Seminar is a high school summer music camp designed to serve as an enjoyable, pre-college experience for serious, young musicians. It is organized to promote artistic, social, recreational and cultural interaction among the participating young artists. It simultaneously serves as a vital experience for the students as well as a valid artistic representation of the School of Music at Western Michigan University. School of Music Director of Concerts Kevin West has served as the administrative director of Seminar since 2010, having served as the registrar from 1995 to 2009. School of Music Concerts Assistant Dannielle Sturgeon has served as the registrar since 2015.
Western Michigan University will observe the 68th consecutive year of its celebrated high school summer music camp in 2019. All sessions are held on the University's main campus in Kalamazoo where some 120 students from seven areas of study—brass, woodwind, percussion, string, vocal/choral, keyboard and composition—gather each summer to pursue and develop their interests in music.
"I learned more in those two weeks than I had in a year of band. Not because I have a bad band director but because it is more advanced and you get lots of individual attention. Seminar also gives you a taste of what college is like. They treat you like adults." – Nicole P., 2016 Seminar student
Develop your gift
- 2:1 student/faculty ratio with world-class instructors.
- A transformative experience.
- Build confidence and leadership skills.
- Create lasting friendships with others who share your passion.
- Grow as a soloist and a collaborative chamber musician.
- Personal attention and individualized training.
During camp, students participate in the following:
- Elective class
- Musicanship class
- Performance class
- Private lessons
Seminar is held for two weeks in Kalamazoo, Mich. from July 7–20, 2019. For more detailed information about important deadlines and concert dates, please visit the important dates page.
Tuition fees are all inclusive, and scholarships are available to all that apply. The tuition fees listed below are from the previous year. Seminar 2019 tuition fees will be updated in December.
- $1,685 Resident (live on campus)
- $1,485 Commuting (live off campus)