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Iowa Summer Music Camps are back!

The UI School of Music, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites students who have completed sixth grade and above to the University of Iowa for more specialized musical training.

UI School of Music's Iowa Summer Music Camps inspire young musicians.

All school musicians who have completed the sixth grade and 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.

The 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, Clarinet, and Saxophone.  The faculty for all camps are University of Iowa School of Music faculty and nationally-recognized guest artists.

SESSION ONE: JUNE 12-17, 2022 


Dr. Dan Moore, clinician and coordinator

Immerse yourself in five days of interactive clinics, masterclasses, and rehearsals led by internationally-recognized performers and educators Ginny Armstrong, Mat Britain, 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.

Curtis Taylor, clinician and 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 19-24, 2022 


Jorge Montilla, clinician and 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, clinician and 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.

Dr. Kenneth Tse, clinician and coordinator

Designed for intermediate through advanced high school students with a maximum number of 12 saxophonists. This camp includes master classes, group warm-up sessions, reed classes, quartet coaching, student concert, and saxophone ensemble! This course is geared toward students who plan to pursue a college degree in saxophone performance or music education.  Existing quartets and international students are encouraged to apply.  For master class performances, students should bring at least 2 prepared pieces (with scores).   Students will be required to practice at least 2 hours each day.

Enrollment in this camp is limited to 12 students. If interested, please contact Dr. Kenneth Tse by email at and provide him with the following information:


How many years playing saxophone


Grade level

IMPORTANT: Students should not submit payment for Saxophone Camp using the online registration form that is used for the other camps. Students that are accepted into the camp by Dr. Tse will be sent a link for the Saxophone Camp which can be used for registration and payment.


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

Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, Director