Honors Chamber Winds Ensemble

June 21 - July 4, 2020.  This camp has been canceled for 2020.  Please click here for more information.

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Camp Features

Instruction For Advanced, Pre-Collegiate Students
The FSU Honors Chamber Winds Ensemble provides a unique opportunity for fifteen musicians who seek an exceptional summer experience. Two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two trumpets, one trombone, one tuba, and three horns are selected by audition to work on a collegiate level with FSU faculty members.  The instructional focus of this camp is on building technique, refining interpretation, strengthening practice skills, enhancing repertoire, and preparing for performance.  

Rigorous Class Schedule 
Students will receive instruction in a large wind ensemble, a quintet, and as the wind section for the Symphony Orchestra. 

Students have ample time built into their schedule for individual practice.  See what a sample daily schedule for this camp looks like.

Full Tuition Scholarship
All 15 students selected for this camp will be given a full-tuition scholarship - a value of over $490.00! Students who attend as day campers pay nothing; Students who attend as overnight campers pay housing and meals costs only.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available at this camp for an additional fee.  Lessons are arranged at check-in. Read more about Private Lessons.

Performance Opportunities
Students will perform in at least two public performances.  On Thursday, July 2nd students will perform in the Honors Chamber Winds Final Performance, in Opperman Music Hall, which features pieces prepared by the Chamber Winds Ensemble and quintets.  On Saturday, July 4th, students will perform in the String Orchestra Camp Final Performance, in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, which will feature the members of HCW as the wind section of the Symphony Orchestra.

Campers also have the option to audition during camp for the Honors Solo Recital. Selected musicians will perform their solo piece in a special Honors Solo Performance.

Evening & Weekend Activities
Activities are planned for each evening and for the weekend. Attend faculty concerts, go bowling at Crenshaw Lanes, jump at SkyZone, Paint-A-Pot at the Art Center, take a trip to Maclay Gardens, see an Imax movie, and more!

Be A Summer Seminole
Spend time on the FSU Campus and experience what it's like to be a Nole.  Learn more about dorm rooms, dining, medical care, and everything in between on our CAMP LIFE page.

Camp Dates

Sun., June 21 - Sat., July 4, 2020
This camp has been cancelled for summer 2020.  Please click here for more information.
$423.00 (Overnight Campers)
$0.00  (Day Campers) 


Students must be attending grades 9-12 in the '19-’20 school year to be eligible to audition. Rising 9th graders during the summer of 2020 are not eligible.

An audition is required for acceptance. Click here for audition requirements.

There will also be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your quintet assignment, and an optional audition during the first week of camp for the Honors Solo Recital.

Florida State is committed to providing a quality education to all qualified students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Please contact our office to discuss any questions or accommodations that may need to be made for your camper at least three weeks prior to the start of camp.

Price Details

Overnight Campers: $423.00
This includes the full-tuition scholarship, housing, and three meals per day.

Day Campers: $0.00
A full-tuition scholarship is provided for this camp, therefore there is no cost to day-campers.

  • A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration if you are accepted.  This deposit is applied toward to total cost.  The balance is due by June 8, 2020
  • Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks and optional recreation activities. More information is provided in the camp handbook.

Because there is no tuition at this camp, Discounts are not available. However, your audition will automatically be reviewed for an Ability Discount to the Band Camp for Senior High in the event that you are not selected for Chamber Winds. 

Optional private lessons may be booked at camp check-in and are $50.00 per 50-minute lesson paid directly to the lesson instructor. Read more about Private Lessons.


All campers must bring their instrument with them to camp.   If you do not own your own instrument, we suggest speaking with your music teacher about borrowing your school instrument for the duration of camp. 

Following are the instruments that are eligible to auditon for this camp:

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba

Campers will also need to bring a folding music stand and their instrument accessories.  Learn more about packing for camp.

Check-In & Check-Out

Campers check-in on Sunday, June 21 between 9:00am-Noon.

Campers check-out after the final Sympohny Orchestra performance on Saturday, July 4. The performance begins at 9:30am in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and is anticipated to end at approximately 11:30am.

Camp continues as regularly scheduled on July 4th. Campers are expected to attend the final performance and the required camp activities on this holiday.

On Saturday, June 27 there will be a rehearsal in the morning which is required for all campers. Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday there are recreation activities planned. See the sample schedule for more details.

Detailed information about check-in, check-out, and everything in-between will be provided in the Camp Handbook.

Band Camp Alternative

If you are auditioning for Honors Chamber Winds but you know that you will definitely attend Band Camp for Senior High if you are not accepted, go ahead and register for BCSH*. If you are ultimately accepted to Chamber Winds we will move your registration over for you; If you are not accepted then you will have your spot secured for Band Camp for Senior High.

If you are undecided about attending Band Camp for Senior High if you are not accepted: submit your audition and do not register for Band Camp. If you are not accepted we will make sure we have a spot for you at camp once decisions have been made.

Your choice to register for or not register for Band Camp for Senior High does not impact your audition results.

If you have any questions about the audition process or about registering for band camp, please contact our office at 850-644-9934.

Camp Links

  Daily Schedule (coming soon)

  Camp Life: Housing, Meals and More

  Camp Planning Resources

  Camp Handbook (coming soon)

Camp Forms (coming January)


Our Chamber Winds Instructors feature FSU professors and College of Music Alumni


Professor of Conducting and Director of Advanced Wind Ensembles
Florida State University


Professor Of Horn
Florida State University

justin benavidez

Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Florida State University


Director of Bands
Orange Park High School

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