert. FSU Summer Music Camps are an opportunity to try new things, gain independence and confidence, and to take advantage of new opportunities. Campers can choose to attend as an overnight camper or as a day camper.

About Being An

Overnight Camper

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The best way to experience the FSU Summer Music Camps is as an overnight camper. 83% of our campers stay overnight and in 2022 our ratio of males to female campers was 50/50.

Dorm Rooms

All campers stay in a privately-owned dorm called the Southgate Campus Centre. This is not an FSU Dorm (orientation & summer sessions prevent us from using FSU dorms). But Southgate is safe, close to our music buildings, and has a dining hall right inside.  The building is also staffed with a 24-hour security desk in the main lobby.

Each room is only 220 sq. feet. Each room will house three (3) campers.  There is no option to request a private room.

Males are housed on the 2nd floor of the dorm.  Females are housed on the 3rd floor of the dorm.  At some of our larger camps, the 4th floor may be utilized and occasionally will be used as a mixed gender floor.  In these rare cases males and females would be at opposite ends of the same floor.  Rooms are assigned based on the gender that is selected on the camper’s registration form.

Each room has its own bathroom and will contain three beds, two wardrobes for storage, two desks, one overhead ceiling light, a shower curtain and toilet paper. Please don’t expect any bells or whistles! After all, this is camp – and these rooms are certainly a step up from cabins in the woods!  Students are required to bring their own bedding and towels, as well as other standard living items.  A full packing list is provided in the camp handbook.


All campers will have 2 roommates.  You are able to request 1 or 2 roommates if you know other campers that are attending.  Roommate requests are done after you are registered using the roommate request form that will be provided.

Things to keep in mind when requesting roommates:

  1. You can room with campers that are attending a different camp as long as the camps check-in and check-out on the same days.
  2. All campers involved in the request must submit their own request form so that we see that everyone does want to room together. For example, if Sally, Julie and Mary want to room together, each of them must submit a roommate request form with all three names on it.
  3. Males and females cannot request each other, even if they are siblings.
  4. Roommate assignments are NOT confirmed prior to camp. You will find out your room assignment and roommates at check-in. Every effort will be made to honor your request.

If you don’t have a roommate request, don’t worry! We do room assignments based on age, so we will assign you with two roommates of the same age (+/- 1 year).

Dining Hall and Meals

A meal plan that includes three meals per day (beginning with dinner on check-in day) is included for overnight campers.

The dining hall is located on the first floor of the Southgate Campus Centre , and it is set up like a food court/buffet. It will always include a hot entree station and beverage station at all meals. During breakfast, cereals, bagels, English muffins are also available; during lunch and dinner a salad bar, and dessert station are added.  Dining at Southgate is managed by Sodexo and the camps does not have any control over what they offer.  Dining options are subject to change.

“Campers-Choice” food-court style dining can be new for some campers who are use to having meals prepared for them at home. For students who don’t immediately see anything that they like we are sure that there is always something available – from hamburgers & hot dogs, to milk & yogurt.

Food Allergies and Dietary Accommodations

All food allergies that are indicated on campers’ medical and dining forms will be communicated to the Dining Director of the Southgate Campus Centre. The family will be provided with instructions for communicating directly with the Dining Director two weeks prior to the start of the camp so that a dining plan can be created.

The dining hall has limited capability to accommodate non-allergy related dietary needs, such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dining. Though they will certainly try to accommodate those needs where they can, the extent to which they can provide special meals may not be what is needed for your camper, and the music camps can not control what options will or won’t be available.  The camp office can answer general questions regarding dietary concerns but we may need to refer you to the dining director for more specific information.  Please contact our office if you would like further discuss dining further.

Snacks and Other Meal Options

A camp store will be set up in the dorm which will sell snacks and beverages.  Vending machines are also located in the College of Music and in the dorm.  Campers are able to order food and have it delivered to the dorm if desired.  All of these options would be at the camper’s expense as cash only and are not included with the meal plan.

