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    Established 1942

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    An FSU Tradition

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    A Proud Musical Heritage

Our Musical Legacy

80 Summers of Excellence

Founded in 1942 by Dean Ella Opperman, the camps had their start as the Florida State College for Women Band School.  And 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.  Music opportunities for elementary through high school are offered each summer to students from throughout the country, and indeed, the world.  Students of all abilities are welcome.  We pride ourselves on offering positive musical experiences for everyone, in a safe and creative environment. 

Our primary goal is to create a positive musical foundation for students to build upon as they continue to grow and develop as musicians.

"Many of these students receive wonderful music instruction in their school throughout the year, and by keeping students playing and practicing over the summer months, their retention going into the new school year is much higher than students who don’t keep up their practice over the summer break months.  Our camp provides additional opportunities for parents, teachers, and students who wish to continue having music as part of their education” said Dr. Steven Kelly, Professor of Music Education and Director of the FSU Summer Camps since 2000.  "I hope that everyone will come and see what their summer can sound like."

Contact Us

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am-4pm

Phone: 850-644-9934

Email: musiccamps@fsu.edu

Mailing Address (for first class mail):
FSU Summer Music Camps
PO Box 3061180
Tallahassee, FL
32306-1180

Mailing Address (for overnight deliveries):
FSU Summer Music Camps
122 N. Copeland Street
203 Housewright Music Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180

Meet Our Camp Directors

Dr. Steven Kelly, Director

Dr. Steven Kelly is a Professor of Music Education in the College of Music at The Florida State University. He received his bachelor and master degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kansas.

Prior to his appointment at FSU, Dr. Kelly taught in the Virginia public schools, and on the faculties at Brevard College (NC) and the University of Nebraska - Omaha. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and guest conductor across the United States.

At FSU, Dr. Kelly teaches undergraduate and graduate music education classes, conducts the University Concert Band, and coordinates in the music education internship program. He has been a recipient of the University Undergraduate Teaching Award and is the Director of the FSU Summer Music Camps, one of the country’s oldest and largest summer music camps. In 2016 Dr. Kelly was selected as the College Music Educator of the Year in the Florida and was recently elected President-Elect of the Florida Music Education Association.


Dr. Mark Belfast, Assistant Director

Dr. Mark A. Belfast Jr. is an assistant professor of music education at Southeastern University. His duties include teaching music education courses, supervising student teachers and directing Southeastern University’s jazz ensemble. Dr. Belfast holds a PhD in music education from Florida State University, where he served as administrator of the Tri-State Band Festival and Conducting Conference. Dr. Belfast received a Master of Education in music education from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he performed with and served as business manager for the Auburn Knights Orchestra.

Dr. Belfast’s teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate music education courses, as well as directing public school instrumental music programs in Alabama and Georgia. His research interests include teacher effectiveness, performance evaluation procedures, music teacher curriculum and training, perceptions of performance quality, jazz performance and pedagogy, and standards-based music instruction. Dr. Belfast has presented research and educational clinics at multiple regional and national venues, including the NAfME Biennial National Conference, NAfME Northwest Division Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education and the annual meeting of the Florida Music Educators Association. The results of his research have appeared in the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education and the Florida Music Director. In addition to his roles as a researcher and educator, Dr. Belfast maintains an active agenda as a speaker, clinician and adjudicator across the region.


Dr. Ryan Scherber, Assistant Director

Dr. Ryan V. Scherber is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at Case Western Reserve University.  His duties include teaching music education coursework at the undergraduate and graduate level, field observations of student teachers, and oversight of the CWRU Bands program.  In addition to his duties with CWRU, Dr. Scherber serves as distance learning ensemble clinician for the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Assistant Director of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps.  Scherber holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music as well as the Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. Prior to his appointment at CWRU, Dr. Scherber taught music courses at the elementary, middle, and high school level within the Southeastern Local District in South Charleston, Ohio. 

Dr. Scherber’s research interests include pitch perception, teaching in rural contexts, and teacher effectiveness.  His publications have appeared in Research Perspectives in Music Education and the Florida Music Director and he has presented research at state, regional and national venues including the NAfME Biennial National Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, NAfME Northwest Regional Conference, Ohio Music Educators Association Conference, and the Texas Music Educators Association Conference.

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