what is an Ability Discount?

Ability Discounts require interested campers to submit an audio recording, résumé, and application form which will be reviewed by FSU Faculty members for varying amounts in discounts. Discounts amounts vary based on factors that include available funding, performance score, résumé, activities, length of camp, age, experience, and other discounts being received.

Below are the average discount ranges for each camp:

Band Camp for Senior High $50-$125
Band Camp for Middle School $25-$75
Choral Ensemble Camp $50-$150
Jazz Ensemble Camp for Senior High $75-$150
Jazz Ensemble Camp for Middle School $50-$125
Piano Camp $25-$75
Piano Institute $50-$150
String Orchestra $25-150


  • Applications will be accepted starting January 7, 2019. You do not need to be registered for camp to apply; if you receive a discount you will have two weeks from the time of notification to register and pay your non-refundable deposit to take advantage of the discount.
  • Deadline to submit your application is February 18, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • Recordings will not be reviewed until after the February 18, 2019 deadline.
  • If you would like to apply for an Ability Discount for multiple camps you must submit a separate recording for each camp.

Ability Discounts are available for the following camps:

Band Camp For Senior High
Band Camp For Middle School
Choral Ensemble Camp
Honors Chamber Winds Camp
There are no Ability Discounts available for this camp because there is no tuition cost if you are accepted. However, your audition application will be automatically reviewed for an Ability Discount to Band Camp for Senior High in the event that you are not admitted to Honors Chamber Winds. You do not need to send in a separate Ability Discount Application for band camp.  Your decision letter from your Honors Chamber Winds audition will contain any information about Ability Discounts to Band Camp for Senior High.
Jazz Ensemble Camp for Senior High
Jazz Ensemble Camp for Middle School
Piano Camp
Piano Institute
You do NOT need to submit an Ability Discount Application. Your audition application will be automatically reviewed for an Ability Discount.
String Orchestra Camp

Evaluation Criteria:

Recordings are reviewed & evaluated by FSU Faculty according to the following criteria:

  • Instrument or Voice Tone Quality
  • Correct Notes & Rhythm
  • Difficulty of Music
  • Intonation
  • Stylistic Aspects

Overall evaluation of award is based on factors that include the above performance score, résumé, activities, length of camp, age, experience, and other discounts being received.

Application Instructions:

This discount application requires you to complete an online application.  Discount applications will be accepted starting in January.  All applications are done online through this website.  You may need to create a user account on this site in order to apply.  If you think you have an account already but need help accessing it you may contact our office for assistance.   We have also created a video to help guide you through getting started on this website.

Once you create an account and log in, you will fill out a general application form.  Once you have completed this basic form you will be able to go to a listing of all of the available discounts and select any that you wish to apply for, including the Ability Discount.  

For the Ability Discount, you will be required to submit the following:

  1. A supplemental application form that asks specific questions about the Ability Discount
  2. A brief, 1-page résumé of your playing experience. This may include school experience, special performances, other camps you have attended, private lesson experience and any other pertinent musical details.   Click here for a sample résume.
  3. A link to a YouTube (or Vimeo) video of you playing the following:
  • Two (2) pieces of contrasting style. One piece that is up-tempo and more technically demanding; one piece that is slower, more lyrical. These can be two movements of the same piece. The overall length of each piece should be between 3-6 minutes.
  • Two (2) scales of your choice (2 octaves for senior high students, 1 octave for middle school students).

Your video can show you playing all of these items in one video in which case you will provide one YouTube link, or you can make separate videos of each item and provide four separate YouTube links.  

Once you are sure you have completed all tasks and are happy with your application click SUBMIT to officially submit your application.  You will receive an on-screen notification and an email that your application has been received. 


Getting Your Results

You will be notified VIA EMAIL on or around April 15, 2019.  You will receive notification of our decision even if you do not receive a discount.

Overall Discount Guidelines:

Maximum Number of Discounts
Campers are eligible to receive a total of two (2) discounts per camp. For example: you can get the Early Bird and an Ability Discount. You can get the All-State Discount and an Ability Discount. You can NOT receive the Early Bird, the All-State and an Ability Discount.

Maximum Value of Discounts
The total amount of combined value in discounts that you can receive per camp from the FSU Summer Music Camps can not exceed the $150.


Q. I don't know how to make a recording! Help!
A. This does not have to be a professional quality recording. We just need to be able to hear you.  You can use your smart phone to make a video recording.  If you don't have the means to make a recording at home or can't figure it out, ask your music teacher at school to help out.  Instructions on uploading videos to YouTube can be found on the YouTube site.  

Q. When will I be notified of the decision? How will I be notified?
A. Ability Discounts will not be reviewed until after the February 20th deadline. Notifications will be sent by email and will be made by April 2, 2017.

Q. How long should the recording be?
A. Our general guideline is that each piece should be between 3-6 minutes.

Q. Can I play two movements of the same piece as my two contrasting pieces?
A. Yes. 

Q. Can you give some examples of pieces to play?
A. We want to hear something that showcases your ability; not so difficult that you can't play it well, but not so easy that it's beneath your playing ability. Selections should be classical in nature for all camps except for Jazz auditions.  If you are unsure what to play, talk to your music teacher at school.

Q. I'm a percussionist, what do I record?
A. For band camp percussionists we suggest one snare and one mallet piece.

Q. I'm auditioning for the jazz camp. Should I make a recording as a solo, or with my jazz band?
A. For brass and woodwind instruments, we prefer for you to record as a solo. And though we prefer solos for all instruments, drummers and rhythm instruments may find it more suitable to record with an ensemble. If you decide to include a piece with an ensemble,

  1. Please keep it to a reasonable length (no 20 minute pieces please)
  2. Be sure that it includes you as a featured soloist, and that you mark on the CD, the time during the track that your solo appears (we would hate for your solo to be 10 minutes into the piece, and the judge stopped listening at minute 8). We recommend that the solo includes a swing pattern for drummers, and a 12-part blues pattern for piano, bass and guitarists.


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