Music for All Summer Symposium offers string students an exciting experience, learning from award-winning faculty and Internationally-recognized artists. Students develop skills and musicianship working in diverse styles, from classical and jazz to pop and world music. The hands-on curriculum uniquely integrates collaborative learning side-by-side with world-class performers such as, in 2017, Black Violin, during both master class jam sessions and on-stage concert performances!

Christian Howes 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Yamaha Performing Artist

Jazz violinist, educator, and producer Christian Howes brings jazz and improv to the Music for All Orchestra Division. One of the world’s most respected jazz violinists, Christian studied classically from the age of five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The Ohio State University. In 2013, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ Expanded Critics Poll and ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. He regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Learn more at christianhowes.com

Performance Attire

Concert Black – for end-of-week concert

Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable with a white blouse and black shoes.
Boys: dark suit, white shirt, tie, black socks, and black shoes.

Instrumental Merit Scholarships

Instrumental Merit scholarships for members of honor ensembles are now available for eligible students enrolling in the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, or Concert Percussion divisions of the Summer Symposium.

National Honor Ensemble Instrumental Scholarship – $200
All-State Instrumental Scholarship – $150
All-City/District Instrumental Scholarship – $75

See more details on Instrumental Scholarships

Harp Program

Harp program, part of the

Orchestra Division

We’ve added a Harp program to the Music for All Summer Symposium! Elizabeth Richter, professor of harp at Ball State University will lead this new program as part of the Orchestra Division. You can register today for the Harp program.

Download Harp flyer for more details.

Orchestra Faculty

Douglas Droste

Division Head/Conductor
Director of Orchestras, Ball State University
Artistic Director, Muncie Symphony Orchestra

Christian Howes

Yamaha Performing Artist

Nicole DeGuire

Fishers High School, IN

Doug Elmore

Floyd Central H.S., IN
Highland Mills M.S., IN
Louisville Youth Orchestra

Andre Gaskins

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne,
Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Kathy Hershberger

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

Paula Krupiczewicz

North Cobb H.S., GA

Joel Powell

Carmel Clay Schools, IN

What are students saying about Orchestra at America’s Camp?

Because of the concerts & sessions with the stunning Christian Howes, I was completely blown away!

In case anyone was wondering, I loved every bit of it and I’m coming again next year!

This was an amazing camp! I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful experience!

Parent/Booster Institute

Music for All’s parent/booster training and advocacy programs and resources are key elements in Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has the opportunity and access to participate in music making in his or her scholastic environment.

What Should Your Child Bring?

June weather in Indiana is often unpredictable. Historical averages for this area range from 60°F-90°F and often include high humidity. Please keep that in mind when packing for camp.

Staying in Touch with your Student

The Music for All Headquarters staff is unable to receive and deliver messages to students by phone, unless an emergency requires immediately delivery. If you wish to speak with your child during the week, plan your calling schedule before your child leaves home.

Supervision and Health Info

Your child’s safety is our utmost priority. While at camp, your child is required to attend all classes, meals, concerts, and nightly floor meetings, where attendance is taken.

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