Iowa Summer Music Camps Eligibility and Admission

All school musicians who have completed the seventh grade or above may apply for admission as either resident or commuter campers. 

To apply, click on the "Application" button above, and complete the on-line application. If you have any questions, please contact the ISMC Office at 319-335-1635 or toll free at 1-800-553-IOWA, extension 5-1635. The ISMC Office FAX number is 319-353-2555 and the Iowa Summer Music Camps e-mail address is

All students are required to attend all rehearsals, activities and concerts. Some sessions may close prior to the application deadline date because of limited capacity.

Music Camp band practice
Music Camp band performance
Double bass small group practice

General Information

The 65th annual Iowa Summer Music Camps offers students musical training and experience beyond what may be available in their home schools, including group instruction, master classes, and classroom instruction in many phases of instrumental music. The entire program, together with a preview of life on a major university campus, is an invaluable experience for young people, not only in music but also in human relations.

This summer, the Iowa Summer Music Camps will offer educational experiences in Percussion, Jazz, and Piano.  The faculty for all camps are University of Iowa School of Music faculty and nationally-recognized guest artists.



Daniel Moore, coordinator

Immerse yourself in five days of interactive clinics, masterclasses, and rehearsals led by internationally-recognized performers and educators Dan Moore, Mat Britain, Ginny Armstrong, and others. Sessions will focus on a range of percussion disciplines such as snare drum, mallets, concert percussion, improvisation, multi-percussion, world percussion, and steel band.

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JAZZ: June 11-16

Jim Dreier, coordinator

Our jazz camp gives students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making in small group/combo settings. Areas of study will include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, basic arranging skills, and the art of jazz listening.  Camp activities include rehearsals, masterclasses, classes, as well as recreation and entertainment programs. Camp concerts and recitals are free and open to the public.

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PIANO: June 18-23

Alan Huckleberry, coordinator

Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of piano-related topics in a focused, serious, but non-competitive atmosphere. They will receive daily piano lessons with UI faculty members Alan Huckleberry and Réne Lecuona.  For the lessons, students should bring 2-3 pieces (with scores) at the difficulty of least the equivalent of level “D” (according to the IMTA syllabus).  Of these pieces, at least one should be performance ready (memorized).  Students will be required to practice 2 hours per day on our Steinway grand pianos. Further highlights of the camp include classes in music theory,piano literature, sight-reading, and music technology.  Special events will include faculty and student recitals.


To register, use the new online ISMC application form and credit card payment option on the Application page.

Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, Director