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.

Voxman Music Building

General Information

The 67th annual Iowa Summer Music Camps (ISMC) 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 a valuable 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, Piano, and Clarinet.  The faculty for all camps are University of Iowa School of Music faculty and nationally-recognized guest artists.


SESSION ONE: JUNE 7-12, 2020


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.



Steve Grismore, 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.


SESSION TWO: JUNE 14-19, 2020


Jorge Montilla, coordinator

Students enrolled in this summer camp will improve their overall clarinet playing. This intense but fun camp will include warm up sessions, group lessons, one-on-one lessons, basic /intermediate/advanced technique, clinics about clarinet related subjects, clarinet choir rehearsals, small clarinet ensembles, equipment, reed preparation, and students/faculty concerts.



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.  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.



Christine Rutledge, coordinator

The University of Iowa Summer Viola Camp is designed to give students an intensive and fun experience on the beautiful UI campus. Students will participate in technique master classes, performance classes, viola ensembles, and private lessons with Christine Rutledge, Professor of Viola at UI. All students will receive a unique experience that will offer them opportunities to grow as violists and musicians. Viola power!



Amy Schendel, coordinator


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

Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, Director