About 160 students who have completed grades 5-12 are registered for the Summer Music Camp. During the camp, they will explore new areas of music, take classes in music theory, world drumming and composition, work alongside USD music faculty and students, participate in a variety of ensembles and hear live musical performances.

“The Summer Music Camp has so many opportunities for students during the week, and it gives them a chance for them to be with other kids making music,” said David Holdhusen, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Music. “We want them to experience a fun-filled week that reinforces their love and passion for music, helps them develop as musicians and leaders and creates a lifelong love for the art form.”

The camp is also valuable to USD music students who work as counselors, giving them opportunities as pre-professional teachers to practice classroom management, lesson planning, instructional methods and classroom preparation. 

“This camp is so important for the USD students who work as counselors,” Holdhusen said. “Any teaching opportunity with school aged students is valuable and applicable to full-time teaching careers.”

The goal of the camp is for students to improve on their individual instruments or voice and to gain additional music knowledge. The week ends with concerts on Friday, allowing the young musicians to showcase the work they did during their time on campus.

“Our biggest mission is to show the campers there are other people their age that love music as much as they do and that there is musical life beyond high school and even possibly into a career,” Holdhusen said. “We hope that all of these students will come to USD and major in music, but, more than that, we hope these students will continue to follow their musical passions.”
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