SEMINAR 2020 Online

SEMINAR 2020 Online: July 20–24, 2020

For 68 years, the summer music camp at Western Michigan University — SEMINAR — has welcomed aspiring young musicians to the university’s main campus in Kalamazoo. This year presents very unique challenges to that history given the continuing and evolving unknown factors surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution and after very careful consideration, the faculty and staff in the School of Music at WMU have elected to offer SEMINAR as an online experience held July 20–24, 2020. This change reflects our shared desire to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff participating in the program this year, while at the same time offering an artistic and educational opportunity at a time when one is greatly needed.

SEMINAR 2020 Online carries forward the spirit of the face-to-face camp, and we are excited to offer a rewarding musical, social, and inspirational experience with a variety of virtual activities for outstanding young musicians. The faculty of Western Michigan University School of Music are teaching private lessons and classes, including brand new elective classes. Our carefully selected camp counselor staff of university music majors is hard at work creating WONderful social engagements for participants. 


Find your path, make your music

SEMINAR 2020 Online features two tracks, both packed with features and content that students will find enriching and motivating. The Free Experience requires only registration and grants access to a wide variety of asynchronous live-streamed and recorded concerts and masterclasses, links to music faculty generated content, as well as inspirational content. Free Experience registrants also are invited to our College Information Night hosted by the School of Music undergraduate advisor and our camp counselors.

The Full Experience unlocks all of the synchronous lessons, masterclasses, instructional content, and counselor-led group activities. 


SEMINAR 2020 Online Free Experience Full Experience
Curricular Content    
Private Lessons (at least 2x per week)   Yes!
Group Lessons (2x per week)   Yes!
Theory / Musicianship class   Yes!
Elective class (students choose one)   Yes!
Enrichment Content    
Access to livestreamed and recorded SEMINAR 2020 performances and masterclasses Yes! Yes!
Links to music faculty generated content (techniques/fundamentals, college audition preparation, etc.) Yes! Yes!
Links to music related informational content (Ted Talks on listening, making music, etc.) Yes! Yes!
College Information Night (video conference with Undergraduate Advisor and Counselors) Yes! Yes!
Sessions with Counselor groups (video conferences meet-n-greet, “Ask a Music Major,” etc.)   Yes!
Online social activities/games with Counselor groups   Yes!



A huge component of SEMINAR is the lifelong friendships that form while making music together in the rehearsal room, as well as outside. Traditionally, SEMINAR camp counselors begin and end each day with students as they head from the dorms to Dalton Center or the cafeteria. With SEMINAR 2020 Online, our camp counselors play just as important a roll, beginning the scheduled day with camp groups in daily group sessions and ending each evening with group activities, music watch parties, and other relationship-building  participatory events.

Daily SEMINAR 2020 Online Schedule 
(all times Eastern Standard Time)

  • morning (11 a.m.–noon) Group sessions and check-in with counselors
  • 1–3 p.m.  Private and group lessons
  • 3:10–4 p.m. Theory / Musicianship Class
  • 4:10–5 p.m. Elective Class
  • evening (7–9 p.m.) Activities with counselors


Cost and application

The SEMINAR 2020 Online Full Experience cost is $675. We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to qualified applicants, and we are thankful to the Burdick-Thorne Foundation for their generous gift that makes this possible. The foundation’s ongoing support of the School of Music allows us to provide important outreach programs to the community, such as SEMINAR.

To apply for SEMINAR 2020 Online, whether you want to participate in the Free Experience or Full Experience, fill out the application form.

If you are applying for the Full Experience, you will still need to submit audition recordings which can be found here. No audition materials are necessary to register for the Free Experience. 


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