Other Dorm Facts

There is a camp office located on the 2nd floor of the dorm which is staffed by our counselors from 6am-11pm.  After 11pm there will be an on-duty counselor available for late night emergencies.  Campers can come to the office to sign-up for activities, pick-up packages, purchase items from the camp store, or to get assistance from a counselor.

The dorm has laundry facilities available.  These machines use debit cards or quarters. There is time during the two-week camps to do laundry on the weekend.  The average cost of a load of laundry (washing & drying) is $3.00.

A camp store will be set up in the dorm office to sell snacks and beverages. This store accepts cash only.

Overnight campers who drive themselves to camp do NOT need to purchase a parking permit. Students will receive a free parking permit for the Southgate Parking Garage where they may leave their car for the duration of camp. Students are not allowed to drive during camp and will need to turn in their keys to the dorm staff upon arrival.

Extra Nights of Housing

We offer extra nights of housing in the dorm to help accommodate travel plans, and for campers who are attending multiple weeks of camp and want to stay on campus during the night in-between.

Extra nights are $TBA/night and include the extra housing, all extra meals, and supervision.


Extra nights are limited to one night before and/or one night after camp starts and ends.

Extra nights are NOT available:

  • before June 11: Campers at Choral Ensemble Camp and Jazz Camp cannot book an extra night before the start of camp. The earliest these campers can arrive is at the scheduled check-in on June 11.
  • after July 8. Campers at Middle School Band Camp can not book an extra night at the end of camp. All campers must depart after the performance on July 98.

An extra night in the dorm is required:

  • if you are arriving the day before camp check-in
  • if you are arriving between midnight and 8am on the day of camp check-in
  • if you are departing the day after check-out
  • if you are attending consecutive sessions and need to stay in the dorm on the night in-between the two sessions.

Please note that extra nights are not intended to be used to check in to your room early unless truly necessary.  If you are arriving the day before your scheduled check-in, you can not check-in until after 4pm (we will have campers checking out and your room will not be available before that).  For the best camp experience, we encourage you to check in during the scheduled check-in time period.

How To Order Extra Housing
  • You can add the extra night(s) when you register, or add it to your account online at any time before camp begins.

About Being A

Day Camper

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Day Campers must be staying at home or in the Tallahassee area with a parent/guardian over the age of 21. Day campers are required to attend all rehearsals, performances, and classes and should plan to attend camp daily from 8:00am-5:00pm and some evenings from 7:00pm-9:30pm if there are required music activities after dinner.

Daily Drop Off & Pick Up

The following information is for day campers at all camps except Elementary Music Day Camp and Marching Band Leadership and Color Guard Camp.  Day Campers at those two camps should follow the specific instructions in those handbooks.

Morning drop-off

Daily drop-off begins at 7:30am at the College of Music breezeway.  Classes will start promptly at 8:00am.

Afternoon pick-up

Afternoon pick up is at 5:00pm at the College of Music breezeway.

Dining Options

No meal plan is included for day campers.  Day campers can choose to purchase dining package(s) which allows you to eat in the cafeteria with the overnight campers, or to bring lunch and eat in a designated area at the College of Music.  Food from home is not permitted to be brought into the cafeteria due to health regulations.

  • Lunch Package (2023 Price TBA)  includes 5 lunches to be used Monday – Friday.
  • Dinner Package (2023 Price TBA) includes 5 dinners to be used Monday – Friday.

**Lunch and dinner packages are non-refundable once purchased**

Deadline to purchase meal packages in the Wednesday before your camp check-in.

You can read more about the Dining Hall can be found above under the Overnight Campers section.

Parking Options

University Lots are available for parking on weekdays AFTER 10pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. All other times require permits.  Details about where to park for check-in and concerts will be provided in the handbook.

Day-campers who wish to drive themselves to camp each day will need to purchase a parking permit . Parking permits are available for purchase online through the registration portal (2023 price tba).  Visitor permits allow you to park in any un-gated Faculty/Staff or Student space.

Day-campers who are being picked up and dropped off daily do not need a permit.