Valdosta State Summer Music Camp

JUNE 18-20, 2020

Join us on the beautiful Valdosta State University campus and discover and develop your musical talents. Spend an inspiring three days with students from across the South studying with our outstanding faculty.

Both camp tracks offer a comprehensive musical experience, carefully planned and supervised by VSU faculty to ensure that students of all levels receive the quality instruction and attention needed to improve their skills and enjoy making music.

Band Camp will emphasize individual musical skills through warm-up techniques, masterclasses, solo/ensemble and All-State audition preparation techniques, and large ensemble skills. This program is designed for students of all experience levels. VSU faculty, staff, and students will instruct and perform alongside campers during large ensemble rehearsals, working together to perform for parents on the last day of camp.

Voice Camp students will receive expert training from VSU voice faculty in a variety of topics including: vocal technique, stage craft, dramatic interpretation, sight singing, audition preparation, choral rehearsal skills, and vocal health. Through highly interactive sessions, rehearsals, masterclasses, and lessons, students will explore and develop their vocal potential, while working towards a culminating performance on the last day of camp.

Registration will open in January.

REGISTRATION AND FEES

Please note: The fees listed below were for the 2019 camp. Fees for 2020 will be posted in January.

On-campus: $150

Accommodations in air conditioned dorms with wifi supervised by VSU residence hall staff and VSU Music Camp counselors. Roommates may be requested via email. All meals are included (Thursday lunch/dinner, Friday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch).

Commuters, with meal ticket: $75

For students traveling to-and-from campus each day during camp. Parking pass included. Meals ticket included for lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Commuter, no meal ticket: $50 

For students traveling to-and-from campus each day during camp. Parking pass included. Meals not included, but available on a meal-by-meal basis (cash or credit card).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will I need to bring my own instrument? All brass and woodwind students must bring their own instrument or checkout an instrument from your school. Percussionists must bring snare sticks and mallets, but do not need to bring any instruments. We are unable to provide reeds, mouthpieces, valve oil, etc.

I will be a freshman in high school this fall. Can I still attend? Yes!

What dorm will I be staying in and can I select my own roommate? You will be staying in one of the dorms on the VSU campus. Yes you may select your roommate. This will be completed via email. Please note: both students must request each other in order to be roommates.

What classes will I be taking during camp? Both the band and voice tracks have their own curriculum. Your schedule will be communicated by your camp director via the email provided during registration checkout.

Will there be a concert at the end of camp? We will perform a concert for parents in Whitehead Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building at the end of camp. The schedule will be communicated by your camp director via the email provided during registration checkout.

What will I need to wear for the concert? Because this is a summer camp, we like to keep things casual!

Will I be permitted to have a phone with me? Yes. However, VSU is not responsible for lost or broken items. Please note: phones will not be permitted during rehearsals or classes. We will provide parents/guardians/emergency contacts with a 24-hour emergency phone number that will connect directly to the camp director.

How is health care handled during camp? We will be sending you forms regarding medical treatment and care. These forms are required to be turned in prior to check-in on the first day of camp. Any health problems, chronic ailments, dietary requirements, and medications will be shared with counselors at check-in. Campers needing non-emergency medical attention during business hours will be taken to Student Health on campus. Medical emergencies will be handled by local authorities. All charges for medical services are the responsibility of the camper and their parent/guardian. As soon as possible we will call the emergency contact with information provided during registration checkout.

FACULTY

For more information, please contact:

Benjamin Harper
Director of Bands
Band Camp director

Mark McQuade
Assistant professor of music and voice area chair
Voice Camp director