Music Camp

St. Olaf Music Camp, Minnesota – work with the incredible St. Olaf music faculty. Orchestra, Band and Choir ensembles as well as classes, lessons, and more.
June 19–25, 2016
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Final Concert

Saturday, June 25
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Boe Chapel
We encourage guests to stay for the entirety of the concert.

To stream the final concert, please visit Streaming & Multimedia


If you want to spend time with others who love music as much as you do — and learn from some of the best faculty in the nation — plan to attend the St. Olaf Summer Music Camp for the best week of your summer. Join high school students from around the nation in this intense and exciting week of music-making under the direction of the internationally acclaimed St. Olaf College music faculty.

Music camp days are filled with classes, lessons, rehearsals, and practice. But that’s not all. After a great meal and time to visit with new friends, you will enjoy faculty recitals, student recitals and performances, and social and recreational activities directed by camp counselors who are St. Olaf music students. A camp dance and a Talent/No Talent Night complete this rigorous and fun-filled week. You will return home with new skills, new energy, new friends, and a heightened commitment to music.

Music camp is open to high school students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Music campers participate in one or two major ensembles: band, choir and orchestra.


Financial Assistance NOW available through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education! 


Comprehensive Fee: $630

Fee includes housing in a college residence hall, all meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday lunch, class materials, two private lessons, and a camp t-shirt.

Additional Lesson Package $65

Two additional half-hour lessons, instrument or voice of your choice.

*Contact St. Olaf Camps ( if you are interested in a non-residential option.

Late fees apply after May 1.

The Program

This performance-based experience will challenge and encourage you to stretch your musical abilities. Everyone participates in at least one large ensemble (band, choir, or orchestra). You will complete your day with elective classes and an optional second ensemble. Two 30-minute private lessons are included with your camp tuition, and an optional package of two more lessons may be added for an additional fee. Students fill in their daily schedules with their choice of classes.

Evening performances include recitals by St. Olaf faculty, counselors, and campers. Camp concludes with a series of recitals on Friday and a concert on Saturday featuring the camp band, choir, and orchestra. The concert will be streamed, and a digital download of the final concert will be available.

Major Ensembles

Band Conducted by Timothy Mahr ’78, conductor of the St. Olaf Band
Choir Conducted by Therees Hibbard, conductor of the Manitou Singers
Orchestra Conducted by Steve Amundson, conductor of  the St. Olaf Orchestra


You will be enrolled in two to three classes, depending on your major ensemble participation. Class registration is on a first-come basis. Visit for class descriptions.

Classes include:

Instrumental Chamber Music, Ear Training, Music Theory, Rhythm Workshop, Conducting Basics, Jazz Improvisation, Musical Theater Workshop, Handbells, World Music, The Nuts and Bolts in your Musical Toolbox.

College Scholarship Competition

St. Olaf Summer Music Camp will again be awarding scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to three outstanding Summer Music Campers. These campers must be rising seniors and each must subsequently apply, be admitted to, and enroll at St. Olaf as a first-year student beginning fall 2017. The recipients will be chosen by the camp faculty, with one recipient chosen from each of the large ensembles: band, choir, orchestra, and piano academy. All rising seniors will be considered for the award, which will be presented at the final concert on Saturday afternoon. Each award will be a renewable scholarship for up to four years, for a total of $4,000 each. It requires only that the student participate in a St. Olaf music ensemble on their scholarship instrument.

Refund Policy

Written cancellations received by May 1 will receive a refund minus the $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after May 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does St. Olaf provide transportation to campus?
Please email inquiring about transportation.

How many campers attend music camp?
This camp typically includes 180–200 musicians.

Are there any scholarships or financial assistance available for students in need?
Yes, financial assistance will be offered to Minnesota participants through the MN Office of Higher Education.

Are there auditions?
No auditions are required prior to your arrival. On the first day of camp there will be auditions for chair placement:

  • Orchestra auditions (string only) are for seating only. Students should prepare 2-minute excerpts in contrasting styles (fast/technical, slow/lyrical). Campers will be asked to sight read a short sample. Orchestra winds (brass, percussion, woodwinds) must audition for a chair in the orchestra. These auditions are part of the band audition and the requirements are the same as the string requirements listed above. Wind/percussion players not placed in orchestra will play in the band.
  • Band auditions are for chair placement.
  • Choir does not have auditions.

Are there campers from out-of-state?
About 50 percent of the campers are from outside Minnesota.

What level of ability most the camper be playing at to attend?
Since this is not an audition camp, there is a variety of skill levels.

What is the gender make up of the camp?
Typically 1/3 boys to 2/3 girls.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations received by May 1 will receive a refund minus the $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after May 1.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can he still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.

May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online.
No. In order to meet regulations we can only take credit cards using our online form.