Summer Music Camp

Augustana's Summer Music Camp was June 6 - 11, 2016, and led by Dr. Paul Schilf, along with professors from the Augustana Department of Music.

View the Music Camp Photos.

Final concert is free and open to the public.

When you join your friends (both old and ones you'll soon make) at the Augustana Summer Music Camp, you'll find the finest in musical instruction, performance opportunities and fun for six days. Make one of our Residence Halls your home for the week, enjoy dining in our Morrison Commons, swim in our pool, dance in our hallways, dabble with an instrument you've always wanted to play, and make beautiful music while creating lasting memories!

Registration for the 2017 camp will open in December.

Who can attend?

  • Students entering grades 7-12.

What will be offered?

  • Piano
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Keyboard
  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Small ensembles
  • Private voice and instrumental lessons
  • Music Theory, History and Conducting classes ~ all led by Augustana faculty members

Are there Augustana students involved in the camp, too?

Absolutely! We have the best students in the world at Augustana, and many of them spend this week of their summer on campus to work with our campers and the Summer Music Program. They'll serve as your counselors, mentors, and friends. In fact, it's not unusual for campers and Augie students to make life-long friendships through their experiences together at camp, and we expect that to continue!

What would my days be like at Summer Music Camp?

You will certainly stay busy! The camp is designed to keep you in movement all day long, meeting new friends, rehearsing with one another, spending time with our amazing faculty, and yes, having some fun that has nothing to do with music! Our college student counselors will develop games, swimming and other recreation opportunities in addition to movies, popcorn, ice cream and more. You will not get bored; we can assure of you that.

Monday, June 6
1:00-4:30 p.m.: Placement auditions and registration
4:30 p.m.: Camp welcome and orientation
5:00 p.m.: Dinner
6:30 p.m.: First ensemble rehearsals
9:00 p.m.: Activities
11:00 p.m.: Lights out

Tuesday - Friday, June 7 - 10
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Rehearsals, classes, and lessons (and lunch!)
5:00 p.m.: Dinner
6:30 p.m.:  Recreation, programs, recitals, and social activities
11:00 p.m.: Lights out

Saturday, June 11
9:00 a.m.- noon: Rehearsals

1:00 p.m.: Final concert at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (directly across 33rd street from campus)

What does it cost to go to the Summer Music Camp?

Our camp fees are very competitive. In fact, you might have a hard time finding a summer camp in music that provides this kind of experience at our low, low rate!

  • Resident Campers: $435
  • Commuter Campers: $325

Fees include all instruction, activities and more. Resident Campers have a full meal plan and room with linens included. Commuter Campers have an evening meal on Monday, noon and evening meals Tuesday through Friday, and a noon meal on Saturday before the final concert included.

One set of two 25-minute private lessons is included. An additional set of lessons is available for $45.

Contact for Further Information

If you have any additional questions or comments concerning the Augustana Summer Music Camp, please contact:

Dr. Paul Schilf, Camp Director,, 605.274.5458

Dr. Russell Svenningsen, Assistant Camp Director,, 605.274.5038

or Brad Heegel, Administrative Director of the Performing and Visual Arts,, 605.274.5508