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Summer Music Camp

Wheaton College Summer Institute, Music Experience

Considering Collegiate Music Study?

Join us for a distinctively Christian music experience for high school students entering grades 11 and 12. Formerly known as the Summer Music Camp, the Summer Music Experience is an expanded version now being offered under the Wheaton College Summer Institute. 

SAVE THE DATE: June 19 through July 2, 2022

The Application is Now Open!


Students who enroll in the Summer Institute's music experience course, Music Immersion for the Performing Artist will get to experience life as a Wheaton College Conservatory student. Like our undergraduate students, those attending the summer music program will get to study with our faculty in private lessons, master classes, and chamber ensemble experiences. The course is designed to guide young artists as they grow in their faith and understanding of what it means to be a Christian musician. Other activities include faculty recitals, student performances, repertoire study, and exploring the arts in the city of Chicago with visits to the Art Institute, the Grant Park Symphony, Ravinia Festival, and more!


Vocal Study Offerings

Private, Semi-private lessons, Master classes, Opera scenes, Choral, and Chamber work

Instructing Professors

Sarah Holman, D.M.A., Professor of Music, Voice

Tom Hueber, D.M. A., Assistant Professor of Music

String Study Offerings

Private, Semi-private lessons, Master classes, and Chamber music.

Instructing Professors

Lee Joiner, D.M.A, Associate Professor of Music, Violin, Chair of String Area

Leonardo Altino, M. Mus, Associate Lecturer of Music, Cello

Rose Armbrust Griffin, M.M., Guest Lecturer, Viola

Katie Ernst, M.M., Guest Lecturer, Jazz Bass, Jazz Ensemble Director

Andrew Anderson, M.M., Guest Lecturer, Bass

Piano Study Offerings

Private lessons and Chamber music.

Instructing Professors

Daniel Horn D.M.A, Professor of Music, Piano, Chair of Keyboard Area

Michael Messer D.M.A, Guest Lecturer, Piano

Woodwind Study Offerings

Private, Semi-private lessons, Master classes, and Chamber music.

Instructing Professors

Jennie Brown, D.M.A., Guest Lecturer, Flute

Michael Wilder, Ph.D., Clarinet, Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Division of Arts and Communication

Jonathan Saylor, Ph.D., Professor of Music, Music History, Bassoon, Chair of Wind Area

Deb Stevenson, Guest Lecturer, Oboe

Arthur Black, Guest Lecturer in saxophone

Brass Study Offerings

Private, Semi-private lessons, Masterclasses, and Chamber music.

Instructing Professors

Douglas Yeo, Trombone

Melanie Cottle, French Horn

Kevin Harrison, Tuba

Percussion Study Offerings
Private, Semi-private lessons and Percussion Ensemble (depending on enrollment)

Instructing Professor

Kathleen Kastner, Percussion

Important Dates and Schedule

Registration and Audition Deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Fees Paid in Full: TBD

Check-In:  Sunday, June 19, 2022

Final Concert: Friday, July 1, 2022

Check-Out: Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00am Breakfast
8:30 Chapel/Devotions
9:30 Movement Class
11:00 Special Lectures
12:00pm Lunch
Afternoon  Lessons, Theory Classes, Chamber Music, Practice
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Activities

Summer Music Experience 2022 Costs and Registration

Registration for the Wheaton College Summer Institute; Music Experience 2022 goes from December 20, 2021, to May 1, 2022.

The cost enrollment includes all classes, college course credit, activities, meals, and housing for the week. Housing accommodations are managed by Wheaton student and alumni counselors. More information about COVID-19 protocols, specific dining, and housing arrangements, and schedules will be communicated as information becomes available.

Cost: $2100

Registration and Application information will be posted on the Wheaton College Summer Institute page.


Summer Music campers at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park