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Eastern Music Camp

Thanks for a great 2022 EMC!

See you next year: July 16-22, 2023! 

Band, Choir, Instrumental Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Strings

Camp History

Join us July 16-22, 2023, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University for the 75th anniversary of Eastern Music Camp! Founded in 1947 by then Music Department Chair Leo J. Dvorak, we're proud of our long tradition of supporting young musician's educational experiences. In 2022, all camps were $525 for the week, inclusive of all instruction, housing, meals, and social activities. Registration will open no later than February 1, 2023. 

Our Camps          Camper smiling

A typical day includes six classes -- four specific to the camp the student is attending, and two electives. Instrumental Jazz and Musical Theatre have their own courses designed to complement the material presented in the performance part of the instructional day. Instruction lasts from 8:30-4:00, and evenings include social activities and a series of concerts by faculty, staff, and students. 

Band (completing 5th through 12th grades)

Choir (completing 5th through 12th grades)

Instrumental Jazz (completing 6th through 12th grades)

Musical Theatre (completing 8th through 12th grades)

Piano (completing 5th through 12th grades)

Strings (completing 7th through 12th grades)


All students selected for the ILMEA All-State festival in Peoria receive an automatic $100 scholarship. This can be combined with a general scholarship, for those who earn those awards.

$100 general scholarships are offered each year, chosen by application. These applications will be available early in 2023, and will be due in April.

For further consideration of financial assistance based on need, please contact the EMC director's office by email. Some years, additional donors come forth to help students attend camp.

Support a Camper

If you would like to donate any amount to support a camper, please send an email to the EMC Director to discuss how you would like to be recognized. A check would be the easiest way to do this, made out to EIU, and send to the following address:

Eastern Music Camp
EIU Dept of Music
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920

Online donation options are being improved and expanded and will be available soon.


Please contact us by email or call the EMC Director's office at 217-581-6627.

Future EMC Dates

July 14-20, 2024


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Contact Information

Music Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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