Otterbein Summer Music Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a college music program? Surround yourself with other students who share your passion and energy for music. Develop new insights into yourself as a musician and a performer. Challenge yourself in a week of intensive, real-world music study. Build your confidence through collaboration with other serious musicians.

We are excited to offer our eighth annual summer music camp at Otterbein University, June 1-6, 2020. The camp caters to composers, pianists, classical vocalists, strings, wind, brass and percussion instruments.

The camp gives students an introduction to college music training. Daily one-on-one instrumental or vocal lessons will be combined with opportunities to play or sing in ensembles. Individual lessons and different chamber music opportunities will round out the experience.

Our classes will focus on theory and ear-training, musicians’ health, music technology and music history (popular and classical music). To develop sight singing and ear training, all summer music participants are encouraged to participate in a choir. The camp will end with student recitals on Saturday, June 6th, in Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center.

We have an overnight option: Students may elect to stay in dorms on campus, with Resident Assistant supervision at all times. To apply to the camp, please send us a YouTube link or mp3 recording of a recent performance containing two or more contrasting pieces.

Event Details
TIME 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION Battelle Fine Arts Center
DIRECTOR Dr. Nicholas Ross, Director of Keyboard Studies, Otterbein University

Rising 9-12 graders (vocalists must be at least 15 years old)

Commuters – $475*

Overnight Campers – $600*

*price subject to change based on updated meal plans

SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE For priority consideration, please apply by April 17th, 2020.
TO APPLY email

Choose From the Following Music Experience Camps

Do you want to improve your string performance? This week long intensive program will focus on improving aspects of technique, musicianship and knowledge specific to your performance area. Individual lessons and different chamber music opportunities will round out the experience. High School students who have achieved an intermediate to advanced level, and desire to improve their skills are encouraged to apply.

Our summer camp offers an intensive week of piano study with Otterbein’s experienced piano faculty. Daily individual and group lessons will be offered in classical piano and jazz piano. Students may also elect to participate in chamber music with other student musicians during the camp. This camp is for rising 9th-12th graders who have achieved an intermediate to advanced level at the piano.

While fostering a passion for singing, students will be introduced to a basic foundation for healthy classical vocal study. You will receive individual voice lessons, group voice lessons, and participate in a daily choral experience. You will also attend vocal seminars in diction, pedagogy, interpretation, audition techniques, and stage deportment. The camp is designed for high school students entering grades 10 through 12 with a strong interest and experience in classical singing.

Are you a budding composer? Our Composition Workshop offers an opportunity to learn essential skills for today’s composer: how to develop your ideas, write for a variety of instruments and use the computer to notate and compose music. The daily schedule includes a music theory and aural skills class, individual and group lessons, and special classes in music technology and other topics. We will also build in the opportunity to try out your ideas with live musicians. The workshop is designed for high school students in grades 9-12 who have a strong interest in writing music. Extensive experience in composition is not necessary as long as the student has had significant training on a musical instrument or voice and can read and write musical notation.

Instrumental CAMP
Are you looking to improve your musicianship skills? The Instrumental camp is a unique summer camp event for high school students entering grades 9-12. Attendees are under the artistic guidance of our outstanding instrumental and ensemble faculty. The goal of the camp is to enhance student growth in school music programs in and outside the state of Ohio. Opportunities will include individual lessons, group studio classes, academic courses in theory, and mixed ensemble experiences (as personnel allows).

How to Apply

To apply to the camp, please send us a YouTube link or mp3 recording of a recent performance containing two or more contrasting pieces via email to Director Dr. Nicholas Ross at  Once you have been accepted into camp and received your password from Dr. Ross, register for Otterbein’s Summer Music Experience camp online.

For More Information

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Markovich at 614-823-1219 or

Otterbein University reserves the right to accept or reject any application or registration and expel any student whose conduct is detrimental to the other students, according to the camp director’s judgment. Otterbein reserves the right to cancel the camp due to insufficient enrollment or just cause.