FSU Summer Music Camps 2020

            

COVID-19 Updates and Information

A Letter To Our Camp Community:

As you may have already seen on social media, or heard from friends, family, or colleagues, it is with great disappointment that we have had to cancel all 14 of the FSU Summer Music Camps for summer 2020. Florida State University has made this decision for the health and safety of all of our faculty, staff, campers, and families.

All families who were registered for any of our camps have already received emails about these cancellations. But we also wanted to reach out to you, our greater camp community of alumni, educators, parents, grandparents, businesses, and supporters to make sure that you know how much we appreciate all of the kind words and sentiments that you have extended to us during this time. It takes an entire community of support to make sure that young musicians receive opportunities which help develop them into amazing human beings. We appreciate all of the care, time, and resources that you have given to our campers, and to our program, throughout our 79 years.

We are looking forward to Summer 2021 and all of the wonderful things it will bring. We will stay in touch throughout the summer to share what we are doing to get ready for next year, and we hope you will say in touch with us as well as you continue to use music to help navigate through these challenging times.

From our camp family to yours, please stay well and let us know how we can continue to support you and your young musicians.

Sincerely,
Steven N. Kelly 
Camp Director


March 31, 2020 Update:

Dear Camp Families,

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must inform you that all 14 of the FSU Summer Music Camps will be cancelled for summer 2020.   Florida State University has made this decision for the health and safety of all of our faculty, staff, campers, and families.

All families that have made payments will be issued a full refund. Please be patient as the Business Services office is having to process a great number of refunds at this time. They will work to get all refunds completed as soon as possible. Refunds will be sent back to you in the same method which you paid initially (i.e.: if you paid via check you will receive a check back, if you paid by credit card it will be credited back to the same card).  

We thank all of the campers who submitted auditions for Honors Chamber Winds and Piano Institute as well. Please note that since these camps are cancelled, applicants will not be receiving any communication as to whether they would have been accepted to those camps or not.

We would also like to thank the campers, families, and teachers that took time to submit materials for Achievement Discounts. We know that it takes time to put those applications together and your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

We understand how difficult these times are and we are trying to stay positive knowing that music is helping to keep people connected.  We will miss all of the amazing concerts, events, learning, and friendships that happen at camp, and we are sure you will too.  We are brokenhearted at the thought of missing our first summer in 79 years, and for our seniors who might have been attending for the last time. The camps will be back in 2021 with the amazing summer music experiences that mean so much to everyone. We will stay in touch throughout the summer and into next year, and we hope that you will be able to join us next year. 

Thank you for continuing to be a part of our summer music camp community. Please feel free to contact just directly with any questions or for further clarification. We can be reached at 850-644-9934.

Sincerely,
Steven N. Kelly 
Camp Director

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For reference, the following are the camps that are cancelled for Summer 2020:

  • Band Camp for Middle School: July 5 - 11, 2020
  • Band Camp for Senior High: June 21 - July 4, 2020
  • Choral Ensemble Camp: June 7 - 13, 2020
  • Double Bass Workshop: June 17 - 20, 2020
  • Elementary Music Day Camp. June 8 - 12, 2020
  • Guitar Camp: June 7 - 13, 2020
  • Honors Chamber Winds Ensemble Camp: June 21 - July 4, 2020
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp for Middle School: June 13 - 20, 2020
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp for Senior High: June 13 - 20, 2020
  • Marching Band Leadership and Color Guard Camp: July 5 - 10, 2020
  • Piano Camp: July 5 - 11, 2020 (originally June 7 - 13)
  • Piano Institute: June 21 - July 4, 2020 (originally June 7 - 20, 2020)
  • String Orchestra Camp: June 21 - July 4, 2020
  • Tuba/Euphonium Workshop: June 17 - 20, 2020

March 25, 2020 Update:

Florida State University has made the decision to extend their remote learning program through the summer sessions which begin on May 4th and continue through June 21.  Therefore, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I must inform you that we will be unable to hold the following music camps this year:

  • Choral Ensemble Camp: June 7-13
  • Double Bass Workshop: June 17-20
  • Elementary Music Camp: June 8-12
  • Guitar Camp: June 7-13
  • Jazz Ensemble for Middle School: June 14-20
  • Jazz Ensemble for Senior High: June 14-20
  • Tuba and Euphonium: June 17-20

Families who have registered for these camps will be issued a full refund.  Details about the cancellation and refund have been provided under separate cover directly to those families.

As of March 25, 2020, camps which take place starting June 21 and July 5 are still scheduled to take place. This includes the following:

  • Band Camp for Senior High: June 21 - July 4
  • Band Camp for Middle School: July 5 - 11
  • String Orchestra Camp:  June 21 - July 4
  • Honors Chamber Winds: June 21 - July 4
  • Marching Band Leadership & Color Guard Camp:  July 5 - 10

 In addition, we have rescheduled our Piano Camp and Piano Institute as follows:

  • Piano Institute: June 21 - July 4
  • Piano Camp:  July 5 - 11

We will continue to update the families of those camps as these uncertainties continue to unfold.  

We understand how difficult these times are for everyone and we are tying to stay positive knowing that music is helping to keep people connected.  We hope that we will still be able to offer at least a portion of our camps this summer, but our campers health and safety is always our greatest concern.  We will continue to work closely with Florida State University as decisions are made regarding the status of our late June/July camps.

Thank you all for continuing to be a part of our summer music camp community.


March 13, 2020 Update:

As we look forward to an amazing summer filled with music and memories, the FSU Summer Music Camps and Florida State University continue to monitor the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation closely. At this time, the FSU Summer Music Camps are scheduled to take place as originally planned. We understand that it is difficult for families to evaluate summer plans during this uncertain time. In response, we want you to know the following:

  • In the event that the FSU Summer Music Camps are cancelled you would be issued a full refund.

  • In the event that your family needs to cancel participation for any reason, we will be issuing full refunds until two-weeks before the start of camp. This timeline may be adjusted as we work with our families that may have coronavirus concerns, school rescheduling issues, or signs of illness as we get closer to our camp start dates.
  • For families who are interested in registering but are hesitant due to the unfolding circumstances, we are offering the option to register with no deposit or payment required until after April 15. You will be guaranteed a spot at camp and do not need to make a financial commitment at this time.

Preparing For Our Campers

The health and safety of our campers is always our greatest concern. Because the nature of summer camp is that it happens in a close community, we have always taken great care in our standard hygiene and cleaning protocol. We will continue to work closely with the Southgate Campus Center and Florida State University to maintain high stands of sanitation. We will evaluate and make adjustments as needed to our operating procedures, inclusion criteria, and medical care plan.

As with camp any year, a healthy camp experience begins at home.

  • If the camper shows signs of illness before camp, keep them home. This greatly reduces the spread of any illness at camp.
  • Remind the camper to always sneeze into his/her sleeve, and to wash hands often. Fatigue plays a role in sickness at camp. Remind your camper that staying up all night is not a good idea.
  • Staying hydrated at camp is very important. Bring a re-fillable water bottle.
  • Make sure you camper is prepared with basic medications in the event that they don’t feel well at camp.
  • Remind your camper to speak up and let a counselor know if they are not feeling well.

FSU and the FSU Summer Music Camps are prepared to alter our policies and procedures further should the situation change. We will communicate any changes when the time is appropriate. Thank you all for continuing to be a part of our summer music camp community.

Please feel free to contact us directly at 850-644-9934 or at musiccamps@fsu.edu so that we may address any specific questions or concerns you have at this time.

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