Every year, hundreds of young musicians in grades 6–12 attend UW–Madison’s Summer Music Clinic to expand their musical horizons, learn from experienced music educators and meet new friends from all areas of Wisconsin and beyond.

Mount Horeb high schooler Ally Hansen, a brass instrumentalist, has attended Summer Music Clinic for several years.

“The days at camp are pretty full, and fun,” Hansen said. “For most of the day, you have music-related classes and activities that you get to choose from.”

Hansen appreciates the opportunity to learn from music educators from around the world because they offer a “different take on the music.”

Classes and social activities offer opportunities to learn from peers, too.

“During the day, you are with different people for each class so you get to know a lot of people as opposed to just the people in your instrument group,” Hansen said. “I’m a brass player and some of them are violin players, so I usually don’t get to talk to them since we sit so far away from each other in the orchestra.”

Now in its 92nd year, Summer Music Clinic will look a little different this summer due to the pandemic. Sessions will be held online, as three-day intensives that combine foundation classes in band, orchestra, choir and more with elective classes in topics including diversity in music, sound design, movie musicals and spoken word. New this year are opportunities for students with no performance experience to participate.

Hansen gives the experience high marks.

“I would recommend this camp because it has a nice balance between music and just having a fun summer!”

 The 2021 Summer Music Clinic sessions are June 21–June 23 and June 24–June 26 for junior campers completing grades 6–8, and June 28–June 30 and July 1­­­–July 3 for senior campers completing grades 9–12. Scholarships are available. For more information, see the Summer Music Clinic website or e-mail smc@wisc.edu.