Elmhurst College Summer Band Camp

Join us this summer for an intensive one-week music experience!

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The Elmhurst College Summer Band Camp is a music performance camp for high school students that includes master classes, technique classes, chamber music, sectional rehearsals and large ensemble rehearsals. The camp culminates in a final performance.

Evenings are reserved for recreation and organized activities.

Read on to learn more about tuition, schedule, details and how to apply. Please contact Director of Concert Bands James Hile with any other questions you have.

Application Form

Application forms may be submitted beginning February 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis pending receipt of an initial deposit of $100. Applications will remain open until individual sections are filled, at which time a waiting list will be initiated.


  • Resident: $600 (includes instruction, dormitory housing and all meals)
  • Commuter: $400 (includes instruction and daily lunches)


A $50 scholarship is available to students who were selected to one of the ILMEA District performance organizations. An additional $50 scholarship is available to students who participated in one of this year’s ILMEA All-State performance organizations.

Daily Schedule

Although schedules may vary slightly from day-to-day, the following is the basic daily schedule:

  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:50 a.m. Technique/Master Class
  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. Chamber Music
  • 10:00-11:50 a.m. Large Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00-1:50 p.m. Individual Practice
  • 2:00-2:50 p.m. Sectional Rehearsal
  • 3:00-4:50 p.m. Large Ensemble Rehearsal
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Recreation/Evening Activities
  • 11:00 p.m. Lights Out

Placement Auditions

Each student will be asked to perform a brief audition upon check-in on the first day. Auditions will serve the purpose of placement into the Symphonic Band or Concert Band. Both bands will have identical instrumentation with music selected appropriate to the ability level of each ensemble.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in Cureton Residence Hall on the Elmhurst College campus. Cureton Hall is air-conditioned and located within a two-minute walk to instructional facilities and the campus cafeteria. Students will share a room with another student participant based on age. Roommate requests may be made but will only be acknowledged if the request is mutual.

The main café in the Frick Student Center is Elmhurst College’s primary food service facility. A wide assortment of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is available, including made-to-order items, custom pizzas and desserts. For students with dietary preferences or restrictions, our food service will help accommodate your needs.

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James Hile

Director of Concert Bands; Assistant Professor
Department of Music

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