Day Camps: Music

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
A Columbus Children's Choir summer program

Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many camp organizers are either moving their 2020 summer camps to online offerings or canceling their programs for this year. The state of Ohio declared May 14 that day camps would be allowed to operate under specific guidelines as of May 31, so some camps are still taking place in person, though with special precautions. This list, part of our 2020 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide, was accurate at the time our Spring issue came out in early March, but many camp plans have changed since, so be sure to contact the organizer of any camp you have already enrolled in or are hoping to sign up for to confirm whether it is still taking place.

Capriccio Youth Choir: CYC Summer Institute

Ages served: 7-18

Dates/times: 7/21-7/23; full day (6+ hours)

Description: The Summer Institute is open to any singer entering grades 2-12 who wants to explore choral music to enhance their skills. Participants enhance music reading skills, ensemble and individual singing confidence, and explore a varied vocal repertoire. Camp ends with an “informance” for families.

Cost: $75 CYC singer, $95 non-CYC singer

Camp location: St. Andrew Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin

For more information: Kristen Chapman, cyc.backoffice@gmail.com, 740-641-5864, capricciocolumbus.org/choir/cyc 

Columbus Children’s Choir: Elementary Summer Singers

Ages served: 7-11

Dates/times: 6/15-6/18; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Singers of all experience levels entering grades 3-5 develop vocal technique and musicianship skills in an engaging setting. Camp includes interactive experiences with music reading, movement and drumming, and ends with a performance for family and friends.

Cost: $95 to $120

Camp location: Columbus Children’s Choir, 760 E. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: Tammy Gebara, tammy@columbuschildrenschoir.org, 614-220-5555, columbuschildrenschoir.org/summer-singers 

Columbus Children’s Choir: Middle School Summer Singers

Ages served: 10-14

Dates/times: 6/8-6/12; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Singers of all experience levels entering grades 5-8 develop vocal technique and musicianship skills in an engaging setting. Camp includes interactive experiences with music reading, movement and drumming, and ends with a performance for family and friends.

Cost: $115 to $145

Camp location: Columbus Children’s Choir, 760 E. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: Tammy Gebara, tammy@columbuschildrenschoir.org, 614-220-5555, columbuschildrenschoir.org/summer-singers

Creative Strings Youth Workshop: Creative Strings Workshop

Ages served: 10-17

Dates/times: 6/30-7/3; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Creative Strings Workshop is an opportunity for middle and high school string instrument students to study jazz, pop, Latin, folk, fiddle and other styles in a relaxed, small group setting with some of the top performers in the world, right here in Central Ohio.

Cost: $150; financial assistance and scholarships are available

Camp location: Willis Education Center, 74 W. William St., Delaware

For more information: Christian Howes, chris@christianhowes.com, 614-332-8689, christianhowes.com/creative-strings-shop/creative-strings-workshop/creative-strings-workshop/csw-youth-program 

GROOVE U: Write · Record · Play Advanced

Ages served: 15-19

Dates/times: 6/8-6/12; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Spend a week in the producer’s chair at GROOVE U’s creative campus and experience what it’s like to learn, work and create alongside industry professionals and other creatives in state-of-the art studios.

Cost: $700 to $750

Camp location: GROOVE U, 5030 Bradenton Ave., Dublin

For more information: Sarah Hudson, sarah@grooveu.net, 614-291-6122, grooveu.edu/writerecordplaya

GROOVE U: Write · Record · Play Beginner

Ages served: 11-14

Dates/times: 6/8-6/12; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Spend a week at GROOVE U’s creative campus and get the full experience of being a songwriter, producer, artist and performer. Spend time in the studios crafting the next No. 1 song and trying out all aspects of the creation process.

Cost: $350 to $400

Camp location: GROOVE U, 5030 Bradenton Ave., Dublin

For more information: Sarah Hudson, sarah@grooveu.net, 614-291-6122, grooveu.edu/writerecordplayb

The Ohio State University School of Music: Middle School Concert Band Academy

Ages served: Entering grades 7-9

Dates/times: 6/21-6/26; full day (6+ hours)

Description: This program is designed for middle-level concert band musicians to enrich their understanding of music in a noncompetitive and positive program. Activities include ensemble rehearsals, instrument-specific master classes and two electives (improvisation, jazz introduction, world drumming and ukulele).

Cost: $295

Camp location: Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road, Gahanna

For more information: youthsummermusic@osu.edu, 614-292-7940, music.osu.edu/outreach/ysmp

The Ohio State University School of Music: Morning String Student Workshop

Ages served: Entering grades 4-9

Dates/times: 6/15-6/26; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: This daily workshop offers motivational, hands-on training in technique and aural skill development, participation in chamber music ensembles and large orchestra rehearsals in a noncompetitive atmosphere. All students should have at least one year of playing experience.

Cost: $295

Camp location: The Ohio State School of Music, 1866 College Road, Columbus

For more information: youthsummermusic@osu.edu, 614-292-2336, music.osu.edu/outreach/ysmp 

Otterbein University: Otterbein Summer Music Experience

Ages served: 14-18

Dates/times: 6/1-6/6; full day (6+ hours)

Description: 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.

Cost: $475

Camp location: Otterbein University, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville

For more information: Nicholas Ross, summermusic@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1219, otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/music-camp

Vaud-Villities Productions: Vaud-Villities Youth Show Camp

Ages served: 6-17

Dates/times: 7/20-7/24; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Take the stage in a Broadway-style show, through hands-on experiences in song, dance, costuming and staging. There is a Master Class for seniors and a showcase performance for family at the conclusion of camp. Juniors ages 6-10 meet in the morning and seniors ages 11-17 in the afternoon.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., Columbus

For more information: Karen McCurdy, teacher@karenmccurdy.com, 614-563-0518, vvshows.org

2020 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide