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Music Camps at CWU

Music Camps

Central Washington University (CWU) is the perfect place for summer music camps. Perfect not only because of its location in Ellensburg right in the heart of the state, but also because of its beautiful historic campus, state-of-the-art facilities, excellent residential halls and exceptional food service. The CWU campus has a long history of hosting music events and summer workshops. The CWU music department has a proud heritage of preparing music education students to not only enter their profession but also to succeed in their profession. Because CWU is the center of music education in the State of Washington, we are motivated to offer this camp to inspire young musicians and to make a difference in their musical lives.

Band Camps at CWU

The band camps at CWU have a simple philosophy: making music is FUN – especially when it is shared with close friends in a beautiful, safe place, and mixed with a variety of enjoyable recreational activities. The CWU band camp offers a perfect mix of music, recreation, and fun for all. 

CWU Drum Major/Leadership Camp, July 10-14, 2016

The CWU Drum Major/Leadership Academy is designed to prepare drum majors, band officers, and section leaders for the responsibilities and challenges they will encounter as leaders in the marching band. Classes are focused on conducting, voice commands, marching band techniques, marching pedagogy, competition procedures, rehearsal techniques, and discipline. To stress musicianship, Drum Major Academy students also participate in a Symphonic Band. The directors of the Drum Major/Leadership camp have over 20 years of experience successfully preparing young student leaders for the challenges of working with their band directors and their peers. Former campers have gone on to superior performances at marching festivals and competitions all over the country including the BOA competitions.


CWU Symphonic Band Camp, July 10-14, 2016

The CWU Symphonic Band Camp, conducted by Professor Mark Lane, is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school students. The camp has one of the best teacher/student ratios of any band camp in the Northwest, and the staff for the camp includes CWU faculty, as well as some of the most talented high school instructors and professional musicians in the state. In addition to the Symphonic Band, campers learn music theory, and participate in master classes, music sectionals, and small ensembles. This camp offers students a chance to get a head start on the upcoming year by spending a week of intense music study at the CWU Symphonic Band Camp. 

Jazz Camp, June 26 - 30, 2016

Jazz Band campers will have opportunities to perform in big bands and small combos and attend classes that focus on jazz theory, improvisation, jazz history and instrumental master classes.

Summer Clarinet Experience, July 5-9, 2016
with Frank Kowalsky


CWU Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, 2016 TBA
(summer workshop for advanced high school and college string students