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Founded in 2003, the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp is a week-long day camp for band, orchestra, choir and piano musicians entering grades 5-10. Students at all proficiency levels are invited to join us for a week of musical enrichment, growth, and new opportunities. To this end, the camp is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • provide participants with heightened musical experiences to enhance school and/or private instruction
  • develop musicianship and advance instrumental and vocal technique through ensemble and solo performance
  • offer elective classes that will promote awareness of multiple methods for expressing music
  • bring together students from throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area to share a unique musical experience

To this end the following experiences are offered:

  • large ensemble rehearsals for band, orchestra and choir musicians
  • group master classes and individual instruction for pianists
  • small group lessons and sectionals taught by outstanding K-12 faculty from throughout Maryland
  • participation in three elective music classes
  • daily performances by university faculty and professional musicians
  • performance in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center