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Dear Summer Campers, Families and Partners,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties it presents for group gatherings, St. Olaf has elected not to host programming, summer camps, events, or conferences during June, July, and August 2021.
This was a very difficult decision as we carefully assessed the risks and weighed them with the benefits of different summer scenarios. Certainly the availability of vaccines was considered as a reason to host a smaller version of summer offerings, but the COVID-19 virus’ continuing presence in Rice County and across the state continues to reflect a risk to our staff, students, faculty and guests. We have made this decision with the welfare and safety of all at the forefront of our considerations.
We appreciate your partnership, interest and support of St. Olaf and we truly look forward to having the pandemic behind us and to welcoming camps, conferences and events to the St. Olaf campus in 2022.
College Events Team
St. Olaf College
Join high school students from around the nation for an intense week of music-making under the direction of St. Olaf College’s acclaimed music faculty.
Your days will be filled with classes, lessons, and rehearsals, followed by evening faculty recitals, students performances, and social and recreational activities directed by St. Olaf music students.
The final concert will be streamed online.
You will return home with new skills, new energy, new friends, and a heightened commitment to music.
Band - Orchestra - Choir: $$$
For students who have completed grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12
This performance-based experience will challenge you to stretch your musical abilities as you participate in major ensembles like band, orchestra or choir (you may choose up to two ensembles); string, brass, and woodwind chamber music groups (see class description); and private lessons, in addition to solo recital opportunities and highly participatory class offerings.
Instructors and faculty subject to change.
• Academy Orchestra Director, Steven Amundson
• Academy Choir Director, Therees Hibbard
• Academy Band Director, Timothy Mahr
Each student will have the opportunity to take two 30-minute private lessons with the music faculty, included with tuition.
Additional Lesson Package: $$$
Students may purchase two additional half-hour lessons (instrument of your choice or voice).
Enroll in two or three classes, depending on your major ensemble participation. Registration is on a ﬁrst-come basis.
• Acting for the Lyric Stage (NEW)
• Chamber Music (Strings, Brass, Woodwinds)
• Conducting Basics
• Fresh Beats
• Javanese Gamelan
• Intro to Guitar
• Jazz Improvisation
• Keyboard-Specific Pedagogy/Master Class (NEW)
• Music Theory & Aural Skills
Academy Fee Includes
Lodging, meals, class materials and camp t-shirt. Students are housed in comfortable, secure student residence halls. Bedding and bath towel are provided. Instructors and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision. St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.
Commuter - Additional Housing
Contact the St. Olaf camp office to inquire about commuter, additional housing, and transportation options to and from the airport.Transportation Options
Students are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.
Stav Dining Hall
Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station. There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs. However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Camp begins Sunday with check-in anytime between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the designated residence hall. Official check-in is dependent on students audition time in CHM and HOM (band and orchestra only). Check-out begins on Saturday between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm with parents welcome to arrive early to join their student(s) for lunch in Stav Hall between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. The final performance is in Boe Memorial Chapel and begins at 3:00 pm.
St. Olaf Camps
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