2018 Wesley Shepard Summer Music Camp

Music Camp for Band, Orchestra, and Piano Students


Summer Camp Students

The University of Evansville Department of Music will host our music camp again the summer of 2018. This camp includes experiences in band, orchestra, and piano/keyboard. Any student in grades 6-12 who has completed at least one year of band, orchestra, private lessons, or similar experience is eligible to attend!


Camp Cost

UE's Summer Music Camp occurs from , through , with both day and overnight camp options. 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.

Day camp tuition includes a hot lunch each day in Ridgway University Center. Overnight campers' tuition also includes six nights in a UE residence hall, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and additional evening activities - social and recreational activities and guest performances.

  • Day Camp - $300 (Get $50 off if you register on/before Monday, May 14, 2018)
  • Overnight Camp - $550 (Get $50 off if you register on/before Monday, May 14, 2018)


Ensemble Auditions

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 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.

Pre-recorded playing samples should be sent via e-mail to the student's respective ensemble director:

In the subject line of the e-mail, please use the following format:
Student's name, Student's primary instrument, 2018 Summer Music Camp Audition

Students should submit their pre-recorded playing samples by Friday, June 1, 2018.

Piano Camp

Students that take part in the piano camp track will experience a variety of activities related to piano/keyboard studies. Activities include attending recitals, private lessons, and performance opportunities. The final performance for the piano camp students will be on Friday night of the camp at 7:00 p.m.


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 list of electives:

Music Theory Jazz Band Music in the Movies
Piano Music Technology World Drumming
Conducting Jazz Improvisation Composition

Music Theory Placement

If a student indicates on their camp application that they wish to take one of our courses in music theory as an elective, they must submit a music theory placement assessment. Having students complete this assessment will ensure that they are placed in a theory course that best fits their level of experience.

Theory students will be e-mailed at the e-mail address listed on their camp application. That e-mail will contain a link to an assessment created by University of Evansville faculty. Students should complete the music theory placement assessment and submit it. Once submitted, students will be automatically placed into the theory course that best fits their experience level.

Students should complete their music theory assessment by Friday, June 1, 2018.

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.