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Summer Music Camp

Wheaton College Summer Institute, Music Experience

Join us for a distinctively Christian music experience for skilled high school musicians 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 18 to July 1, 2023. The application will open in January.



Music Immersion for the Performing Artist

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 study with Conservatory 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!


Brass Study Offerings

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

Instructing Professors

Melanie Cottle, French Horn

Kevin Harrison, Tuba

Daniel Quinn, Trombone

String Study Offerings

Private and semi-private lessons.


Instructing Professors

Edward Zimmerman, D.M.A., Professor of Music, Organ

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

Instructing Professor

Kathleen Kastner, Percussion

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

Kyle Orth, D.M.A. Candidate, Guest Lecturer, Piano

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

Soh-Hyun Park Altino, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music, Violin

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

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

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

Vocal Study Offerings

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

Instructing Professors

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

Christopher Lorimer, M.M., Guest Lecturer, Voice

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

Important Dates and Schedule

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

Total Program Cost: $2100

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