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 2019, the Ahn Trio, during both master class jam sessions and on-stage concert performances!

Christian Howes 2020 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.
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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

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/Final Performance Attire

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 these items, orchestra students must also bring:

  • Your instrument, bow, rosin, mute, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players). Clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school. Please bring extra strings.
  • Cello/Bass Students: bring your rock stops
  • Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans, and shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.

Final Performance Attire:


  • Long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks
  • White blouse
  • black socks
  • black, closed-toe shoes


  • Black pants
  • White dress shirt
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes

Orchestra Faculty

Nicole DeGuire

Fishers High School, IN

Douglas Droste

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

Andre Gaskins

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Christian Howes

Yamaha Performing Artist

Sean Patrick

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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