Mizzou Summer Music Camps FAQ

When do camps take place?

Our camps take place as follows:

  • June 20-24 Music of the World Piano Camp
  • June 19-26 Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar
  • June 5-11 Missouri Summer Composition Institute (COMP Camp)

Please see our sample schedules for more information on day-to-day activities during our Camps.

What does it cost to attend Mizzou Summer Music Camps?

  • World Piano Camp: $160, which includes a $50 non-refundable deposit, due upon enrollment. Remaining $110 is due by June 6th.
  • Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar: all successful applicants receive full tuition scholarship to the Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar, but must pay a Room/Board fee of $550. Those fees include a $50 non-refundable application fee, due upon acceptance. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the beginning of May, and then $250 of the tuition is due by May 13th. The balance is due upon check-in on June 19.
  • COMP: $100, due June 5th. All former and current COMP Festival winners receive a full scholarship to the COMP Camp.

Do campers need to audition to be accepted at Mizzou Summer Music Camps?

COMP Camp and Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar are both audition-based, and you can see specific audition requirements in the online applications.

What is the difference between resident campers and commuter campers?

Resident campers stay on-campus 24/7 from Check In until Check Out. All COMP and Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar campers will be resident campers, and have meals covered from Check In until Check Out.

Where do I pick up and drop off my commuter camper?

You will pick up and drop off your commuter camper in front of the residence hall where the resident campers stay. We will be able to confirm that location when we send out the official Camp Handbook in April, but in the past campers have resided in either Schurz or Hatch Halls.

Where do camp activities take place?

All rehearsals and classes will take place in the Fine Arts Building, Loeb Hall, and/or McKee Gymnasium here on the Mizzou campus. Camp directors also usually organize field trips, walking distance from those buildings, and those vary from year to year.

Where do the resident campers stay and dine?

Residents Campers will stay in one of our on-campus Residence Halls for the week and have all meals included in their tuition at Plaza 900. The dormitories are all air-conditioned, and come with a complete linen service.  The exact dormitory will not be determined until Residence Life makes its assignments in early Spring, but in the past campers have resided in either Schurz or Hatch Halls. This is a short 5-minute walk from Plaza 900.

How are the dormitory living arrangements set up?

Boys and girls will be housed separately in double rooms on separate levels and/or wings of the dormitory. Counselors reside on each floor and monitor campers 24/7. Boys are never allowed in girls’ rooms, and vice versa. This policy is strictly enforced, and any camper caught violating our policy will be expelled from camp, effective immediately.

Can campers choose roommates?

You can indicate a preferred roommate on the application form! If no roommate preference is indicated on the online form, we will assign roommates based on gender, age, and camp. We cannot accommodate more than two campers per room, and girls always room with girls, and boys always room with boys.

How can I pay for camp?

You may pay your deposit or tuition balance one of the following ways:

1. By credit card over the phone (573-882-2605)

2. By cash or check in person (make checks payable to MU School of Music, with the program in the memo line), 140 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211

3. By check, mailed to Community Music Program, 140 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211 (please make checks payable to MU School of Music, with the program in the memo line; please do not mail cash)

What is your refund policy?

All deposits are non-refundable. We can only honor refunds for the remainder of camp tuition in the event of documented emergencies. Refunds after June 1st may be problematic, if not impossible.

How many campers attend each year?

The Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar and COMP Camps are capped at 16 students.

My camper has food allergies, can you accommodate them?

Yes! Please let the program director know if your camper has any food allergies, so that the camp staff is aware of it and can make necessary accommodations. We do not have nurses in residence during the camp, and all campers will need to submit copied of health insurance coverage if they have it. Our dining halls do offer gluten-free, vegan, and other specialized options and you can search daily menus based on such criteria through Zoutrition, a new online tool that provides those dining on campus with nutritional information for Mizzou dining halls. To experience Zoutrition, visit http://zoutrition.missouri.edu/zoutrition

What if I have additional questions?

If you have further questions, we would be delighted to answer them!  Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 573-882-2605, or communitymusic@missouri.edu.