The Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium offers a week-long, immersive camp experience for middle school band students. Students will spend a fun and inspiring week with renowned teachers, exciting artists, and fellow campers from across the country. Designed from the ground up with the middle school student in mind, students will grow as both musicians and individuals. Their experience will be positively life-changing!

The Middle School Concert Band Camp is designed for students entering 7th or 8th grade, with at least one year of performance experience on their instrument.

Highlights include:

  • Featured Conductor: Margurite Wilder – Executive Director, The Feierabend Association for Music Education, IL
  • Featured Conductor: Robert Tyrome Herrings, III – Henry M.S., TX
  • Robert W. Smith, Composer-in-Residence
  • Professional, student-centered faculty
  • Student interaction with composer-in-residence
  • Separate dining/dorm facilities for MS students
  • 24-hour supervision by counselors/SWAG Team*
  • Low student-to-counselor ratio
  • A positive, caring environment to meet the needs of the middle school student
  • Two FREE camp t-shirts for every student

Parents

Our Middle School Camp coordinators Keith Ozsvath and Greg Scapillato live the mission every day, as middle school band directors and, themselves, parents. We know you are looking for a safe environment for your child, with exceptional teaching from distinguished faculty. You also are looking for value. The Music for All Summer Symposium provides lodging, meals, tuition, materials, teachers, and concerts for a reasonable cost that is far exceeded in value and impact.

*The SWAG Team members are the Music for All camp’s counselors, teaching assistants, and superheroes. They are selected by vigorous application process, undergo a background check, and carry forward the 35-year tradition of ensuring safe, positively life-changing experiences for campers.

Onsite Placement Hearing

Placement General Information

All Middle School campers will have an on-site placement hearing for ensemble and chair determination on Monday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The placement hearing will take approximately 10 minutes per student and will help us as teachers to provide you with the best experience possible.

Placement hearings will consist of two scales, and an etude. The second scale can be performed as a one- or two-octave scale; whichever you prefer is fine. Perform each scale at a tempo that allows you to maintain steady pulse and play with your best note accuracy. A goal tempo is indicated for the etude. You should strive for this tempo, while remembering that note and rhythm accuracy are most important. Perform the etude at a tempo that will allow you to perform the music with the most accuracy.

Join Us!

for the 2022 Music for All Summer Symposium

June 27-July 2, 2022

Leadership Weekend: June 25-26

Ball State University

Packing List

All students, regardless of division, should
bring the following items:

  • Comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes for walking around campus
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket for cooler weather
  • Rain gear for inclement weather (jacket, poncho, or umbrella)
  • Personal toiletries (bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Towels and washcloths. Sheets, pillow, pillowcases, and blanket are provided by Ball State Housing
  • Sunglasses, hat, water bottle, and SUNSCREEN
  • Backpack, a spiral notebook, and pens/pencils

Optional: money or debit card for incidental purchases such
as souvenirs, snacks, etc. $50-$80 recommended.

In addition to the basic items listed, middle school participants should bring the following:

  • Your instrument and fold up music stand marked with your name, address and school. Percussionists will only need to bring a stick bag with snare drum sticks, timpani mallets, and keyboard mallets.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc. Muncie Music Center will be on campus during the week should you need to purchase supplies.
  • Comfortable attire – shorts, jeans & t-shirts – are appropriate for the Camp week. Please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day (no clothing with inappropriate/offensive language)
  • Middle School campers will wear their issued Summer Symposium t-shirts as a “uniform” throughout the week. Each student will receive two t-shirts at registration and camp staff will launder the students’ shirts every other day.

 

Final Performance Attire

  • Summer Symposium t-shirt (provided)
  • Full-length, black dress pants (no leggings, please)
  • Black socks and dress shoes
Best Event With an Existing Event/Festival International Festivals & Events Association

Middle School Faculty

Scott Brown

Percussion Coordinator
Dickerson M.S.
Marietta, GA

Robert Herrings, III

Conductor
Henry M.S.
Cedar Park, TX

Andrew Hunter

Conductor’s Assistant
Wauconda M.S.
Wauconda, IL

Mike Lynch

Percussion Assistant
Simpson M.S., retired
Marietta, GA

Keith Ozsvath

Division Coordinator
Batavia, IL
Band Director, Rotolo MS

Sherry Reiss

Conductor’s Assistant
Rotolo M.S.
Batavia, IL

Greg Scapillato

Division Coordinator
Northbrook, IL
Band Director, Northbrook Jr. High

Marguerite Wilder

Conductor
Executive Director
The Feierabend Association for Music Education

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