2020 Wesley Shepard Summer Music Camp

The University of Evansville’s Department of Music has cancelled the 2020 Wesley Shephard Summer Music Camp due to COVID-19. Your interest in our music outreach program is much appreciated. Please look to our website for updates by no later than March 2021 for summer 2021 program dates.

Music Camp for Band, Orchestra, and Piano Students

Sunday, June 14 - Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer Camp Students

The University of Evansville Department of Music will host our music camp again the summer of 2020. This camp includes experiences in band, orchestra, and piano. Any student in grades 6-12 who has completed at least one year of band, orchestra, piano, private lessons, or similar experience is eligible to attend!


Camp Cost

UE's Summer Music Camp occurs from Sunday, June 14, through Saturday, June 20, 2020. Students will enjoy rehearsing and performing in a band or orchestra, receiving specialized instruction in like-instrument/groups, learning musicianship skills, and experiencing a variety of music-related activities.

Summer camp tuition includes a hot lunch each day in Ridgway University Center.

Summer Camp - $300 (Get $50 off if you register on/before Friday, May 22, 2020.)


Ensemble Auditions - Band, Orchestra, and Piano*

* Piano students will participate in the orchestra and bands ensemble.

Pre-recorded playing samples will be requested in Spring 2020.
Students should complete their ensemble auditions by Monday, June 8, 2020, the registration deadline.

In order to place students in the proper ensemble, we ask that all students wishing to take part in our band and orchestra camp track submit a pre-recorded sample of their playing. Pre-recorded playing samples will be submitted to the University of Evansville music faculty, and only ensemble directors will have access to these recordings. Students should include the title of the piece and their name in the recording. Students may choose to submit the following items for their pre-recorded playing sample:

  • Excerpt from student's solo/ensemble repertoire
  • Excerpt from pieces played in student's band/orchestra/piano classes
  • Excerpt from a selection the student's private lessons instructor has approved

Pre-recorded playing samples should be no longer than two minutes in length.

Upload your pre-recorded playing sample


Students will be able to select two electives to take for the week of camp. We hope to place students in their first choice of two electives, however we are asking that all students select at least two secondary choice electives as well.

Students may choose from the following electives:

  • Boom Whacker Ensemble
  • Ukulele Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • World Drumming
  • Beginning Piano

Jazz Band Elective

Students wishing to be in Jazz Band should select this option as one of their electives. Instruments needed for the bands include:

  • Saxophones (Altos, Tenors, Baritones)
  • Brass (Trumpets, Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas)
  • Rhythm (Drum Set Player, Guitar, Piano, Bass [Electric or Acoustic])
  • Other - We may accept other woodwind and string instruments if space allows

Seating placements for jazz band will be determined based on student's pre-recorded playing sample sent to their primary ensemble director.

Additional Information

Please feel free to contact the Music Outreach Director, summermusiccamp@evansville.edu with any questions or comments.